Mary Elphinstone, Lady Elphinstone

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Lady Mary Elphinstone
Born Lady Mary Frances Bowes-Lyon
(1883-08-30)30 August 1883
Angus, Scotland
Died 8 February 1961(1961-02-08) (aged 77)
Inveresk, Scotland
Title Lady Elphinstone
Spouse(s) Sidney Elphinstone, 16th Lord Elphinstone
Children Mary 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

Mary Frances Buller-Fullerton-Elphinstone, Lady Elphinstone and Baroness 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 The 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). She died on 8 February 1961 in Inveresk, Scotland.

Marriage and issue

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:

  • The Hon. Mary Elizabeth Elphinstone (1 July 1911 – 16 May 1980)
  • The Hon. John Alexander Elphinstone, later 17th Lord Elphinstone (22 March 1914 – 15 November 1975)
  • The Hon. Jean Constance Elphinstone (3 April 1915 – 29 November 1999), married Captain John Wills and had issue
  • The Revd and Hon. Andrew Charles Victor Elphinstone (10 November 1918 – 19 March 1975), married 1946 Jean Hambro [1] and had issue
  • The Hon. Margaret Elphinstone (born 9 June 1925), married Denys Rhodes and had issue



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