Andrew Russell, 15th Duke of Bedford

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The Duke of Bedford
Duke of Bedford
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Arms of the Duke of Bedford
Tenure 13 June 2003 – present
PredecessorRobin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford
Other titlesLord Howland (1962–2002)
Marquess of Tavistock (2002–2003)
Born (1962-03-30) 30 March 1962 (age 60)
Louise Rona Crammond
(m. 2000)
IssueLady Alexandra Russell
Henry Russell, Marquess of Tavistock
HeirHenry Russell, Marquess of Tavistock
ParentsRobin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford
Henrietta Tiarks

Andrew Ian Henry Russell, 15th Duke of Bedford (born 30 March 1962) is a British peer and landowner. His main estate is based at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire.


The eldest son of Henry Robin Ian Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford, and his wife, Henrietta Tiarks, Bedford was educated at Hall School, Hampstead and Heatherdown School, near Ascot in Berkshire, followed by Harrow School 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.[1]

He has two younger brothers, Robin and James.[1]

On 13 June 2003 he succeeded to the Dukedom of Bedford when his father suffered a fatal stroke, also becoming 15th Marquess of Tavistock, 19th Earl of Bedford, 17th Baron Russell of Thornhaugh, and 15th Baron Howland of Streatham.[1]

Personal life[edit]

On 16 October 2000, at St Margaret's Church, Westminster, Lord Howland (as he then was) married Louise Rona Crammond, a daughter of Donald Ian Crammond.[1]

They have two children:

  • Lady Alexandra Lucy Clare Russell (b. 9 July 2001)[1]
  • Henry Robin Charles Russell, Marquess of Tavistock (b. London, Greater London, Middlesex, 7 June 2005)


  • 1962–2002: Lord Howland
  • 2002–2003: Marquess of Tavistock
  • 2003: His Grace The Duke of Bedford


  1. ^ a b c d e Burke's Peerage and Baronetage volume 1 (Burke's Peerage Ltd., 2003), p. 318

Peerage of England
Preceded by Duke of Bedford
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by Gentlemen
The Duke of Bedford
Succeeded by