m. 26 Feb 1752
Facts and Events
Elizabeth Anne was the only child of Captain the Hon. John Theophilus Rawdon (died 1808), the brother of Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings. She married Russell on 21 June 1817. A beautiful and energetic cosmopolitan who had enjoyed a broad European education, Lord Byron praised her in Beppo as "[one] whose bloom could, after dancing, dare the dawn". However, her outspoken Tory sympathies won her few friends among her husband's Liberal circle. Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux described her as that accursed woman.
She and Russell had three sons, all of whom she tutored at home, perhaps lending them a rather distinctive approach to life:
Benjamin Disraeli said in conversation, I think she is the most fortunate woman in England, for she has the three nicest sons.