Hon. Catharine Russell, Countess of Bedford

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Hon. Catharine Russell (Brydges), Countess of Bedford

Birthplace: Sudeley Manor, Gloucestershire, England
Death: Died in Chenies, Buckinghamshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Giles Brydges, 3rd Baron Chandos and Lady Frances Clinton, Baroness of Chandos of Sudeley
Wife of Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford
Mother of William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford; Catherine Greville; Anne Digby, Countess of Bristol; Lady Diana Russell; Margaret Montagu and 4 others
Sister of Elizabeth Brydges

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About Hon. Catharine Russell, Countess of Bedford

Catherine Brydges, 1576-January 29, 1656/7, was the daughter of Giles Brydges, 3rd baron Chandos (1547-February 21, 1594) and Frances Clinton (1553-September 12, 1623). She does not seem to have served as a maid of honor, although many other women in her family did. With her sister Elizabeth (1574-October 1617), she was co-heiress to a fortune estimated at £16,500. On February 26, 1608/9, she married Francis Russell, baron Russell of Thornhaugh and later 4th earl of Bedford (1593-May 9, 1641) at St. Mary le Strand. In spite of her late marriage (at about thirty-two), she was the mother of ten children: William, 5th earl and 1st duke (August 1616-September 7, 1700), Francis (d.c.1696), John (d.1681), Edward (d. September 21, 1665), Catherine (d. December 1, 1676), Anne (d. January 27, 1696/7), Margaret (d. November 1676), Diana (1624-January 30, 1695), Elizabeth, and Frances. After the deaths of two of their daughters, in 1612 and 1616, Lord Russell built a tomb for himself and his wife at Chenies, Buckinghamshire. They lie on a tombchest with effigies of the two girls lying under a pair of arches with a broken pediment. Peter Sherlock's Monuments and Memory in Early Modern England gives the date of Catherine's death as 1653.

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Hon. Catharine Russell, Countess of Bedford's Timeline

Sudeley Manor, Gloucestershire, England
August 1616
Age 40
Thornhaugh, Northamptonshire, England
Age 42
Thornhaugh, Northamptonshire, , England
Age 44
Thornhaugh, Northamptonshire, England
Age 48
January 29, 1656
Age 80
Chenies, Buckinghamshire, England