Lord Edward Russell

Admiral Lord Edward Russell CB MP (24 April 1805 – 21 May 1887) was a British naval officer and Whig politician.

Admiral Lord

Edward Russell

Lord Edward Russell, lithograph by Josef Kriehuber, 1842
Member of Parliament
for Tavistock
In office
29 June 1841  29 July 1847
Preceded byLord Russell, John Rundle
Succeeded byHon. Edward Russell, Sir John Salusbury-Trelawny, Bt
Personal details
Born(1805-04-24)24 April 1805
Died21 May 1887(1887-05-21) (aged 82)
Spouse(s)Mary Ann Taylor
ParentsJohn Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford
Lady Georgina Gordon

Early life

He was the son of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford, and his second wife Lady Georgina Gordon, and was the younger half-brother of future Prime Minister John Russell.


Russell gained the rank of Midshipman in 1819 in the service of the Royal Navy. He gained the rank of Lieutenant in 1826. He fought in the Battle of Navarino in 1827, the victory over the Turks. He gained the rank of Commander in 1828. He gained the rank of Captain in 1833.

He was elected unopposed as Member of Parliament (MP) for Tavistock at the 1841 general election, but did not stand again in 1847.[1] He held the office of Naval Aide-de-Camp to HM Queen Victoria between 1846 and 1850. He was invested as a Companion, Order of the Bath in 1855. He gained the rank of Rear-Admiral in 1856. He gained the rank of Vice-Admiral in 1863. He gained the rank of admiral in 1867.

He died in 1887, aged 82, and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.[2]

Personal life

He married Mary Ann Taylor on 8 February 1860. They did not have any children. She died in 1874.[3]


See also

  • O'Byrne, William Richard (1849). "Russell, Edward" . A Naval Biographical Dictionary. John Murray via Wikisource.


  1. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 301. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  2. Brompton Cemetery List of notable occupants Archived 23 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Thom's Directory of Ireland. 1878. p. 224.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord Russell
John Rundle
Member of Parliament for Tavistock
With: John Rundle to 1843
Sir John Salusbury-Trelawny, Bt from 1843
Succeeded by
Hon. Edward Russell
Sir John Salusbury-Trelawny, Bt
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