Definition of Lord Burghley from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Lord Burghley

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William Cecil (1520-98) a British politician. He was one of the most important members of Queen Elizabeth I's government, working as Secretary of State (1558-72) and Lord Treasurer (1572-98). He was responsible for making England a strong military and economic power. He was also responsible for many grand buildings, including Burghley House. He was made a knight in 1551 and a baron in 1571.