Russell was nephew of the 1st duke of Bedford, entered the navy in 1671, and saw much service in the second Anglo‐Dutch War. Alienated from the court by the execution of his cousin Lord Russell, he signed the invitation to William of Orange in 1688 and landed with him at Brixham. He was promoted admiral in 1689 and gained the victory of La Hogue over the French in 1692. He served as 1st lord of the Admiralty 1694–9 and again 1709–10. Under George I, he resumed as 1st lord until 1717. He died without issue and in 1742 the title of Orford was revived for Sir Robert Walpole.
Subjects: British History.