Cousins Rev Lord Wriothesley and Elizabeth Laura Henrietta Russell?

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I created Elizabeth & connected her to her husband, Rev. Lord Wriothesley Russell. His profile had a note they were 2nd cousins. As far as I can tell, that's an unsourced statement from his wikipedia article , the sourcing I found has them as 1st cousins. The newspaper with their marriage announcement doesn't indicate their relationship - her father was "Lord William Russell". Hoping someone else could confirm this is right. Thanks!

WikiTree profile: Elizabeth Russell
in Genealogy Help by Kirk Hess G2G6 Mach 6 (61k points)

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Not yet found a primary source. Debrett's gives a date of birth and  has her as the youngest  daughter  of Lord William. Burkes also has this

Lord William was an eccentric who was murdered )

He was according to the  above "b. 20 Aug. 1767, 3rd and posth. s. of Francis Russell, mq. of Tavistock‚Ć (d.1767), and Lady Elizabeth Van Keppel, da. of William Anne, 2nd earl of Albemarle; bro. of Lord John Russell"

The National Trust also says that she is Lord William Russell's  youngest daughter and has a picture of her as a child (probably not copyright free)


Aha found a more contemporary source mentioning that they were cousins .An 'announcement ' of their marriage

The Edinburgh magazine Vol 26, July- December 1829 p 268

evidence of Wriothesley Russells parents

The Right Hon'ble Lord Wriothesly  Russell son of his GraceJohn Duke and Georgianna Dutchess (sic) of Bedford  born 11 May 1804, baptised 5th June

St Martin in the Fields, Westminster

London Metropolitan Archives, St Martin in the Fields, Westminster, Transcript of baptisms, marriages and burials, Mar 1804-Mar 1805, DL/T/093/003 (viewed on ancestry)

see also Cambridge alumni

Russell, Lord Wriothesley.
Adm. pens. (age 19) at TRINITY, June 25, 1823. [4th] s. of John [6th Duke of Bedford], Earl Russell (by his 2nd wife, Georgiana, 5th dau. of Alexander, 4th Duke of Gordon).
B. May 11, 1804, in London.
School, Westminster.
Matric. Michs. 1823; M.A. 1829.
R. of Chenies, Bucks., 1829-86.
Preb. of Windsor.
R. of Streatham, Surrey, 1830-5. Canon-Res. of St George's, Windsor, 1840-86.
Deputy Clerk of the Closet to the Queen, 1850-86.
Chaplain to Prince Albert.
Chaplain-in-Ordinary, 1862-6. Married, June 23, 1829, his cousin, Elizabeth Laura Henrietta, youngest dau. of Lord William Russell, and had issue.
Died Apr. 6, 1886, at Chenies.
(Record of Old Westminsters; Boase, III. 355; Burke, P. and B.; Cant.
Act Book; Lipscomb
, III. 251; Crockford.)

(the Chenies village site has some nice info about him as the local vicar .. though you have to remember that Chenies manor and Church together  dominate the village which is not much more than a bend in the road between Chesham and Chalfont,  the manor  of course was owned by the Russells)  

Edit, as far as I can they are first cousins


by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (280k points)
selected by Kirk Hess
That's what I thought - I thought perhaps there was more than one Lord William Russell.

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