Thomas Lyon-Bowes, 11th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne

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The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Born(1773-05-03)3 May 1773
Durham, County Durham, England
Died27 August 1846(1846-08-27) (aged 73)
Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh
Title11th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
  • Mary Elizabeth Carpenter
    (m. 1800; died 1811)
  • Elizabeth Northcote
    (m. 1812)
  • Marianna Cheape
    (m. 1817)

Thomas Lyon-Bowes, 11th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (3 May 1773 – 27 August 1846) was a Scottish nobleman and peer. He was the third son of John Bowes, 9th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and Mary Bowes, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne. His mother was the author of the verse drama, "The Siege of Jerusalem" (1769). He was the great-great-grandfather of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.[1]


Lyon-Bowes's eldest brother was John Bowes, 10th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, who had a long affair with Mary Milner. Their only son John Bowes was only legitimized following the demise of his father. He inherited most of the real estate of his father, but none of his titles.

The second brother was George Bowes-Lyon who had married Mary Thornhill, but died childless on 26 December 1806. Lyon-Bowes was their only legitimate heir, and became the new Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne on 3 July 1820.

Marriages and issue[edit]

Mary Elizabeth Louisa Rodney Carpenter

On 25 March 1800, Lyon-Bowes married firstly Mary Elizabeth Louisa Rodney Carpenter (1 January 1783 – 1 June 1811), only daughter and heir[2] of George Carpenter, Esq.[2][3] (1713–1782) and his wife Mary Elizabeth Walsh (1758–1812).[4] They had two children:

His second wife was Elizabeth Northcote, daughter to a Colonel of the British Army. Their marriage was solemnized at St George the Martyr, Southwark on 6 September 1812.[6] There are no records of when or if the marriage was dissolved. They had one daughter:

On 8 December 1817, Lyon-Bowes married his third wife, Marianna Cheape, daughter of Captain John Cheape. This marriage remained childless but lasted until his death in 1846.

He was succeeded as the 12th Earl of Strathmore by his grandson Thomas Lyon-Bowes.


  1. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage 2003, vol. 3, pp. 3782-3
  2. ^ a b Lodge, Edmund (1834). "The Peerage of the British Empire as at Present Existing". Saunders and Otley. p. 434. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  3. ^ South Sea Company (1791). "The Names and Descriptions of the Proprietors... – George Carpenter, Redburn, Herts, Esq. (April 1765)". The British Library. p. 20. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  4. ^ Edward J. Davies, "Walsh of Redbourn", Genealogists' Magazine, 30(2010–12):241-45; Anthony R. Wagner, "Some of the Sixty-four Ancestors of Her Majesty the Queen", The Genealogists' Magazine, 9(1940–46):7-13.
  5. ^ Judge John Walpole Willis and Lady Mary Willis: The Canadian experience & the aftermath, 2009
  6. ^ London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; London Church of England Parish Registers; Reference Number: P92/GEO/178
  7. ^ Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, 15th edition, ed. H. Pirie-Gordon, Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1937, page 340
  8. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 107th ed., vol. 2, ed. Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage Ltd, 2003, p. 1643
Honorary titles
Preceded by High Sheriff of Leicestershire
Succeeded by
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
3 July 1820 – 27 August 1846
Succeeded by