John Russell, 3rd Baron Ampthill - Personal Life

Personal Life

Russell was married three times; firstly to Christabel Hulme Hart on 18 October 1918 (died February 1976); secondly to Sibell Faithfull Lumley on 22 February 1937, following a divorce from his first wife; and thirdly to Adeline Mary Constance Hone on 24 July 1948.

His first marriage to Christabel Hart was notorious for its divorce proceedings and the question of the legitimacy of her firstborn as the heir, where she claimed that the marriage had never been consummated and she was still a virgin despite her numerous affairs. The House of Lords agreed with her appeal to legitimize her son, refusing to allow blood tests.

Children from marriage to Christabel Hulme Hart:

  • The Hon. Geoffrey Denis Erskine Russell (15 October 1921–23 April 2011), later 4th Baron Ampthill

Children from marriage to Adeline Mary Constance Hone:

  • The Hon. John Hugo Trenchard Russell (13 October 1950–)
  • The Hon. Georgiana Adeline Villiers Russell (3 January 1952–)

Upon the third baron's death, his legitimate son from his third marriage disputed the succession, but to no avail.

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