Sir William Russell, 1st Baronet, of Wytley (ca. 1602 – 30 November 1669), was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1625. He was an officer in the Royalist army during the English Civil War and, as Governor of Worcester, he refused entry to the Parliamentary cavalry shortly before the Battle of Powick Bridge (22 September 1642) — the first cavalry skirmish of the Civil War.
Russell was the son of Sir Thomas Russell of Strensham and his wife Elizabeth Spencer, daughter of Sir William Spencer. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford (1620) and trained in the law at the Middle Temple (1622).
In 1625 Russell was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Worcestershire.He was created baronet of Wytley on 12 March 1627. The manor of Great Witley passed out of the family, sold by his son Thomas during his lifetime.
Russell was appointed to the Worcestershire bench as a Justice of the Peace from 1633 to 1646 and from 1660 until his death. He was High Sheriff of Worcestershire for 1635 and 1642–43. He was the Governor of Worcester (1642–1643).
Russell married Frances Reade, daughter of Sir Thomas Reade of Barton, Berkshire and his wife Mary Brockett, daughter of Sir John Brocket of Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire and had thirteen children. He was succeeded by his son Francis.
Samuel Butler a poet who wrote Hudibras was brought up in Russell's house and became his clerk.
Sir Henry Herbert was Master of the Revels to both King Charles I and King Charles II, as well as a politician during both reigns.
Sir Thomas Lyttelton, 1st Baronet was an English Royalist officer and politician from the Lyttelton family during the English Civil War.
The second and longest siege of Worcester took place towards the end of the First English Civil War, when Parliamentary forces under the command of Thomas Rainsborough besieged the city of Worcester, accepting the capitulation of the Royalist defenders on 22 July. The next day the Royalists formally surrendered possession of the city and the Parliamentarians entered Worcester 63 days after the siege began.
Sir John Fenwick, 1st Baronet of Wallington and Fenwick, Northumberland, was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1624 and 1648. He supported the Parliamentary cause in the Civil War.
Thomas Winnington, of Stanford Court, Stanford on Teme. Worcestershire, was an English Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1726 to 1746.
There have been seven baronetcies created for persons with the surname Russell, three in the Baronetage of England and four in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom.
There have been two baronetcies created for members of the Reade family, both in the Baronetage of England. Both creations are now extinct.
This is a list of sheriffs and since 1998 high sheriffs of Worcestershire.
Sir Walter Devereux, 5th Viscount Hereford, 2nd Baronet of Castle Bromwich, was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times, between 1614 and 1624, before succeeding to the family Viscountcy in the peerage of England.
Strensham is a village in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire. In the 2001 census, the civil parish of Strensham had a population of 314 across 127 households. Since 1991, the population has risen 28.7% from 244 residents.
Governors of the city of Worcester, England, include:
Wingfield Cromwell, 2nd Earl of Ardglass, DCL, was an English nobleman, son of Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Ardglass and Elizabeth Meverell. He held the subsidiary titles of 2nd Viscount Lecale and 5th Baron Cromwell of Oakham.
Fitzwilliam Coningsby was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1621 and in 1640. He supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War.
Thomas Russell (1577–1632) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1601.
Sir Francis Russell, 2nd Baronet of Wytley of Strensham Court, Worcestershire, was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1673 to 1690.
Colonel Sir Gilbert Gerard was a Royalist officer during the English Civil War.
Sir John Reade, 1st Baronet has the unusual distinction of being granted a baronetcy by both Charles I and the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell.
William Sandys, 6th Baron Sandys, was a Cavalier officer in the Royalist army during the English Civil War.
Sir John Russell, of Strensham in Worcestershire where he held the manor and advowson, was an English landowner, soldier, administrator, courtier and politician.
The Bund family of Wick Episcopi owned estates in Worcestershire since the fifteenth century; from this armigerous landed gentry family came several individuals of note in the fields of law, local government and literature.