Thursday, April 14, 2022

Julia Cecil [nee Murless] 1942-2022

 Julia Cecil [nee Murless] who died 13 April, 2022, aged 80, was the first of the three wives of the legendary race horse trainer, Sir Henry Cecil [1943-2013], and was a popular Newmarket trainer in her own right.

The Wensleydale-born Julia Murless was born 14 February, 1942, daughter of the racehorse trainer Sir [Charles Francis] Noel Murless [1910-1987], of Warren Place, Newmarket, and his wife [nee Carlow]; and married 18 October, 1966 [divorced 1990], as the first of his three wives, Henry Richard Amherst Cecil [born 11 January, 1943], scion of the Barons Amherst of Hackney, a posthumous twin son of Lt-Col Henry Kerr Auchmuty Cecil [1914-killed in action 1942], and his wife the former Elizabeth Rohays Mary Burnett [1916-93], scion of the Burnett of Leys baronets, by whom she had issue, a son, [Arthur] Noel Amherst Cecil [born 3 Feb, 1973], and a daughter, Katrina Henrietta Amherst [Katie] Cecil [born 17 June, 1971]. Her former husband was knighted in 2011, and died 11 June, 2013.


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