In 1477, when Edward Burgh, eldest son and heir was aged 13, his father arranged an advantageous marriage with the heiress of the Cobham family, Anne - aged 9. Edward was knighted by the king at 23 after the Battle of Stoke Field.
The Cobham estates included the magnificent castle of Sterborough or Starborough, near Lingfield. Starborough Castle provided, not only, excellent hunting for the family and its guests, but a high standard of accommodation, much closer to London and the court, as well as important neighbours, like the Hautes at Igtham Mote, and the Duke of Buckingham at Penshurst.
The Burghs continued to occupy the castle until it was sold to Thomas, Lord Richardson in 1634, by the last remaining heirs, four sisters, who inherited the Castle after the early death of their brother Robert, The 6th Lord Burgh in 1602, at the age of 8.