John Bowes, 9th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne

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The 9th Earl and his wife

John Bowes, 9th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (17 July 1737 – 7 March 1776), born John Lyon, 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]


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, and as per the stipulations of the will of the father of the bride, assumed his wife's name of Bowes, a fairly common arrangement among the propertied classes. This change of name 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.


See also[edit]

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