Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612), Statesman
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Robert Cecil was son of William Cecil, Lord Burghley. He was Secretary of State (1596-1608), and secured the succession of James VI of Scotland to the English throne in 1603. Created Baron, Viscount and Earl in three years (1603-5), he built Hatfield House, and died deeply in debt. King James called him his 'little beagle'; he was also known as 'the crook-backed Earl'. His punning Latin motto can be translated as 'Late but in earnest'.