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RUSSELL, FRANCIS, second Earl Of Bedford (1527?-1586), son of John Russell, first earl of Bedford; of King's Hall, Cambridge; K.B., 1547; M.P., Buckinghamshire, 1547-52; witnessed deed by which Edward VI settled the crown on Lady Jane Grey, 1553; Imprisoned, 1553-5; escaped to continent ; returned, 1558; privy councillor, 1558; took active part in religious settlement; warden of east marches, governor of Berwick, and K.G., 1564; commissioner to treat as to Mary Queen of Scots' marriage, 1564; lord president of Wales and lieutenant of Garter, 1576; chief-justice and justice in eyre of royal forests south of Trent, 1581.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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