The Execution of Lord William Russell

On This day Lord Russell was executed in Lincolns Inn Fields

Laura Brennan, A Historian

Sorry a about the delay between posts – life seems to have caught up with me.

William Lord Russell (image not mine) William Lord Russell (image not mine)

William Russell Baron and Lord was born on 29 September 1639. He gained the title of baron on the death of his elder brother. This in turn allowed him to be called Lord.

When Charles II returned in the Restoration Lord Russell became MP for Tavistock but was in active as an MP until 1674. He was part of the Country Party an early form of the Whig party.

At age 30 he took a wife, a widow called Lady Vaughn. She was the cousin of the infamous Lord Shaftsbury. He will play a role in Russell’s downfall.

The policy that would stimulate Russell to get involved in politics was regarding Charles’ Franco-Catholic policies. England had been protestant (with the exception of Mary’s reign) since the reformation under…

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