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THE LIFE

OF

WILLIAM LORD RUSSELL.

CHAPTER L

ORIGIN OP THE FAMILY OF RUSSELL. THE FIRST EARL

OF BEDFORD. FRANCIS, EARL OF BEDFORD. WILLIAM, EARL OF BEDFORD.

The family of Russell seems to have been long in possession of a small landed property in Dorsetshire. In 1221 John Russell was constable of Corfe Castle. William Russell, in 1284, obtained a charter for a market at his manor of Kingston-Russell. In the first year of Edward the Second, he was returned to parliament one of the knights for the county of Southampton. Sir John Russell, the lineal descendant of William, was Speaker of the House of Commons in the second and tenth years of the reign of Henry VI. His son John Russell lived at BarVol. r. B

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