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Sir John Wriothesley Russell, (22 August 1914 – 1984), British diplomat, Ambassador, who was descended from John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford.

He was educated at Eton College and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1935 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), He was part of the British Embassy in Moscow in 1941 and in 1956, also with a M.A. degree, getting awarded a CMG in 1958. He was British Ambassador in Ethiopia, 1962–1966, was awarded a KCVO in 1965, being British Ambassador to Brazil, 1966–1969, GCVO in 1968, and British Ambassador to Spain, 1969 – 1974.

He was married to Aliki Diplarakou, the first Greek Miss Europe.

He was interviewed briefly in the famous documentary series The World At War in 1973.



  • Charles Mosley, editor, "Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage", 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 321.