Andrew Russell, 15th Duke of Bedford

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The Duke of Bedford
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Born (1962-03-30) 30 March 1962 (age 52)
Title Duke of Bedford
Tenure since 13 June 2003
Other titles 15th Marquess of Tavistock
19th Earl of Bedford
19th Baron Russell
17th Baron Russell of Thornhaugh
15th Baron Howland
Heir Henry Russell, Marquess of Tavistock
Spouse(s) Louise Rona Crammond
Issue Lady Alexandra Louisa Clare Russell
Henry Robin Charles Russell
Parents Robin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford
Henrietta Joan Tiarks

Andrew Ian Henry Russell, 15th Duke of Bedford (born 30 March 1962), is the son of Henry Robin Ian Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford, and his wife, Henrietta Joan Tiarks.

Biography[edit]

He was educated at Hall School, Hampstead, Heatherdown Prep School, Harrow and Harvard, where he received his BA degree. He was known as Lord Howland until his grandfather's death in 2002, when he adopted the courtesy title Marquess of Tavistock, previously held by his father, Robin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford. He succeeded to the Dukedom of Bedford the following year after his father suffered a fatal stroke. He also succeeded to the titles of 19th Earl of Bedford, 15th Marquess of Tavistock, 17th Baron Russell of Thornhaugh, and 15th Baron Howland of Streatham, all on 13 June 2003. Since then has been styled His Grace The Duke of Bedford.[1] He is also a descendant of Mary Boleyn.

In 2011 he ranked 145th in the Sunday Times Rich List, with an estimated wealth of £520 million.[2] According to the Daily Mail the Duke is busy refurbishing much of the London estate as well as running Woburn Abbey, Safari Park and Golf Club.[3] The family live at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire.

Family and children[edit]

He married Louise Rona Crammond, daughter of Donald Ian Crammond and his wife Rona Zara Clifford-Johns and stepdaughter of Sir Evelyn Delves Broughton, 12th Baronet, of Doddington Park on 16 October 2000 at Westminster, London. They have two children, Alexandra Lucy Clare (b.2001) and Henry Robin Charles, Marquess of Tavistock (b. London, 7 June 2005).[4]

Ancestry[edit]

Patrilineal descent[5][edit]

Titles from birth[edit]

  • Lord Howland (1962–2002)
  • Marquess of Tavistock (2002–2003)
  • His Grace The Duke of Bedford (2003–present)

References[edit]

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Robin Russell
Duke of Bedford
2003–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
His Grace The Duke of St. Albans
Gentlemen Succeeded by
His Grace The Duke of Devonshire