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

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Thomas Lyon-Bowes, 11th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (3 May 1773 – 27 August 1846) 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 is the great-great-grandfather of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.[1]

The eldest brother was John Bowes, 10th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, who had a long affair with Mary Millner. 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. Thomas was their only legitimate heir and became the new Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne on 3 July 1820.

On 25 March 1800, Thomas married firstly Mary Elizabeth Louisa Rodney Carpenter (1 January 1783 – 1 June 1811), daughter of George Carpenter and his wife Mary Elizabeth (née Walsh). They had two children:

His first wife died on 1 June 1811. He married secondly Eliza Northcote, daughter to a Colonel of the British Army. They had a daughter:

  • Sarah Bowes-Lyon (8 August 1813 – 6 June 1847). Married first George Augustus Campbell and secondly Charles Philip Ainslie.

On 8 December 1817, Thomas married his third wife Marianna Cheape, daughter of John Cheape. This marriage was childless but lasted until his death.

He was succeeded by his grandson Thomas Lyon-Bowes, 12th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.


Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir William Manners
High Sheriff of Leicestershire
Succeeded by
Richard Norman
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Lyon-Bowes
Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
3 July 1820 – 27 August 1846
Succeeded by
Thomas Lyon-Bowes


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  2. ^ Judge John Walpole Willis and Lady Mary Willis: The Canadian experience & the aftermath, 2009