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The earliest member of the Russell family, Stephen Russell of Dorset, can be traced back as far as 1394 when he represented Weymouth in Parliament but it was his great-great grandson, John, who established the family fortune. The estate was given to him by Edward VI, in recognition of his diplomatic service to Henry VIII. He became Baron Russell and in 1550 was created First Earl of Bedford.

The Woburn Family Tree
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