Patrick Bowes-Lyon

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Patrick Bowes-Lyon
Country (sports)United Kingdom
Born(1863-03-05)5 March 1863
Belgravia, Middlesex, England
Died5 October 1946(1946-10-05) (aged 83)
Westerham, Kent, England
Career titles11[1]
Grand Slam singles results
WimbledonQF (1885)
Grand Slam doubles results
WimbledonW (1887)

Patrick Bowes-Lyon (5 March 1863 – 5 October 1946) was a British tennis player, barrister and uncle of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, mother of Queen Elizabeth II.


He won the Scottish Championships in 1885, 1886 and 1888, he won the doubles at Wimbledon alongside Herbert Wilberforce. As a younger brother of Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, who was Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon's father, he was a great-uncle of Queen Elizabeth II and Herbert Bowes-Lyon who also played tennis.

He stood as the Conservative Party candidate for Barnard Castle.

Personal life[edit]

The fifth of seven sons and one of the eleven children of Claude Bowes-Lyon, 13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and of Frances Dora Smith, he married Alice Wiltshire, daughter of George Wiltshire, on 9 August 1893.

He and his wife Alice had four children:

  1. Lt. Gavin Patrick (13 December 1895 – 27 November 1917) – killed in action in World War I; never married, no issue
  2. Angus Patrick (22 October 1899 – 10 July 1923) – committed suicide; never married, no issue
  3. Jean Barbara (9 October 1904 – 7 January 1963) – never married, no issue
  4. Margaret Ann (14 June 1907 – 14 August 1999) – married 2 June 1945 Lt. Col. Francis Arthur Philip D'Abreu (1 October 1904 – 6 November 1995). Had one son and two daughters: Anthony Patrick John D'Abreu (born 17 March 1946), Francesca D'Abreu (born 7 February 1948), and Anne Teresa Alice D'Abreu (16 February 1950 – 17 April 1995).

Besides being a British tennis player, he was also known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's paternal uncle. He was a guest at her wedding to Prince Albert in 1923.

He died on 5 October 1946, aged 83. His widow died in 1953 at the age of 86.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
Win 1887 Wimbledon United Kingdom Herbert Wilberforce United Kingdom H.J. Crispe
United Kingdom E. Barratt-Smith
7–5, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 1888 Wimbledon United Kingdom Herbert Wilberforce United Kingdom Ernest Renshaw
United Kingdom William Renshaw
6–2, 6–1, 3–6, 4–6, 3–6


  1. ^ "Patrick Bowes- Lyon: Stats". Tennis Archives. Retrieved 17 August 2016.