The Strathmore Family

The Lyon family came to Glamis in the 14th century. The family were granted the lands when Sir John Lyon married Joanna, daughter of King Robert II. The original construction was a Royal Hunting Lodge which then evolved over the centuries. Created Barons of Glamis in the 15th century, the 9th Lord Glamis was created 1st Earl of Kinghorne in 1606.

Seventy years later a second title, that of Strathmore, was granted to the 3rd Earl. 

The 17th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne, Fergus Michael Claude, married Mary Pamela McCorquodale in 1956. He inherited Glamis in 1972 and with his wife carried out extensive works to the Castle in order to make it into the family home it is today. The 17th Earl died in 1987 and is survived by his widow  the Dowager Countess of Strathmore, their two daughters Lady Elizabeth Leeming and Lady Diana Godfrey-Faussett and was succeeded by their only son Michael Fergus the18th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne. 

Michael was a great-nephew of her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. He was born on 7th June 1957 and spent his childhood in Humbie, East Lothian and at Glamis. The family settled permanently at Glamis when his father inherited the Estate in 1972. He was Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother from 1971-73. He began his education at Sunningdale then went on to Eton and Aberdeen University where he studied Land Economy. 


He served in the Scots Guards from 1980 to 1984. Following this he worked in London for the stockbroker, Strauss Turnbull, followed by Tarmac. He was a Government Whip in the House of Lords in John Major’s Conservative Government from 1989-94, serving as Deputy Chief Whip from 1991-94, a role that involved him being Captain of the Yeoman of the Guard. In 1994 he became a Director of Polypipe and remained active on the board until 1999 when Polypipe was acquired by another company.

Over the years, Michael made many improvements to his Estate at Glamis; he cleared and restored the nineteenth century Pinetum laid out by his Great Great Grandfather, the 13th Earl. He also transformed the Walled Garden into a wonderful place for visitors, with a huge fountain, a bridge, ponds and an abundance of fruit trees, flowers and shrubs.

His voluntary roles included being President of the Boys’ Brigade, Patron of The Friends of the Bowes Museum Committee and a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Angus.

Michael married Isobel Weatherall in 1984 and had three sons Simon Patrick Lord Glamis, the Hon John and the Hon George Bowes Lyon. The marriage was dissolved in 2004.  He married, secondly, Dr Damaris Stuart-William in 2005.They had a son,the Hon Toby Bowes Lyon. This second marriage was dissolved in 2008.

In 2012 the 18th Earl married Karen Baxter who becameThe Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne and was a loving step-father to her daughters Chloe and Kristen.

Sadly on the 27th February 2016 the 18th Earl passed away after a brave battle with cancer. He is survived by his widow, his children and stepchildren, his mother and two sisters.

Upon his death the 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne was succeeded by his eldest son; Simon Patrick Lord Glamis the present 19th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.

Born in 1986, as the eldest Grandson of the 17th Earl he was styled Master of Glamis at birth. Following his Grandfathers death, he became Lord Glamis. The 19th Earl is only the third member of his family in over four hundred years to have held all three titles.

Educated at Sunningdale School and at Harrow, he is now studying for an MSc in Land Economy at The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.

Lord Strathmore lives in Glamis Castle and takes an active role in the management of his Estates both at Glamis and at Holwick in County Durham.