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Francis Russell, 4th Earl Bedford[1]

Male 1593 - 1641  (48 years)


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  • Name Francis Russell 
    Suffix 4th Earl Bedford 
    Born 1593 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 May 1641 
    Buried Chenies, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/RUSSELL.htm#Francis%20RUSSELL%20(4°%20E.%20Bedford)

      Baron Russell of Thornhaugh, co. Northampton, being only son and heir of «b»William, Lord Russell of Thornhaugh«/b» (so created 21 Jul 1603), by «b»Elizabeth«/b», daughter and heir of «b»Henry Long«/b». He was born 1593, attended his father in Ireland, when a youth, was knighted 30 Mar 1607, and succeeded to his father's Peerage 9 Aug 1613. Custos Rot. 1619, and Lord Lieutenant of Devon, 1623, both till his death. In 1630 he undertook the great work of draining the fens in the counties of Northampton, Cambridge, Huntingdon, Norfolk and Lincoln, called from him "«i»the Bedford level«/i»". He is said to have been Grand Master of Freemasons 1635-36. Though of the popular party, his moderation was such that he had undertaken to preserve Lord Stafford's life. He wsa one of the 16 'popular' noblemen, named by the King, Sep 1640, to treat with the Scots at Ripon. P.C. 19 Feb 1641; the King also had resolved to make him Lord High Treasurer, but his premature death prevented the accomplishment thereof. He married (settlement dat. 22 Feb.) 26 Feb 1608/9, at St. Mary le Strand, «b»Catherine«/b», daughter and coheir of «b»Giles Brydges, 3rd Baron Chandos of Sudeley«/b», by «b»Frances«/b», daughter of «u»«b»Edward Clinton, Earl of Lincoln <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/EdwardClintonFiennes(1ELincoln).htm>«/u»«/b». He died 9 May 1641, of the small pox, and was buried at Chenies, aged about 48. Will dated 14 Oct 1639, pr. 8 Feb 1642. His widow died 29 Jan, and was buried 16 Feb 1656/7, with him. M.I.".
    Person ID I42973  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 19 May 2007 

    Father William Russell, 1st Baron Russell of Thornhaugh,   b. Between 1558 and 1562,   d. 9 Aug 1613, Northall, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Long,   b. Abt 1562,   d. 12 Jun 1611  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Married 13 Feb 1585  Watford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F551609611  Group Sheet

    Family Catherine Brydges, Countess Bedford,   b. Between 1583 and 1597, Sudeley Manor, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 29 Jan 1657  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1608  St Mary Le Strand, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sir William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford,   b. Aug 1616,   d. 7 Sep 1700, Bedford House, The Strand, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
     2. Anne Russell, Countess of Bristol,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Francis Russell,   d. 1641
     4. John Russell,   d. 1681
     5. Lady Brooke Katherine Russell,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2009 
    Family ID F551609610  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S27] http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/.