Frank Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen

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Francis Xavier Joseph Russell [Frank], Baron Russell of Killowen PC, (2 July 1867 – 20 December 1946) was a British judge.

The fourth son of the Charles Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen, the Lord Chief Justice of England, Russell was educated at Beaumont College and Oriel College, Oxford, gaining a First in Jurisprudence in 1890. He was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1893. In 1908 he was appointed King's Counsel.

Russell was appointed to the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice in 1919, declining the customary knighthood because, as the son of a peer, he outranked a knight bachelor. Between 1928 and 1929 he was a Lord Justice of Appeal. He was made a member of the Privy Council on 7 May 1928.

On 18 November 1929, he was appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and became subsequently a life peer with the title Baron Russell of Killowen, of Killowen in the County Down, the same his father already had and his son would have. He retired in 1946 and died the same year.

Russell married at the Brompton Oratory on 17 February 1900 Mary Emily Ritchie, daughter of Charles Ritchie, 1st Baron Ritchie of Dundee.[1] They had one son, Charles Ritchie Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen, also a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.


  1. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36069). London. 19 February 1900. p. 11.