William Russell, 8th Duke of Bedford

William Russell, 8th Duke of Bedford (1 July 1809 – 27 May 1872) was a British Whig politician. He was the son of Francis Russell, 7th Duke of Bedford and his wife Anna Maria Stanhope.

The Duke of Bedford
Arms of the Duke of Bedford
Born(1809-07-01)1 July 1809
Died27 May 1872(1872-05-27) (aged 62)
TitleDuke of Bedford
Tenure14 May 1861 – 27 May 1872
Other titles8th Marquess of Tavistock
12th Earl of Bedford
12th Baron Russell
10th Baron Russell of Thornhaugh
8th Baron Howland
ParentsFrancis Russell, 7th Duke of Bedford
Lady Anna Stanhope

Russell was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford and was Member of Parliament (MP) for Tavistock (which had been represented by members of the Russell family intermittently since 1640) from 1832 to 1841.[1]

He died in 1872, aged 62, unmarried and childless and was buried in the 'Bedford Chapel' at St. Michael’s Church, Chenies, Buckinghamshire. His titles passed to his cousin, Francis Hastings Russell, 9th Duke of Bedford.


  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.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Hawkins
Francis Russell
Member of Parliament for Tavistock
With: Charles Fox
John Rundle 1835
Succeeded by
John Rundle
Lord Edward Russell
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Francis Russell
Duke of Bedford
Succeeded by
Francis Russell

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