Francis Russell was born on 27 September 1739.
He was the only surviving son of John, 4th Duke of Bedford, and his wife, Gertrude Leveson Gower, the daughter of John, 1st Earl Gower.
Frances was educated at Westminster in 1749; then Trinity, followed by Cambridge from 1757-9.
He served in the militia and was a Member of Parliament for Armagh Borough in Ireland from 1759 until 1760, then Bedfordshire in Great Britain's House of Commons between 1 April 1761 and 22 March 1767.
He married on 9 June 1764, Lady Elizabeth, the daughter of William Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle. They lived at Houghton Park House, near Ampthill, Bedfordshire, which his father gave him. They had 3 sons, one of whom was born posthumously.
Tavistock's skull was fractured when his horse kicked him after he'd been thrown while hunting on 10 March 1767, and he died 12 days later.
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