Mary Elphinstone, Lady Elphinstone

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

(1883-08-30)30 August 1883
Angus, Scotland
Died8 February 1961(1961-02-08) (aged 77)
Inveresk, Scotland
TitleLady Elphinstone
ChildrenMary Elphinstone
John Elphinstone, 17th Lord Elphinstone
Jean Elphinstone
Andrew Elphinstone
Margaret Elphinstone
Parent(s)Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck

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


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 (later The Queen Mother).

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.

She died on 8 February 1961, aged 77, in Inveresk, Scotland.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Lady Mary married Sidney Elphinstone, 16th Lord Elphinstone (27 July 1869 – 28 November 1955) on 24 July 1910 in Westminster. The couple had five children:



  1. ^ "The Queen Mother in pictures". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ Yvonne's Royalty Home Page: Royal Godchildren
  3. ^ Yvonne's Royalty Home Page: Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Attendants