William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter KG
(1566 – 6 July 1640
), known as Lord Burghley
from 1605 to 1623, was an English peer
Exeter was the son of Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter and Dorothy Nevill, daughter of John Nevill, 4th Baron Latymer.
In 1589, William married Elizabeth Manners, the only child of the 3rd Earl of Rutland and they had one child, William Cecil, 17th Baron de Ros.
Elizabeth died in 1591 and William married Elizabeth Drury and they had three children: