Lord Arthur Russell

Lord Arthur John Edward Russell (14 June 1825 – 4 April 1892) was a British Liberal Party politician.

He was born in London on 14 June 1825, the second of three sons of Major-General Lord George William Russell and Elizabeth Anne Rawdon, daughter of the Hon. John Theophilus Rawdon, himself second son of the 1st Earl of Moira. His elder brother was Francis, later 9th Duke of Bedford and his younger brother was Odo, later 1st Baron Ampthill.

He was educated in Germany and from 1849 to 1854 he was private Secretary to his uncle, the Liberal Prime Minister Lord John Russell. Between 1857 and 1885, he sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Tavistock. He only spoke rarely in the Commons, once in reply to an attack on his brother Odo.

On 25 September 1865, Russell married Laura de Peyronnet, daughter of Paul Louis Jules, Vicomte de Peyronnet. They had six children, Harold Russell, Flora Russell, the diplomat Sir Claud Russell, Caroline Russell, Major Gilbert Russell and Conrad Russell.

He was raised to the rank of a Duke's son on 25 June 1872 and was then known as Lord Arthur Russell.

He was a great clubman and belonged to Brooks's, the Athenaeum, the Cosmopolitan, Grillion's, THE CLUB, and the Metaphysical Society. He was involved in the Senate of the University of London, serving on this body from 1875 to his death.

Russell died on 4 April 1892 at 2 Audley Square, London, and was buried in Brompton Cemetery, London. There is a memorial to him in the 'Bedford Chapel' at St. Michael’s Church, Chenies.

The ideological gulf between Britain and the new German Empire was stressed by Lord Russell in 1872:

Prussia now represents all that is most antagonistic to the liberal and democratic ideas of the age; military despotism, the rule of the sword, contempt for sentimental talk, indifference to human suffering, imprisonment of independent opinion, transfer by force of unwilling populations to a hateful yoke, disregard of European opinion, total want of greatness and generosity, etc., etc."[1]


  1. Klaus Hilderbrand (2013). German Foreign Policy. Routledge. p. 21.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Byng
Sir John Salusbury-Trelawny, 9th Bt
Member of Parliament for Tavistock
1857 1885
With: George Byng 1857-1868
Joseph d'Aguilar Samuda 18651868
Succeeded by
Viscount Ebrington

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