Francis Russell
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Francis Russell (1739 - 1767)

Francis "Marquess of Tavistock" Russell
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Francis Russell was a member of the aristocracy in British Isles.


Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford, held other titles as follows:

5th Marquess of Tavistock
9th Earl of Bedford
9th Baron Russell
7th Baron Russell of Thornhaugh
5th Baron Howland

Francis Russell was born on 27 September 1739.[1]

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.[1]

Frances was educated at Westminster in 1749; then Trinity College, Cambridge from 1757-9.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1] They had 3 sons, one of whom was born posthumously.[1]

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.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Sir Lewis Namier, RUSSELL, Francis, Mq. of Tavistock (1739-67)., The History of Parliament: British Political, Social & Local History, Crown copyright and The History of Parliament Trust 1964-2014, ( 1964-2015), accessed 4 September 2015, .

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The EE Citation template needs to be removed (it's not approved). I've been copying the citation and replacing it wherever used. Would you like to do it here?


posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott