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Ampthill, Baron (UK, 1881)

 

Creation: let. pat. 11 Mar 1881

 

Family name: Russell

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Arms:

Argent a Lion rampant Gules on a Chief Sable three Escallops of the field, a Mullet Or for difference

Crest:

A Goat statant armed and unguled Or, charged on the body with a Mullet Sable for difference

Supporters:

Dexter:  a Lion Gules ducally gorged and charged on the shoulder with a Mullet Or;  Sinister:  an Heraldic Antelope Gules armed crined and tufted Or ducally gorged and charged on the shoulder with a Mullet also Or

Motto:

Che Sera Sera (What will be, will be)

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Odo William Leopold [Russell], 1st Baron Ampthill, GCB GCMG PC

3rd son of Maj Gen Lord George William Russell GCB (2nd son by his first wife of John [Russell], 6th Duke of Bedford) by his wife Elizabeth Ann Rawdon, only child Hon John Theophilus Rawdon (by his wife Frances Stevenson, dau. of Joseph William Hall Stevenson), 2nd son by his third wife of John [Rawdon], 1st Earl of Moira

born

20 Feb 1829

mar.

5 May 1868 Lady Emily Theresa Villiers VA, Lady of the Bedchamber 1885-1901 (b. 9 Sep 1843; d. 22 Feb 1927), 3rd dau. of George William [Villiers], 4th Earl of Clarendon, by his wife Lady Katherine Barham, widow of John Joseph Barham, of Stockbridge, co. Hampshire, and 1st dau. of Walter James [Grimston], 1st Earl of Verulam

children

1. Hon Arthur Oliver Villiers Russell, later 2nd Baron Ampthill

2. Hon Sir Odo William Theophilus Villiers Russell KCMG KCVO CB, Attaché: Diplomatic Service 1892 Rome 1893 and Athens 1894, 3rd Secretary: Foreign Office 1894 and St Petersburg 1896, 2nd Secretary: Rome 1898, Buenos Aires 1899, Vienna 1900 and Berlin 1903, 1st Secretary 1905, Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary 1905-08, Counsellor in Vienna 1908-14, Diplomatic Secretary to the Foreign Secretary 1915, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to: Berne 1919-22, the Vatican 1923-28 and The Hague 1928-33 (b. 3 May 1870; d. 23 Dec 1951), mar. 25 Jun 1910 Countess Marie Louise Rex (d. 16 Nov 1966), dau. of Count Rudolf Karl Casper Rex, Saxon Minister at Vienna, and had issue

3. Hon Victor Alexander Frederick Villiers Russell CBE JP, barrister, served in World War I 1914-18 as Lt Col 5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, Bencher Inner Temple 1934, Recorder of Bedford 1929-48 (b. 27 Jun 1874; d. 11 Mar 1965), mar. 23 Aug 1905 Annora Margaret Bromley Martin (b. 7 Apr 1872; d. 21 Jun 1949), 4th dau. of George Edward Martin DL, of Ham Court, co. Worcester, by his wife Maria Henrietta Cherry, dau. of Benjamin Cherry, of Brickendon Grange, co. Hertford, and had issue

4. Hon Alexander Victor Frederick Villiers Russell CMG MVO, served with the Grenadier Guards in the Boer War 1899-1902 and World War I 1914-18, GSO War Office 1908-10, Military Attaché at Berne with the rank of Brig General 1919-20, special mission to Chile 1920, Romanian Boundary Commissioner 1921-26, Brig General 1926 (b. 27 Jun 1874; d. 3 Jan 1965), mar. 11 Feb 1909 Marjorie Gladys Guinness (d. 28 Apr 1949), only dau. of Claude Hume Campbell Guinness, of Knockmaroon House, co. Dublin, by his first wife Gladys Helen Louisa Rowley, 2nd dau. of Col Hon Hercules Langford Boyle Rowley JP DL, of Marlay Grange, co. Dublin (by his wife Louisa Jane Campbell, sister of Archibald Campbell [Douglas later Campbell], 1st Baron Blythswood, and dau. of Archibald Douglas later Campbell, 17th Laird of Mains and 12th Laird of Blythswood), 2nd son of Hercules Langford [Rowley], 2nd Baron Langford, and had issue

1. Hon Constance Evelyn Villiers Russell (b. 1 Jan 1872; d. 27 Sep 1942)

2. Hon Augusta Louise Margaret Romola Villiers Russell (b. 14 Mar 1879; d. 15 Nov 1966)

died

25 Aug 1884 (bur. at Chenies, co. Buckingham)

created

11 Mar 1881 Baron Ampthill, of Ampthill in the County of Bedford

suc. by

son

note

Attaché at Vienna 1849; Foreign Office 1851; Attaché at Paris 1852, Constantinople 1854, Washington 1857, Florence 1858 and Naples 1860; Special Service, Rome 1860-70; Assistant Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 1870-71; Ambassador to Berlin 1871-84; granted by Royal Warrant 25 Jun 1872 the precedence of the younger son of a Duke; Privy Councillor 1872; GCB 1874; GCMG 1879

 

Arthur Oliver Villiers [Russell], 2nd Baron Ampthill, GCSI GCIE

born

19 Feb 1869

mar.

