Earl of Orford

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Earl of Orford is a title that has been created three times.

The first creation came in the Peerage of England in 1697 in when the naval commander Admiral of the Fleet Edward Russell was made Earl of Orford, in the County of Suffolk. He was created Baron of Shingay, in the County of Cambridge, and Viscount Barfleur at the same time, also in the Peerage of England. A member of the influential Russell family, he was the son of the Honourable Edward Russell, a younger son of Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford and younger brother of William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford (see Duke of Bedford for earlier history of the Russell family). Lord Orford had no children and the titles became extinct on his death in 1727.[1]

The title was created again in the Peerage of Great Britain in 1742 for Sir Robert Walpole, regarded as the de facto first Prime Minister of Great Britain, who at the same time was created Viscount Walpole and Baron Walpole of Houghton.

It was created a third time in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1806 for Horatio Walpole 4th Baron Walpole of Walpole.[2][3]

Earls of Orford; First creation (1697)[edit]

Family Tree[edit]

Russell Family Tree: Earls and Dukes of Bedford
 
 
 
 
 
 
BARON RUSSELL, 1539
EARL OF BEDFORD, 1551
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Russell,
1st Baron Russell,
1st Earl of Bedford

(c.1485–1555)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Francis Russell,
2nd Earl of Bedford

(1527–1585)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baron Russell of Thornhaugh
Edward Russell,
Lord Russell
(1551–1572)
 
John Russell,
Lord Russell
(c.1553–1584)
 
Sir Francis Russell,
Lord Russell
(c.1554–1585)
 
William, 1st Baron Russell
of Thornhaugh

(c.1558–1613)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edward Russell,
3rd Earl of Bedford

(1572–1627)
 
Francis, 2nd Baron Russell
of Thornhaugh,
4th Earl of Bedford

(1593–1641)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DUKE OF BEDFORD, 1694
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
William Russell,
5th Earl of Bedford,
1st Duke of Bedford

(1616–1700)
 
 
 
 
 
Hon. Edward Russell
(1626–1665)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EARL OF ORFORD, 1697
Francis Russell,
Lord Russell
(1638–1679)
 
William Russell,
Lord Russell

(1639–1683)
Attainted & executed for treason
 
Lady Margaret Russell
(1656–1702)
 
Edward Russell,
1st Earl of Orford

(1652–1727)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wriothesley Russell,
2nd Duke of Bedford

(1680–1711)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wriothesley Russell,
3rd Duke of Bedford

(1708–1732)
 
John Russell,
4th Duke of Bedford

(1710–1771)

This tree goes only as far as the death of the Earl of Orford and contains his ancestors and contemporaries. For further tree descendants see Duke of Bedford

Earls of Orford; Second creation (1742)[edit]

Earls of Orford; Third creation (1806)[edit]

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