Russel, Michael, a Scottish prelate, was born at Edinburgh in 1781, and graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1806. He became minister at Alloa in 1808, and of St. James's Chapel, Leith, in 1809, in which charge he continued during life. He was made dean of Edinburgh in 1831, bishop of Glasgow and Galloway in 1837, and died in 1848. Russel wrote, View of Education in Scotland (1813, 8vo): — Connection of Sacred and Profane History, etc. (Lond. 3 vols. 8vo — vols. 1 and 2, 1827; vol. 3, 1837): — Discourses on the Millennium (1830, 12mo): — History of the Church in Scotland (Lond. 1834, 2 vols. sm. 8vo): — besides several other histories. See Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.