Baron Ampthill

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Barony of Ampthill
Arms of Baron Ampthill
Creation date 11 Mar 1881
Peerage Peerage of the United Kingdom
First holder Odo Russell, 1st Baron Ampthill
Present holder David Russell, 5th Baron Ampthill
Heir presumptive Hon. Anthony John Mark Russell
Remainder to the 1st Baron's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten.

Baron Ampthill, of Ampthill in the County of Bedford, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 11 March 1881 for the diplomat Lord Odo Russell. He was the third son of Major-General Lord George Russell, second son of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford.

His son, the second Baron, served as Governor of Madras from 1899 to 1906 and was interim Viceroy of India in 1904. His grandson, the fourth Baron, was one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remained in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, and sat as a cross-bencher. As of 2014 the title is held by the latter's son, the fifth Baron, who succeeded his father in 2011.

As a descendant of the sixth Duke of Bedford he is also in remainder to this peerage and its subsidiary titles.

Coat of arms[edit]

The heraldic blazon for the coat of arms of the barony is: Argent, a lion rampant gules, on a chief sable three escallops argent, a mullet or for difference.

Barons Ampthill (1881)[edit]

The heir presumptive is the present holder's brother Hon. Anthony John Mark Russell (b. 1952).
The heir presumptive's heir apparent is his son William Odo Alexander Russell (b. 1986).

Family Tree[edit]

Family Tree of the Ampthill Barons
within the
Dukes of Beford Family Tree




 
 
 
 
 
 
John Russell
Created 1538/9
1st Baron Bedford
Later Created 1549/50
1st Earl of Bedford

1485-1544/5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Francis Russell
2nd Earl of Bedford

1527-1585
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edward Russell
Styled
Lord Russell
died 1572
 
John Russell
Called to his father's Barony as
3rd Baron Russell
died 1584
 
Sir
Francis Russell
died 1565
 
William Russell
Created 1603
1st Baron Russell
of Thornhaugh

died 1613
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edward Russell
3rd Earl of Bedford

1572-1627
 
Francis Russell
2nd Baron Russell
of Thornhaugh

later
4th Earl of Bedford

1593-1641
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William Russell
5th Earl of Bedford
Created 1694
1st Duke of Bedford

1616-1700
 
Honourable
Francis Russell
 
Honourable
John Russell
 
Honourable
Edward Russell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Francis Russell
Styled
Lord Russell
1638-1679
 
William Russell
Styled
Lord Russell

1639-1683
Attainted for Treason
Executed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edward Russell
Created
1st Earl of Orford

1652-1727
Title Extinct
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wriothesley Russell
his father's Attainder having been Reversed
2nd Duke of Bedford

1680–1711
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wriothesley Russell
3rd Duke of Bedford

1708-1732
 
John1771 Russell
4th Duke of Bedford

1710-1771
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Francis Russell
Styled
Marquess of Tavistock

1739-1767
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Francis Russell
5th Duke of Bedford

1765-1802
 
John Russell
6th Duke of Bedford

1766-1839
 
Lord
William Russell

1867-1840
Murdered
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Francis Russell
7th Duke of Bedford

1788-1861
 
 
 
 
 
Lord
George William Russell

1790-1846
 
 
 
 
 
Lord
John Russell
Created 1861
1st Earl Russell

1792-1878
Prime Minister
of the
United Kingdom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William Russell
8th Duke of Bedford

1809-1872
 
Francis Charles Hastings Russell
9th Duke of Bedford

1819-1891
 
Lord
Arthur John Edward Russell

1825-1892
 
Lord
Odo William Leopold Russell
Created 1881
1st Baron Ampthill

1829-1884
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
George William Francis Sackville Russell
10th Duke of Bedford

1852-1893
 
Herbrand Arthur Russell
11th Duke of Bedford

1858-1940
 
 
 
 
 
Arthur Oliver Villiers Russell
2nd Baron Ampthill

1969-1935
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hastings William Sackville Russell
12th Duke of Bedford

1888-1953
 
 
 
 
 
Christabel Hulme Hart [n 1]
died 1976
 
John Hugo Russell
3rd Baron Ampthill
[n 2]
c. 1910 - 2004
 
Adeline Mary Constance Hone [n 3]
c. 1910 - 2004
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Ian Robert Russell
13th Duke of Bedford

1917-2002
 
 
 
 
 
Geoffrey Denis Erskine Russell
4th Baron Ampthill
[n 4]
1921-2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honourable John Hugo Trenchard Russell [n 5]
born 1950
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Henry Robin Ian Russell
14th Duke of Bedford

1940-2003
 
David Whitney Erskine Russell
5th Baron Ampthill

born 1947
 
Honourable
James Nicholas Geoffrey Russell
1948-1969
 
Honourable
Anthony John Mark Russell
born 1952
Heir Presumptive
 
Henry John Trenchard Russell
born 1977
 
James Peter Faber Russell
born 1980
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Andrew Ian Henry Russell
15th Duke of Bedford

born 1962
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William Odo Alexander Russell
born 1986
 
William Russell
born 2010
 
Oliver Odo Jonathan Russell
born 2010
 
 
 
 
Henry Robin Charles Russell
Styled
Marquess of Tavistock
born 2005
Heir Apparent

The 5th Baron is 4th Cousin once removed of the 15th Duke of Bedford and is currently 16th in the line of succession to the Dukedom

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ First wife. Divorce proceedings by the 3rd Baron against her in 1922 failed. Divorce proceedings in 1923 succeeded but were overturned on appeal to the House of Lords in 1924. A divorce was finally granted in 1935, but the legitimacy of her son remained intact. (see Russell Case)
  2. ^ Initiated divorce proceedings against his 1st wife in 1922 which failed and again in 1923 which succeeded until overturned by the House of Lords in 1924. His eldest son's, later the 4th Baron, legitimacy was confirmed by the action of the House of Lords. He ultimately succeeded in divorcing his 1st wife in 1935. (see Russell Case)
  3. ^ Third wife, the second marriage failing to produce issue.
  4. ^ His father, through divorce proceedings, tried to have him delcared illegitimate. The House of Lords disagreed and sided with his mother that he was the son of the 3rd Baron. (see Russell Case)
  5. ^ John challenged Geoffrey Russell's right to inherit the Ampthill barony. In 1976, the House of Lords Committee For Privileges reported that the younger John had not made out his claim, so confirming Geoffrey as the 4th Baron Ampthill (see Russell Case)

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