Alexander Duncan Cumine Russell: Birth: 30 NOV 1889. Death: 4 APR 1951
Philippa Caroline Cumine Russell: Death: 20 JUN 1974
Helen Winifred Cumine Russell: Death: 10 JAN 1978
Note: N13695 Gained the rank of Major-General.
Military Attaché to Berlin between 1889 and 1891.
Awarded the decoration of the Order of the Prussian Crown, 1st class.
M.P. for Cheltenham 1895 - 1900.
He was invested as a Companion, Order of St. Michael and St. George (C.M.G.).
Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire.
J.P. for Aberdeenshire.
Made Honorary Colonel, 1st Royal Dragoons, in 1900.
Russell, Maj-Gen Francis Shirley.
Born 13 Dec, 1840;
2nd son of James Russell of Aden, Aberdeenshire.
Educated at Radley School; Balliol, Hilary Term 1860- 1862 (tutors: J Riddell, E Palmer); 2nd in Maths Moderations, 4th in final Maths exams and BA 1862;
Champion Boxer in University 1861-2; College Sculls.
2nd Lt 14th Hussars 1863; ADC to Commander-in-Chief in Ireland 1869; Staff Coll 1872; Ashanti War (medal with clasp and Brevet Maj.) 1874; Instructor in Tactics, Royal Military College 1876; Intelligence Dept 1878; Zulu War (medal with clasp) 1879; CMG 1891; Brig-Gen commanding Aberdeen Defence Brigade 1892; MP (C), Cheltenham, 1895-1900; Maj-Gen 1898; Hon Col 1st Royal Dragoons 1900; 1st Class Prussian Order of the Crown 1903; DL; JP.
Publications: Russian Wars with Turkey; Memoir of Earl of Peterborough.
Married 1888, Philippa, daughter of Rt Hon Henry Baillie, MP of Ridcastle: 3 sons, 2 daughters.
Died 18 March 1912.
(Balliol College Register/ 2nd ed. 1933.)
“In front of us were the policies of Colonel Russel, which could only be viewed from a distance. Sacred were the environments of Aden House, and no mean step was allowed to pass the gateway; yet, as boys, and with all our boyish inquisitiveness and love of adventure, we often stole along the avenues and up the gravelled walks till ...”
(from an article in The Caledonian: Volume 4. 1904.)
The gardens at Aden are described on p173 of Notes from a Diary, 1873-1881, by Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff, pub J Murray 1898. Also reference to Francis on p38.
William Scott, Director of Gardens and Forests for Mauritius: “On leaving school he entered the service as apprentice gardener of Colonel Russel at Aden House.” (He was born in Lonmay.)
On the opposite side of the gorge, and immediately over the sea, stands Lord Aberdeen's Marine Villa — now the property of Major-General Russell of Aden — commanding a remarkably fine view of the sea. Everything has been done to render this a charming summer retreat. Walks have been cut...
To the south of the village of Boddam stands Earl’s Lodge (formerly Buchanness Lodge). This former marine villa, erected in 1840 by Lord Aberdeen, possesses a commanding view over the sea.
The larger roofless building remains behind the Castle is a former Boddam Hotel built in 1840 called Earl's Lodge (also called Buchanness Lodge). This was closed down after a fire and fell into disrepair until 2006 when the roof was repaired and the structure and interior rebuilt. It is now a private home.
His forename of Shirley was presumably given to him in honour of his mother Caroline’s stepmother Emily Shirley, who was only 10 years older thatn her, and who would have been at Gunton with Caroline from the age of 17 to her marriage at the age of 21.
In the report of a Summons of Reduction case in 1875 he is described as “Francis, otherwise Frank, Shirley Russell.”
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