Mary Elphinstone, Lady Elphinstone

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The Lady Elphinstone

Lady Elphinstone wife of 16th Baron, née Lady Mary Frances Bowes Lyon.jpg
Portrait by Philip de László, 1929
Hon. Mary Frances Bowes-Lyon

(1883-08-30)30 August 1883
Angus, Scotland
Died8 February 1961(1961-02-08) (aged 77)
Inveresk, Scotland
TitleLady Elphinstone
m. 1910; his death 1955)

Mary Frances Buller-Fullerton-Elphinstone, Lady Elphinstone DCVO (née Lady Mary Frances Bowes-Lyon; 30 August 1883 – 8 February 1961), was a maternal aunt and godparent of Elizabeth II.

Early life[edit]

Lady Elphinstone was born Lady Mary Frances Bowes-Lyon on 30 August 1883 in Angus, Scotland, to Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck. She was an elder sister of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon known as Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (later The Queen Mother).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Lady Mary married Sidney Elphinstone, 16th Lord Elphinstone (1869–1955) on 24 July 1910 in Westminster. Lord Elphinstone inherited extensive estates, some of which had been in the family since the reign of King David II of Scotland. He served as a governor of the Bank of Scotland, Lord Clerk Register of Scotland and Keeper of the Signet and Lord High Commissioner of the Church of Scotland.[2] The couple had five children:

In 1937, she attended her sister and brother-in-law's coronation whereby she sat behind her niece, Princess Elizabeth, who would be the future queen, in the royal box.[citation needed]

Lord Elphinstone died at their home Carberry Tower, Musselburgh, on 28 November 1955.[2] Lady Elphinstone, who served as president of the Midlothian branch of the British Red Cross, died on 8 February 1961, aged 77, also at Carberry Tower in Inveresk, Scotland.[1]



  1. ^ a b Times, Special to The New York (9 February 1961). "Lady Elphinstone". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b Times, Special to The New York (29 November 1955). "ELPHINSTONE DIES; SCOTTISH LORD, 86; Brother-in-Law of the Queen Mother, Sixteenth Holder of Title, Was Sportsman". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  3. ^ "The Queen Mother in pictures". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Yvonne's Royalty Home Page: Royal Godchildren". Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Yvonne's Royalty Home Page: Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Attendants". Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2018.

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