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Lord Alexander Russell
Lord Alexander Russell.
Born (1821-09-16)16 September 1821
Died 10 January 1907(1907-01-10) (aged 85)
Place of birth Woburn, Bedfordshire
Place of death Woodeaton, Oxfordshire
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank General
Unit Rifle Brigade
Battles/wars Crimean War: Siege of Sevastopol
Awards GCB

General Lord Alexander George Russell GCB (16 September 1821 – 10 January 1907), was a British Army general. He served during the Siege of Sevastapol in the Crimean War.

Background[edit | edit source]

Russell was born at Woburn, Bedfordshire, the son of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford and his second wife, Lady Georgina (or Georgiana) Gordon, daughter of Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon, although it has been claimed that Russell's father was actually the Victorian painter Sir Edwin Landseer, who conducted a lengthy affair with the Duchess of Bedford.[1] He was the half-brother of Francis Russell, 7th Duke of Bedford, Lord George Russell and John Russell, 1st Earl Russell and the full brother of Lord Edward Russell and Lord Charles Russell.[2]

Military career[edit | edit source]

Russell was a Colonel in the Rifle Brigade and served during the Siege of Sevastapol in the Crimean War. He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB), having previously been a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB). He did not, however, become Sir Alexander Russell since he already held the higher title of Lord due to his father being first a Marquess and later a Duke.

Life[edit | edit source]

Russell married Anne Emily Worsley Holmes, daughter of Sir Leonard Worsley Holmes, 9th Baronet, on 3 July 1844. They had two children:

  • Alexander Gordon Russell (11 July 1854–4 June 1917); became a Captain in the British Army.
  • Leonard George Russell (6 June 1858–7 April 1946; became a Major in the British Army.

Lady Alexander Russell died in October 1906. Russell only survived her by three months and died at Woodeaton, Oxfordshire, in January 1907, aged 85.[2]

Ancestry[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Campbell Lennie, Landseer: The Victorian Paragon (London: Hamilton, 1976), 28.
  2. 2.0 2.1 General Lord Sir Alexander George Russell

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