Baron Ampthill

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Barony of Ampthill
Arms of Baron Ampthill
Creation date 11 Mar 1881
Created by Queen Victoria
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).

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