John Bowes, 9th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Mary Eleanor Bowes Countess of Strathmore.jpg
The 9th Earl and his wife
Born 17 July 1737
Died 7 March 1776
Nationality Scottish
Title 9th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Spouse(s) Mary Bowes, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Children 5 (including John Bowes, 10th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and Thomas Lyon-Bowes, 11th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne)
Parent(s) Thomas Lyon, 8th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Jean Nicholsen

John Bowes, 9th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (17 July 1737 – 7 March 1776), born John Lyon, was a Scottish nobleman and peer. He was the 9th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and one of the ancestors of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Earl was famous for his appearance; he was known as "the beautiful Lord Strathmore".[1] His character was later described by Jesse Foot thus:

"The late Earl of Strathmore was not calculated to make even a good learned woman a pleasing husband. His Lordship's pursuits were always innocent and without the smallest guile, but they were not those of science or any other splendid quality. A sincere friend, a hearty Scotchman and a good bottle companion were points of his character."[2]

Biography[edit]

The shell of Gibside Hall

The Earl was the son of Thomas Lyon, 8th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and his wife, the former Jean Nicholsen. In 1767, he married the heiress Mary Eleanor Bowes, who was already possessed of her late father's estates such as Gibside. As per the stipulations of the will of the father of the bride, he assumed his wife's name of Bowes, a fairly common arrangement among the propertied classes that required an Act of Parliament.

The two had five children:

From 1 October 1767 and until his death, he sat as a Scottish Representative peer in the House of Lords. On 7 March 1776, Lord Strathmore died of tuberculosis whilst at sea on his way to Portugal and was succeeded in turn by his sons, John and Thomas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  2. ^ Foot, Jesse (1812). The lives of Andrew Robinson Bowes, Esq. and the Countess of Strathmore. J. Bryan, Grocers' Hall Court, Poultry. p. 13. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 

See also[edit]

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Thomas Lyon
Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne Succeeded by
John Lyon-Bowes