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Mary Elphinstone, Lady Elphinstone

Mary Frances Buller-Fullerton-Elphinstone, Lady Elphinstone DCVO (née Lady Mary Frances Bowes-Lyon; 30 August 1883 – 8 February 1961), was a maternal aunt and godparent of Elizabeth II.

The Lady Elphinstone

Lady Elphinstone wife of 16th Baron, née Lady Mary Frances Bowes Lyon.jpg
Portrait by Philip de László, 1929
Hon. Mary Frances Bowes-Lyon

(1883-08-30)30 August 1883
Angus, Scotland
Died8 February 1961(1961-02-08) (aged 77)
Inveresk, Scotland
TitleLady Elphinstone


Lady Elphinstone was born 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).

In 1937, she 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 died on 8 February 1961, aged 77, in Inveresk, Scotland.

Marriage and issueEdit

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:



  1. ^ "The Queen Mother in pictures". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ Yvonne's Royalty Home Page: Royal Godchildren
  3. ^ Yvonne's Royalty Home Page: Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Attendants