Knights Companion Sir William Russell K.G., 1st Duke of Bedford


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Knights Companion Sir William Russell K.G., 1st Duke of Bedford

  • Born: Aug 1616
  • Marriage: Anne Carr
  • Died: 7 Sep 1700, Bedford House, London, England at age 84
  • Buried: 17 Sep 1700, Chenies, Buckinghamshire, England

  General Notes:

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford KG PC, was a British peer and soldier, the son of Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford.

Russell was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford and served as MP for Tavistock from 1640 to 1641, when he succeeded his father as 5th Earl of Bedford.


Russell was Lord Lieutenant of Devon and Lord Lieutenant of Somerset in 1642. He was General of the Horse in the Parliamentary Service on 14 July 1642 and he fought in the Battle of Edgehill on 23 October 1642, for the Parliamentarians, but later fought in the first Battle of Newbury on 20 September 1643, for the Royalists.

He held the office of Governor of Plymouth in 1671 and was invested as a Knight of the Garter (K.G.) on 29 May 1672. He held the office of Joint Commissioner for the office of Earl Marshal in 1673 and Recorder of Cambridge in 1689. He was Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire between 1689 and 1700 and Lord Lieutenant of Middlesex between 1692 and 1700.

He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) on 14 February 1689 and created Duke of Bedford and Marquess of Tavistock on 11 May 1694. He was created Baron Howland of Streatham on 13 June 1695, with remainder to his grandson, Wriothesley Russell.

Bedford died on 7 September 1700 at age 84 at Bedford House, London and was buried on 17 September 1700 at Chenies, Buckinghamshire.

Marriage and Family

Russell married Anne Carr, daughter of the Earl of Somerset, on 11 July 1637, bringing him a fortune of £12,000. They had seven children:

* Lord James Russell (d. 1712), married Elizabeth Lloyd and had issue.
* Lady Margaret Russell, married her first cousin, Edward Russell, 1st Earl of Orford
* John Russell, died in infancy.
* Francis Russell, Lord Russell (1638-1678), died unmarried.
* William Russell, Lord Russell (1639-1683), married Lady Rachel Wriothesley and had issue.
* Lord Edward Russell (c. 1642-1714), married Frances Willliams.
* Lady Diana Russell (c. 1652-1701), married firstly, Greville Verney, 9th Baron Willoughby de Broke and had issue. She married secondly, William Alington, 3rd Baron Alington of Killard and had issue.

William married Anne Carr, daughter of Knights Companion Sir Robert Carr 1st Earl of Somerset, K.G. and Frances Howard Countess of Somerset. (Anne Carr was born about 1608.)

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