Francis Russell, 9th Duke of Bedford
|The Duke of Bedford|
|Born||16 October 1819|
|Died||14 January 1891(aged 71)|
|Title||Duke of Bedford|
|Tenure||27 May 1872 – 14 January 1891|
|Other titles||9th Marquess of Tavistock
13th Earl of Bedford
13th Baron Russell
11th Baron Russell of Thornhaugh
9th Baron Howland
|Successor||George Russell, 10th Duke|
|Issue||George William Francis Sackville Russell
Ella Monica Sackville Russell
Ermyntrude Sackville Russell
Herbrand Arthur Russell
|Parents||Lord George William Russell
Elizabeth Anne Rawdon
The son of Major-General Lord George William Russell and Lady William Russell, and the grandson of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford, Russell was born in Curzon Street, London, and commissioned into the Scots Fusilier Guards in 1838, retiring in 1844. He was Liberal Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire from 1847 until 1872, when he succeeded to his dukedom and took his place in the House of Lords. In 1886, he broke with the party leadership of William Ewart Gladstone over the First Irish Home Rule Bill and became a Unionist.
He took an active interest in agriculture and experimentation on his Woburn Abbey estate and was President of the Royal Agricultural Society in 1880. On 1 December 1880, he was made a Knight of the Garter. From 1884 until his death he was Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire.
He died in 1891, aged 71 at 81 Eaton Square, London, by shooting himself as a result of insanity, while suffering from pneumonia. After being cremated at Woking Crematorium, his ashes were buried at the ‘Bedford Chapel’ of St. Michael’s Church in Chenies, Buckinghamshire.
- George William Francis Sackville Russell, 10th Duke of Bedford (1852–1893)
- Lady Ella Monica Sackville Russell (1854–1936), died unmarried.
- Lady Ermyntrude Sackville Russell (1856–1927), married Edward Malet, 4th Bt.
- Herbrand Arthur Russell, 11th Duke of Bedford (1858–1940)
- The 9th Duke was known as "Hastings, 9th Duke of Bedford", the style used for example on the plaque recording his 1883 gift of the Drake statue in Tavistock
- The Complete Peerage, Volume II. St Catherine's Press. 1912. pp. 86–87.
- The Complete Peerage, Volume II. p. 87.
- Lloyd, E.M. & Seccombe, T. "Russell, Lord George William (1790–1846)", rev. James Falkner, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 , <accessed 28 Feb 2006> (subscription required)
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Duke of Bedford
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Lord Charles Russell
|Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire
With: Viscount Alford 1847–1851
Sir Richard Gilpin, Bt 1851–1872
Sir Richard Gilpin, Bt
The Earl of Sandwich
|Lord Lieutenant of Huntingdonshire
The Earl of Sandwich
|Peerage of England|
|Duke of Bedford