Edward Russell, 3rd Earl of Bedford

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The Earl of Bedford
Spouse(s) Lucy Harington
Father Sir Francis Russell, Lord Russell
Mother Eleanor Forster
Born 20 December 1572
Died 3 May 1627

Edward Russell, 3rd Earl of Bedford (20 December 1572 – 3 May 1627) was an English nobleman and politician. He was the son of Sir Francis Russell, Lord Russell and his wife, Eleanor Forster.[1] He was the paternal grandson of Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford. His maternal grandparents were Sir John Forster of Bamburgh and Jane Radcliffe.[1]

He married Lucy Harington, daughter of John Harington, 1st Baron Harington of Exton, on 12 December 1594, bringing him £10,000 and the estate of Minster Lovell.

In 1601, he engaged in the insurrection of the Earl of Essex, was fined £10,000 and was briefly imprisoned. He held the office of Custos Rotulorum of Devon between 1596 and 1619.

He died in 1627, aged 54 at Moor Park, Hertfordshire, England, without surviving issue, where he had resided since 1614.[2] He was buried on 11 May 1627 in the 'Bedford Chapel' at St. Michael’s Church, Chenies, Buckinghamshire and his titles passed to his cousin, Francis Russell.



  1. ^ a b Collins, A. (1720). The Baronettage of England: Being an Historical and Genealogical Account of Baronets, from Their First Institution in the Reign of King James I. : Containing Their Descents, the Remarkable Actions and Employments of Them and Their Ancestors: as Also Their Marriages, Issue, &c. with Their Coats of Arms and Crests Engrav'd and Blazon'd, (Vol. 2, pp.121). London: W. Taylor. Google Books.
  2. ^ http://www.trmt.org.uk/rickmansworth/[permanent dead link]
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir John Gilbert
Custos Rotulorum of Devon
Succeeded by
The Lord Russell of Thornhaugh
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Francis Russell
Earl of Bedford
Succeeded by
Francis Russell