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Russell, Francis, Duke of Bedford.
Adm. nobleman (age 14) at TRINITY, Dec. 17, 1779. [Eldest] s. of Francis, Marquess of Tavistock (above) (and Elizabeth, 6th dau. of William, 2nd Earl of Albemarle).
B. July 23, 1765.
School, Westminster.
Succeeded his grandfather, John, as 5th Duke and 9th Earl of Bedford, Jan. 15, 1771.
Spent 1784 and 1785 in foreign travel.
Took his seat in the House of Lords, 1787.
A strong adherent of Fox.
Friend of the Prince of Wales, and one of the two unmarried dukes who supported him at his marriage to Princess Caroline of Brunswick, 1795.
In a letter to his brother, Lord John Russell, he described how the Prince was so drunk on this occasion that he 'could hardly support him from falling.' Made many changes both in his property at Woburn and in London.
Bedford House, Bloomsbury (built by Inigo Jones) was demolished, and Russell Square and Tavistock Square were built on the site.
Established a model farm at Woburn, and started annual exhibitions there of sheep-shearing, etc.
Member of the first Board of Agriculture, 1793.
First President of the Smithfield Club.
A great patron of the turf.
Died, unmarried, Mar. 2, 1802, at Woburn Abbey; buried at Chenies.
Succeeded by his brother, Lord John Russell.
A statue by Sir Richard Westmacott was erected in Russell Square, 1809.
(Record of Old Westminsters; Burke, P. and B.; D.N.B.; Lipscomb, III. 250; G. Mag., 1802, I. 281.)
Francis RUSSELL, Duke of Bedford
Approx. lifespan: 1765–1863
nobleman aged 14 Trinity College adm1779:12:17
Eldest s. of Francis RUSSELL, Marquess of Tavistock (above) (and Elizabeth, 6th dau. of William, 2nd Earl of Albemarle)
b. 1765:07:23
Sch: Westminster School Westminster, [London],
Succeeded his grandfather, John, as 5th Duke and 9th Earl of Bedford 1771:01:15
Spent 1784, and 1785 in foreign travel.
Took his seat in House of Lords 1787
A strong adherent of Fox. Friend of the Prince of Wales, and one of the two unmarried dukes who supported him at his marriage to Princess Caroline of Brunswick 1795
In a letter to his brother, Lord John Russell, he described how the Prince was so drunk on this occasion that he "could hardly support him from falling."
Made many changes both in his property Woburn, [Bedfordshire], and London , . Bedford House, Bedford, Bloomsbury, [London], (built by Inigo Jones) was demolished, and Russell Square, [London], and Tavistock Square, [London], were built on the site.
Established a model farm Woburn, [Bedfordshire], , and started annual exhibitions there of sheep-shearing, etc.
Member of: the first Board of Agriculture 1793
First President of: : Smithfield Club
A great patron of the turf.
d., unmarried 1802:03:02 at Woburn Abbey, Woburn, [Bedfordshire],
buried Chenies, [Buckinghamshire],
Succeeded by his brother, Lord John RUSSELL
A statue by Sir Richard Westmacott was erected Russell Square, [London], 1809
( Record of Old Westminsters ; Burke, P. and B.; D.N.B.; Lipscomb, III. 250; G. Mag 1802, I. 281)

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