Lord William Russell

(1639—1683) politician and conspirator

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Russell, son of the earl of Bedford, entered Parliament in 1660 for Tavistock and became a leader of the Shaftesbury Whigs. In 1678 he moved an address asking Charles II to remove his brother James, duke of York, from his counsels and in 1680 he joined in presenting the duke as a notorious papist. But the court took its revenge. In 1683 Russell was accused of complicity in the Rye House plot to assassinate James and Charles and was beheaded in Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Subjects: British History.

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