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Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strath and Kinghorne

Frances Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strath and Kinghorne

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2 May 1902 (age 59)

13 September 1961 (aged 59) Birkhall, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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Sir David Bowes-Lyon KCVO (2 May 1902 – 13 September 1961) was the sixth son of Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and Cecilia Nina Cavendish-Bentinck as well as their tenth and youngest child. His elder sister Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married Prince Albert, Duke of York, the second son of King George V, in 1923 and became Queen Consort of the United Kingdom after the abdication of her husband's elder brother Edward VIII on 11 December 1936.

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On 6 February 1929, he married Rachel Pauline Clay, younger daughter of Herbert Henry Spender-Clay, and they had two children:

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  • Davina Katherine Bowes-Lyon (b. 2 May 1930), married John Dalrymple, 13th Earl of Stair
  • Simon Alexander Bowes-Lyon (b. 17 June 1932)
  • During World War II, Bowes-Lyon was a member of the secret propaganda department Political Warfare Executive. He was High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1950 and Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire from 1 July 1952 until his death. Also, he became President of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1953. In 1960, he commanded the third World Orchid Conference. He was also a baptismal sponsor to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.

    He died at his sister's home, Birkhall, on the Balmoral estate, of a heart attack after suffering from hemiplegia. The Queen Mother discovered him dead in bed. The funeral was held at Ballater, and he was buried at St Paul's Walden Bury.


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