Historical memoirs of the Russell family, Dukes of Bedford

Scope and Content

Manuscript notes on the history of the Russell family (later Dukes of Bedford) taken from Historical Memoirs of the House of Russell, from the time of the Norman conquest (London, 1833), by Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen. The manuscript, occupying 25 pages, breaks off at about 1230. A number of engravings are inserted, including seven taken from the large-paper edition of Wiffen's book. The notes were probably written in about 1850.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Russell family were a prominent English noble family, who played an important part in the government of England, especially from the reign of Henry VIII onwards, when John Russell (1486-1555) was created 1st Earl of Bedford.


Single item.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Bought from Dr. J.H.P. Pafford in 1967.

Other Finding Aids

Collection level description.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

11¾" x 9½". The paper is watermarked 1833. Bound in half-calf.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIm25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.