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Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury.
Portrait of 1602.
From here.

Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury,
born 1563.
See Wikipedia.

He mar 1589 to Elizabeth Brooke.
[Aubrey's "Brief Lives"] says he was a lover of Lady Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke.
His niece Susan de Vere would marry Lady Mary's son the 4th Earl of Pembroke in 1604.

He succeeded to his father's job as a chief advisor (Secretary of State and Lord Privy Seal) to Elizabeth I.
Secretary of State 1596 to death 1612.
His father died 1598.
Lord Privy Seal 1598 to 1608.
In later years of Elizabeth's reign, he developed contacts with James VI, King of Scotland, which led to James succeeding Elizabeth in 1603.
He was cr Viscount Cranborne (NOT Cranbourne) 1604.
He was cr Earl of Salisbury 1605.
He built Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, from 1608.
Lord High Treasurer 1608 to death 1612. He died 24 May 1612.
Ancestor of Marquess of Salisbury.

The Treaty of London between England and Spain, being signed on 19 August 1604.
It was signed probably at old Somerset House, S side of The Strand, London.
Spanish delegation on the left. English delegation on the right.
Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, is on the right in foreground.
From here.



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