Wriothesley Russell 1680-1711

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Wriothesley RUSSELL, 2nd Duke of Bedford 1680-1711

Russell's bookplate (British Museum Franks Collection *17)

Biographical Note

Son of William Russell, 1st Baron Russell (executed in 1683 for involvement in the Rye House Plot); he inherited the title and estates of the Duke of Bedford from his grandfather, William Russell in 1700. Matriculated at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1696, but did not graduate. He held a number of court and local administrative posts before his early death from smallpox.


Russell used an engraved armorial bookplate (Franks 25699/*17); the extent and disposition of his library are not known.