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 at age 60 in Woburn, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
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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.


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

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

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

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


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.

Research Notes

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


  • Source: Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Review (1731) Vol. 1, Page 451: Marriages. "The Ld John Russel, to the Lady Diana Spencer, at Marlborourgh House, St. James's. She had a Fortune of 30,000 £. down, and was to have 100,000 £. at the Death of the Dutchess Dowager of Marlborough, her Grandmother."

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