6 Oct 1894 Lady Margaret Lygon CI GCVO GBE DGStJ, Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Mary (b. 8 Oct 1874; d. 12 Dec 1957), 3rd dau. of Frederick [Lygon], 6th Earl Beauchamp, by his first wife Lady Mary Catherine Stanhope, only dau. of Philip Henry [Stanhope], 5th Earl Stanhope

children

1. Hon John Hugo Russell, later 3rd Baron Ampthill

2. Admiral Hon Sir Guy Herbrand Edward Russell GBE KCB DSO ,served in World War I 1914-18 and World War II, Admiral commanding Reserves 1949-51, Commander-in-Chief Far East Station 1951-53, Second Sea Lord 1953-55, First and Principal Naval ADC to Queen Elizabeth II 1954-58, Chairman National Association of Boys' Clubs 1958-63, Chairman Missions to Seamen 1960-65 (b. 14 Apr 1898; d. 25 Sep 1977), mar. 16 Feb 1939 Hon Helen Elizabeth Blades (b. 27 Jul 1908; d. 16 Nov 1995), 2nd dau. of (George) Rowland [Blades], 1st Baron Ebbisham, by his wife Margaret Emma Reiner, 1st dau. of Arthur Reiner, of Ferriby, Sutton, co. Surrey, and had issue

3. W/Cdr Hon Edward Wriothesley Curzon Russell OBE RAF, Assistant Editor of the Morning Post 1932-35 and Managing Editor 1935-37, served in World War II 1939-45 as W/Cdr RAFVR (b. 2 Jun 1901; d. 1982), mar. 11 Oct 1941 Baroness Barbara Korff (mar. (2) 1988 Arthur Farwell), dau. of Baron Serge Alexandrovitch Korff, of Russia, and had issue

4. Brig Hon Leopold Oliver Russell OBE, served in World War II 1939-45 as Brig Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (TA), Assistant Secretary Board of Trade 1946-47, Director British Institute of Management 1947-56, Director-General Cement and Concrete Association 1958, Member Board of Governors of National Hospital for Nervous Disorders 1963 (b. 26 Jan 1907; dsp. 1988), mar. 9 May 1935 (div. 1954) Rosemary Wintour, only dau. of Capt Charles John Wintour RN by his wife Katherine Mary Keyes, sister of Roger John Brownlow [Keyes], 1st Baron Keyes, and 2nd dau. of General Sir Charles Patton Keyes GCB JP, of Croghan, co. Donegal, by his wife Katherine Jessie Norman, sister of Field Marshal Sir Henry Norman GCB GCMG CIE, and dau. of James Norman

1. Hon Phyllis Margaret Russell OBE, Lady-in-Waiting to HRH Princess Mary The Princess Royal 1963-65 and Extra Lady-in-Waiting 1965 (b. 3 Jun 1900; dsp. 16 Apr 1998), mar. 4 Apr 1940 (annulled 1942) Capt William George Preston Thorold (b. 25 Sep 1892; dsp. 23 Apr 1943), 1st son of Cdr Hubert Gould Williams Thorold RN, by his wife Lora Marsh Karslake, dau. of Preston Karslake, of White Knights, Reading, co. Berkshire

died

7 Jul 1935

suc. by

son

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Private Secretary to the Colonial Secretary 1895-1900; Governor of Madras 1900-1906 (Viceroy and Governor-General of India ad interim 1904) ; Pro Grand Master, United Grand Lodge of Freemasons of England

 

John Hugo [Russell], 3rd Baron Ampthill, CBE

born

4 Oct 1896

mar. (1)

18 Oct 1918 (div. 1937) Christabel Hulme Hart (d. 16 Feb 1976), dau. of Lt Col John Hart, of Broadhurst, Heathfield, co. Sussex, by his wife Blanche Anstruther Erskine, 4th dau. of Capt David Holland Erskine, HM Consul at Madeira

only child by first wife

1. Hon Geoffrey Denis Erskine Russell, later 4th Baron Ampthill

mar. (2)

22 Feb 1937 Sibell Faithfull Lumley (d. 13 Sep 1947), dau. of Thomas Wilkinson Lumley

mar. (3)

