Admiral Rt Hon. Earl Edward Russell RN PC
(1653-1727)

Royal Navy Admiral, Member of Parliament (1689-1690), Privy Counsellor (from 1689), Member of Parliament (1690-1695), First Lord of the Admiralty (1694-1699), Member of Parliament (1695-1697), 1st Earl of Orford (from 1697), 1st Baron of Shingay (1697-1727), 1st Viscount Barfleur (1697-1727), First Lord of the Admiralty (1709-1710), and First Lord of the Admiralty (1714-1717)

Died aged c. 74

Admiral of the Fleet Edward Russell, 1st Earl of Orford, PC (1653 – 26 November 1727) was a Royal Navy officer and politician. After serving as a junior officer at the Battle of Solebay during the Third Anglo-Dutch War, he served as a captain in the Mediterranean in operations against the Barbary pirates. Russell was one of the Immortal Seven, a group of English noblemen who issued the Invitation to William, a document asking Prince William of Orange to depose King James II. Based in the Netherlands, he served as Prince William's secretary during the planning of William's invasion of England and subsequent Glorious Revolution. He was fully engaged in providing naval support for the Williamite War in Ireland until the war ended and was Commander-in-Chief of the Anglo-Dutch force that fought the French fleet at Battle of Barfleur and destroyed much of it in a night attack at the Battle of La Hogue during Nine Years' War. Russell went on to be First Lord of the Admiralty during the reign of William III and then held the office twice again in the reigns of Queen Anne and King George I. He was also MP for Launceston, for Portsmouth and then for Cambridgeshire.

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Here lived and died Admiral Edward Russell Earl of Orford born 1653 died 1727

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