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Subject: The Queen Mother was the illegitimate daughter of a Welsh housemaid?
Date: 18 Feb 2006 02:36:16 -0800
The Queen Mother was the illegitimate daughter of a Welsh housemaid?
Can this be true?
Does anyone know anything about the Welsh housemaid?
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon was the fourth daughter and the ninth of ten
children of Claude George Bowes-Lyon, Lord Glamis, (later 14th Earl of
Strathmore and Kinghorne), and his wife, Nina Cecilia
Cavendish-Bentinck. She reportedly was born in her parents' London
home, though the location of her birth remains uncertain. Her birth was
registered at Hitchin, Hertfordshire, near the Strathmores' country
house St. Paul's Walden Bury. This unconventional registration has led
to numerous rumours over the years regarding Elizabeth's actual
parentage, with some critics surmising that she actually was the
daughter of the Lord Strathmore by a Welsh maid, hence the unusual
six-week delay in the registration of her birth. Others have pointed
out that Elizabeth, born seven years after the next-youngest Bowes-Lyon
child, resembled neither her parents nor her siblings in any
discernible fashion. An urban myth in the 1960s even claimed that she
adopted by the Earl and Countess and was in fact one of twins born to a
working class woman in Waterford in Ireland. The rumour even claimed
that she was in fact a couple of years older than had been announced.
The rumour was universally dismissed. A distant family link between the
Bowes-Lyon family and the Waterford area is believed to be the cause of
the rumours. See Royalty and urban legends.
She spent much of her childhood at St. Paul's Walden Bury and at Glamis
Castle, the Earl's ancestral home in Glamis, Angus, Scotland.
Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1677)
·Patrick Lyon, 3rd Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1643-1695)
·John Lyon, 4th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1663-1712)
·John Lyon, 5th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1696-1715)
·Charles Lyon, 6th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (c. 1699-1728)
·James Lyon, 7th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (c. 1702-1735)
·Thomas Lyon, 8th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1704-1753)
·John Bowes, 9th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1737-1776)
·John Lyon-Bowes, 10th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1769-1820)
·Thomas Bowes-Lyon, 11th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
·Thomas George Lyon-Bowes, 12th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
·Claude Bowes-Lyon, 13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
·Claude George Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
·Patrick Bowes-Lyon, 15th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
·Timothy Patrick Bowes-Lyon, 16th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
·Michael Claude Bowes-Lyon, 17th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
·Michael Fergus Bowes-Lyon, 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Heir Apparent: his son Simon Patrick Bowes-Lyon, Lord Glamis (b. 1986)
Nina Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Nina Cecilia Bowes-Lyon née Cavendish-Bentinck, (11 September
1862-23 June 1938) was the mother of Queen Elizabeth (later Queen
Elizabeth, the Queen Mother).
Nina was the daughter of Rev. Charles Cavendish-Bentinck and his wife,
Caroline. On 16 July 1881, she married Hon. Claude Bowes-Lyon at
Petersham, London and they had ten children. Charles inherited his
father's title of Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne in 1904, whereupon
Nina became Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne.
Nina died in 1938, aged 75 in London and was buried on 27 June 1938 at
John,9th Earl married Mary Bowes,heiress
(took name Bowes 1767) 1767 of Baron Bowes
d.1776 | d. 1800
John Bowes Thomas Lyon Bowes
10th Earl 11th Earl
(Baron Bowes,1815) d. 1846
d. 1820 |
Thomas Lyon Bowes Claude Bowes Lyon
12th Earl 13th Earl
d. 1865 (Baron Bowes,1887)
Claude George all other branches
Bowes-Lyon in Debrett
The Queen Mother
Born on August 4, 1900, Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon began
life as a commoner. She was the ninth of 10 children born to Claude
Bowes-Lyon and Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck, a vicar's daughter and a
descendant of the Dukes of Portland. Four years after her birth, her
parents became Lord and Lady Strathmore. They remained somewhat
impoverished for much of their lives.
Although the Queen Mother is one of the most admired women of our
times, her birth is surrounded by mystery. Her father, perhaps out of
complacency at the arrival of his ninth child, or out of sheer
forgetfulness, failed to register her birth for six weeks. To this day,
it remains unclear as to where she was born. Although her birth
certificate suggests it was the family home, St Paul's Walden Bury,
in Hertfordshire, other accounts would have us believe she was born in
>From an early age, Elizabeth and her younger brother David - referred
to affectionately by their mother as the "two Benjamins" -
exhibited a great sense of fun and mischief, a quality that she is
still known to possess in abundance.
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