St. Martin's Church, Stamford, Lincolnshire.

Monument to Richard Cecill.

On the east wall of the Burghley Chapel is this monument to Richard Cecill who died in 1552 and his wife Jayne who died in 1587. She is shown opposite to him kneeling at a prayer desk. Richard is buried in a vault in St Margaret's Church in Westminster but Jayne is buried in the vault just near this monument. Photograph: Peter Fairweather.

The inscription on the monument reads as follows:-

In Happy Memory
Richard Cecill Esq. & Jayne

The said Richard was of the Robes to Kinge Henry 8 & to King E.6.
He deceased ye 19 of May 1552 and is interred in St Margaretts
Church in Westmr. He was sonne to David Cecill of
Stamford Esqr. High Sherif of ye county of Northampton in
the 33 & 34 yeares King H.8. and is buried in St George his
Church in Stamford. The said Jayne was daughter and heyre
of W'am Heckington of Bourne in ye county of Lincolne Esqr:
She lived 87 yeares wherof she continued a widowe
35 yeares. She deceased ye 10th of March 1587. She was
a very grave religious Vertuous & worthy Matro & delighted
excedingly in ye workes of piety & charity. She was crowned
with much Honor & comfort& (By God His great blessing
she lived to see her children & her childrens children to ye
fourth & fift generation & yt in a plentifull & honorable
succession being a happy mother of yt most honorable Sr Wm
Cecill Knight of ye most noble order of ye garter LO: Burghley
Lord High Trer of England who lyeth here by her
Margaret was first marryed to Roger Cave of Stamford Esqr of whom
is discended Ser Thomas Cave & after to Ambrose Smith of Bosworth
Esquier. Elizabeth was first marryed to Robert Wingfield of Upton
Esquier of whom is discended Ser Robert Wingfield of Upton Knight
& after to Hugh Allington Esquier.



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