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Francis Russell, 7th Duke of Bedford

Francis Russell, 7th Duke of Bedford KG PC (13 May 1788 – 14 May 1861), styled Marquess of Tavistock from 1802 to 1839, was a British peer and Whig politician.

The Duke of Bedford
Born(1788-05-13)13 May 1788
Died14 May 1861(1861-05-14) (aged 73)
TitleDuke of Bedford
Tenure20 October 1839 – 14 May 1861
Other titles7th Marquess of Tavistock
11th Earl of Bedford
11th Baron Russell
9th Baron Russell of Thornhaugh
7th Baron Howland
SuccessorWilliam Russell, 8th Duke of Bedford
Spouse(s)Anna Maria Stanhope
IssueWilliam Russell, 8th Duke of Bedford
ParentsJohn Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford
Georgiana Byng


Background and educationEdit

Statue of Francis, 7th Duke of Bedford by Edward Bowring Stephens, before the Magistrate's Court, Tavistock. Erected by public subscription, 1864
Shield of arms of Francis Russell, 7th Duke of Bedford, KG, PC

He was the son of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford, and his first wife the Hon. Georgiana Byng, second daughter of George Byng, 4th Viscount Torrington.[1] Russell was educated at Westminster School and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1808 as a Master of Arts.[2] He succeeded his father as duke in 1839.


He entered the British House of Commons in 1809, sitting as Member of Parliament for Peterborough in the next three years. Subsequently, Russell represented Bedfordshire until 1832. In the following year, he was summoned to the House of Lords in his father's junior title Baron Howland of Streatham by a writ of acceleration.[1] Russell was sworn of the Privy Council on 6 July 1846 and was invested as a Knight of the Order of the Garter on 26 March 1847. He was made a Special Deputy Warden of the Stannaries in 1852[1] and was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire in 1859, a post he held until his death in 1861.


Russell was the elder brother of John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, who was twice Prime Minister of Britain.

On 8 August 1808, he married the Hon. Anna Maria Stanhope, daughter of Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington, and had by her a son.

Russell died in 1861, aged 73, and was buried on 22 May at the ‘Bedford Chapel’ of St. Michael’s Church at Chenies, Buckinghamshire. He was succeeded in his titles by his only son William.


  1. ^ a b c Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. p. 111.
  2. ^ "Russell, Francis, Marquess of Tavistock (RSL807F)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.

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