John Russell KG PC
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John Russell KG PC (1710 - 1771)

John "4th Duke of Bedford" Russell KG PC
Born in Streatham, Surrey, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married Oct 1731 in Englandmap
Husband of — married 2 Apr 1737 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Woburn, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Nov 2008
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John Russell KG PC is Notable.
Preceded by
Wriothesley Russell, 3rd Duke of Bedford
Duke of Bedford
Succeeded by
Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford


European Aristocracy
John Russell was a member of the aristocracy in British Isles.

John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, KG, PC, FRS (30 September 1710 – 5 January 1771) was an 18th-century British statesman. He was the fourth son of Wriothesley Russell, 2nd Duke of Bedford, by his wife, Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of John Howland of Streatham, Surrey. Known as Lord John Russell, he married in October 1731 Diana Spencer, daughter of Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland; became Duke of Bedford on his brother's death a year later; and having lost his first wife in 1735, married in April 1737 Lady Gertrude Leveson-Gower (died 1794), daughter of John Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Gower.

He died at Woburn on 5 January 1771, and was buried in the 'Bedford Chapel' at St. Michael's Church, Chenies, Buckinghamshire. His sons predeaseased him, and he was succeeded by his grandson, Francis.

Child of John Russell and his first wife Lady Diana Spencer:

  1. John Russell, Marquess of Tavistock (died at birth 6 November 1732)

Children of John Russell and his second wife Hon. Gertrude Leveson-Gower:

  1. Francis Russell, Marquess of Tavistock (27 September 1739 – 22 March 1767)
  2. Lady Caroline Russell (c. January 1743 – 26 November 1811), married George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough

Research Notes

  • Bedford County, Pennsylvania and Bedford County, Virginia are both named in the Duke's honor.


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