Lord Odo Russell was born in Florence on 20 February 1829, the son of Major-General Lord George William Russell. He was educated by tutors and his mother, and became fluent in French, Italian and German. His diplomatic career started in 1849, when he was appointed an Attach at the Embassy in Vienna. From then on, his career took him to London, Paris, the United States Italy and Germany. He was at the Foreign Office in London from 1850 to 1852; and in Italy, mainly Rome, for twelve years 1858-1870. In 1871 he became an Ambassador in Berlin, and by his tact and sincerity, encouraged understanding between the English and German Governments. On 7 March 1881, Russell was created Baron Ampthill of Ampthill in Bedfordshire. In 1868 he married Lady Emily Theresa Villiers and had four sons and two daughters. He died on 25 August 1884 and was buried at Chenies in Buckinghamshire.
From the guide to the Russell Collection, 1756-1849, (University College London)