Margaret Russell, Countess of Bedford

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Margaret Russell (St. John), Countess of Bedford

Birthplace: Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England
Death: Died in Woburn, Bedfordshire, England
Place of Burial: Chenies, Buckinghamshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir John St. John, Kt. and Margaret de St. John
Wife of William Gostwick; John II Gostwick and Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford
Mother of Anne Dudley; Henry Russell, Baron Russell; John Russell, Baron Russell; Elizabeth Bourchier; William Francis Russell, 1st Baron of Thornhaugh and 2 others
Sister of Oliver St. John, 1st Baron St. John of Bletso; Margery Saint John and Alice St. John
Half sister of Jane St. John; Charles St. John; Anne Eley; Cressit St john and Mary St. John

Occupation: Countess of Bedford
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About Margaret Russell, Countess of Bedford

Margaret St. John was the daughter of Sir John St. John and Margaret Waldegrave.1 She married, firstly, William Gostwick, son of Sir John Gostwick, before 1555.1 She married, secondly, Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford, son of John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford and Anne Sapcote, before 1556.1 She died on 27 August 1562 at Woburn, Bedfordshire, England.1 She was buried on 10 September 1562 at Chenies, Buckinghamshire, England.1

    From before 1555, her married name became Gostwick.1 From before 1556, her married name became Russell.1 As a result of her marriage, Margaret St. John was styled as Countess of Bedford before 1561.

Children of Margaret St. John and Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford

1.John Russell, 3rd Baron Russell+2 d. Jul 1584

2.Edward Russell, Lord Russell3 d. b Jun 1572

3.Sir Francis Russell, Lord Russell+1 d. 27 Jul 1585

4.Lady Elizabeth Russell+4 d. 24 Mar 1605

5.Lady Anne Russell4 d. 1604

6.William Russell, 1st Baron Russell of Thornhaugh+5 b. c 1558, d. 9 Aug 1613

7.Lady Margaret Russell+4 b. 7 Jul 1560, d. 22 May 1616


1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 76. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.

2.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 77.

3.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 318. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

4.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 1, page 319.

5.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 78.


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Margaret Russell, Countess of Bedford's Timeline

Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England
Age 15
Of, Cheneys, Buckingham, England
Age 18
Of, Chenies, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 20
Of, Chenies, Buckinghamshire, England
October 27, 1555
Age 22
London, Middlesex, England
Age 23
Ratcliffe, Middlesex, England
Age 25
Thornhaugh, Northamptonshire, England
July 7, 1560
Age 27
Fathers House, Exeter, Devonshire, England
August 27, 1562
Age 29
Woburn, Bedfordshire, England