Francis Russell, Marquess of Tavistock

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Francis Russell
Marquess of Tavistock
Portrait by Joshua Reynolds.
Born27 September 1739
Died22 March 1767 (aged 27)
Spouse(s)Lady Elizabeth Keppel
ParentsJohn Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford
Lady Gertrude Leveson-Gower

Francis Russell, Marquess of Tavistock (27 September 1739 – 22 March 1767) was a British politician and the eldest son of the 4th Duke of Bedford and his second wife Hon. Gertrude Leveson-Gower.

From 1759 to 1761, he sat in the Irish House of Commons as Whig Member of Parliament for Armagh Borough and then in the British House of Commons for Bedfordshire until 1767.

He was elected as a Bailiff to the board of the Bedford Level Corporation in 1761, a position he held until his death.[1]

On 8 June 1764, he married Lady Elizabeth Keppel, the youngest child of the 2nd Earl of Albemarle. They had three sons:

Lord Tavistock died in 1767 after falling from his horse while hunting. Their eldest son succeeded his grandfather as 5th Duke of Bedford in 1771.


  1. ^ Wells, Samuel. History of the Drainage of the Great Level of the Fens Called ..., Volume 1. p. 500.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Edward Knatchbull
Philip Bragg
Member of Parliament for Armagh Borough
1759 – 1760
With: Edward Knatchbull
Succeeded by
Robert Cuninghame
Hon. John Ponsonby
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Alston, Bt
Henry Osborn
Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire
With: Robert Henley-Ongley
Succeeded by
Robert Henley-Ongley
The Earl of Upper Ossory