Admiral Lord Edward Russell (1805-1887), second son of John Russell, sixth Duke of Bedford, entered the Navy in 1819 and, after being made Lieutenant in 1826, joined H.M.S. Philomel in which he served at Navarino in 1827. After a spell on the Lisbon station, just before which he had been promoted Commander, he was made Captain in 1833 and commanded the Actaeon off South America from 1834-38. Beached in 1839, he became private secretary to his half-brother Lord John Russell and, from 1841-47, was Whig M.P. for Tavistock, the family borough, as well as, latterly, a naval A.D.C.to the Queen from 1846-50.
Appointed to the command of the 84-gun 2nd rate Vengeance in 1851, he was sent to the Mediterranean where he remained throughout the period of tension leading up to the start of the Crimean War. In January 1854, Vengeance accompanied the fleet into the Black Sea and, that spring, Russell distinguished himself at Varna where he was largely responsible for the successful landing of the entire British Army. Later, on 17th October , Vengeance took part in the [first] massive bombardment of Sebastopol following which her role diminished and she returned home the next year. Russell himself was made a Companion of the Bath in July 1855 and promoted Rear-Admiral in 1856, thereafter seeing no further service at sea. Advanced to Admiral in March 1867, he died in the Royal Yacht Squadron's castle at Cowes in 1887.