Andrew Russell, 15th Duke of Bedford

Andrew Ian Henry Russell, 15th Duke of Bedford (born 30 March 1962) is a British nobleman and peer. He is the son of Henry Robin Ian Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford, and his wife, Henrietta Tiarks.

The Duke of Bedford
Born (1962-03-30) 30 March 1962
TitleDuke of Bedford
Tenure 13 June 2003 – present
Other titlesLord Howland (1962-2002)
Marquess of Tavistock (2002-2003)
HeirHenry Russell, Marquess of Tavistock
Spouse(s)
Louise Rona Crammond
(m. 2000)
IssueLady Alexandra Russell
Henry Russell, Marquess of Tavistock
ParentsRobin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford
Henrietta Tiarks

Biography

Bedford was educated at Hall School, Hampstead and Heatherdown School, near Ascot in Berkshire, followed by Harrow School and Harvard, where he received his BA degree. He was known as Lord Howland until his grandfather's death in 2002, when he adopted the courtesy title Marquess of Tavistock, previously held by his father, Robin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford. He succeeded to the Dukedom of Bedford the following year after his father suffered a fatal stroke. He also succeeded to the titles of 19th Earl of Bedford, 15th Marquess of Tavistock, 17th Baron Russell of Thornhaugh, and 15th Baron Howland of Streatham, all on 13 June 2003. Since then he has been styled His Grace The Duke of Bedford.

Family and children

Bedford married Louise Rona Crammond, daughter of Donald Ian Crammond and his wife Rona Zara Clifford-Johns and stepdaughter of Sir Evelyn Delves Broughton, 12th Baronet, of Doddington Park on 16 October 2000 at St Margaret's Church, Westminster, London. They have two children:

  • Lady Alexandra Lucy Clare Russell (b. 2001)
  • Henry Robin Charles Russell, Marquess of Tavistock (b. 2005)

Titles and style

  • 30 March 1962 – 10 October 2002: Lord Howland
  • 10 October 2002 – 13 June 2003: Marquess of Tavistock
  • 13 June 2003 – present: His Grace The Duke of Bedford

References

    Peerage of England
    Preceded by
    Robin Russell
    Duke of Bedford
    2003–present
    Succeeded by
    Incumbent
    Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
    Preceded by
    The Duke of St. Albans
    Gentlemen
    The Duke of Bedford
    Succeeded by
    The Duke of Devonshire
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