John Russell, 13th Duke of Bedford

John Russell, 13th Duke Of Bedford

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John Ian Robert Russell, 13th Duke of Bedford (24 May 1917 – 25 October 2002) was a British peer and writer, the son of Hastings Russell, 12th Duke of Bedford. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1985.


The Duke endured an extremely strange upbringing. He was often reduced to eating the chocolates put out for his father's beloved parrots.

The 13th Duke was known in his youth as Ian, with the courtesy title Lord Howland. In 1940 his father succeeded to the dukedom and Lord Howland acquired the courtesy title Marquess of Tavistock.

On 6 April 1939 he married Clare Gwendolen (née Bridgman) Hollway ( 1903–1945 ). She died of a drug overdose in 1945. They had two children:

On 13 February 1947, Lord Tavistock married his second wife, (born 17 October 1917 - died 25 July 2006), daughter of John Yarde-Buller, 3rd Baron Churston and the former Denise Orme, and widow of Capt. Ian Archibald de Hoghton Lyle (1909–1942), heir to a baronetcy; she had two children by her first marriage. They were divorced in 1960. They had one child:
  • Lord Francis Hastings Russell (b. 27 February 1950)

The Duke of Bedford married, thirdly, Nicole Milinaire (b. 29 June 1920) on 4 September 1960. The Duke had no children by this union.


Russell started his career as a rent collector in 1938, in Stepney. He then joined...
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