Mary Elphinstone, Lady Elphinstone

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The Lady Elphinstone
Portrait by Philip de László, 1929
Personal details
Hon. Mary Frances Bowes-Lyon

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

Mary Frances Elphinstone, Lady Elphinstone GCVO (née Bowes-Lyon; 30 August 1883 – 8 February 1961), was a British aristocrat. She was an elder sister of Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom later The Queen Mother, and a maternal aunt and godmother of Queen Elizabeth II.

Early life[edit]

Lady Elphinstone was born The Honourable 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, Lady Elphinstone 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 was one of the leading guests in the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten in 1947.[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 "Lady Elphinstone". The New York Times. 9 February 1961. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "ELPHINSTONE DIES; SCOTTISH LORD, 86; Brother-in-Law of the Queen Mother, Sixteenth Holder of Title, Was Sportsman". The New York Times. 29 November 1955. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  3. ^ "The Queen Mother in pictures". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  4. ^ "PRINCESS MARGARET A GODMOTHER". AP Archive. 19 February 1948. Retrieved 11 October 2022.
  5. ^ "MRS. TRELAWNEY GAYER". The New York Times. 27 June 1970. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 11 October 2022.
  6. ^ "Jean Woodroffe, lady-in-waiting – obituary". The Telegraph. 15 December 2017. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 11 October 2022.

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