Many lands were awarded to nobles that came to England from France and fought alongside William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D. One of these was Hugh de Russell (or Rosell); for his services, he was granted lands in Dorsetshire. His descendants held a number of positions of trust and honor and eventually - in 1221 - Sir John Russell was appointed Governor of Corfe Castle in Dorset.
I had the pleasure of walking these grounds while vacationing scenic Britain in 1985.
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