24 Jul 1948 Adeline Mary Constance Hone (b. c. 1910; d. 22 Jun 2004), 1st dau. of Rev Canon Henry Evelyn Hone, Vicar of Godalming, co. Surrey, by his wife Adeline Mabel Ellen Lane, only dau. of Frederick George Alexander Lane JP

children by third wife

2. Hon John Hugo Trenchard Russell, of Ringstead Farm, Dorchester, co. Dorset (b. 13 Oct 1950), mar. 9 Oct 1976 Susanna Helen Merriam, dau. of Peter Merriam, of Holton Lodge, Holton St Mary, co. Suffolk, son of Sir Lawrence Pierce Brooke Merriam MC JP DL, by his wife Lady Marjory Kennedy, 2nd dau. of Archibald [Kennedy], 3rd Marquess of Ailsa, by his second wife Isabella MacMaster, only dau. of Hugh MacMaster, a market gardener, of Kausani, India, and has issue

1. Hon Georgina Adeline Villiers Russell (b. 3 Jan 1952), mar. 1981 Charles Francis Hoare (d. 1991), son of Col Charles Edward Hoare

died

3 Jun 1973

suc. by

son by first wife

note

served in both World War I 1914-18 and World War II 1939-45 as Captain, Royal Navy; CBE 1945

 

Lord Ampthill petitioned for a divorce from his first wife in Apr 1922 on account of her adultery, misconduct being alleged as early as Nov 1918, within a month of their wedding.  On 15 Oct 1921 Lady Ampthill gave birth to a male child, of which Lord Ampthill, by affidavit, disclaimed the paternity.  After a divorce of 1923 was overturned on appeal in 1924, Lady Ampthill petitioned on behalf of her son seeking a declaration of legitimacy.  This was granted in 1925.  Following the death of Lord Ampthill in 1973, the succession of his son was allowed on the grounds that his declared legitimacy brought him within the terms of the patent of creation as heir male of the body.

 

Geoffrey Denis Erskine [Russell], 4th Baron Ampthill, CBE PC

born

15 Oct 1921

mar. (1)

20 Jul 1946 (div. 1971) Susan Mary Sheila Winn (mar. (2) Edward Remington-Hobbs; d. Apr 2001), 2nd dau. of S/Ldr Hon Charles John Frederic Winn, of Nostell Priory, Wakefield, co. York (by his 1st wife Hon Olive Cecilia Paget, 1st dau. by his first wife of Almeric Hugh [Paget], 1st Baron Queenborough), 2nd son of Rowland [Winn], 2nd Baron Saint Oswald

children by first wife

1. Hon David Whitney Erskine Russell, later 5th Baron Ampthill

2. Hon James Nicholas Geoffrey Russell (b. 22 Jul 1948; dvp. 17 Oct 1969)

3. Hon Anthony John Mark Russell, heir presumptive to the Barony of Ampthill (b. 10 May 1952), mar. 1985 (div. 19...) Christine L O'Dell, 1st dau. of John O'Dell, and has issue:

1a. William Odo Alexander Russell (b. 1986)

1. Hon Vanessa Mary Linda Russell (b. 18 Sep 1960), mar. 24 Jun 1983 (div. 19...) Charles Ivor Angus Burt, 1st son of Ivor B Burt, of Moreton House, Highgate, London, and has issue

mar. (2)

28 Mar 1972 (div. 1987) Elisabeth Anne Marie Mallon, dau. of Claude Henri Gustave Mallon, of Paris, France

died

23 Apr 2011

suc. by

son by first wife

note

served in World War II 1939-45 as Capt, Irish Guards; Deputy Speaker House of Lords 1983-99; CBE 1986; Member of the Select Committee on the Channel Tunnel Bill 1987; Deputy Chairman, Express Newspapers 1989-2011 and of United Newspapers 1991-96; Chairman of Committees, House of Lords 1992-94; Privy Councillor 1995; Member of the Select Committee on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bill 1996; elected hereditary peer (Deputy Speaker - Cross Bench), House of Lords 1999-2011

 

David Whitney Erskine [Russell], 5th Baron Ampthill

born

27 May 1947

mar. (1)

15 Nov 1980 (div. 1998) April McKenzie Arbon, 2nd dau. of Paul Arbon, of New York, USA

children by first wife

1. Hon Christabel Joan Susan Russell (b. 18 Dec 1981)

2. Hon (Pauline Alexandra) Daisy Russell (b. 15 Nov 1983)

mar. (2)

6 Jul 2002 Princess Christia Romanov (widow of Prince Rostislav Romanov), dau. of Harold Noregaard Ipsen, of Chicago, Michigan, USA, by his wife Lorraine Wrobel

 

The heir presumptive to the Barony of Ampthill is Hon Anthony John Mark Russell, youngest son of the 4th Baron Ampthill and brother of the present Baron.

 

Last updated 25 Mar 2012

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Title:

5th Baron Ampthill, of Ampthill in the County of Bedford

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 11 Mar 1881)

 

Address:

Mountsfield, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7NH

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