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Step back in time to find out more about the people who have a historic or family connection to Glamis.

Come and hear the Castle guides talk about their favourite historical character and their connection to Glamis, hear the stories of murder, treason, scandal and so much history over the centuries. Visit some of the castle rooms and enjoy light refreshments in the dining room.

Wednesday 20th June – Mary Eleanor Bowes (1749-1800)

Mary Eleanor Bowes Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne (24th February 1749 – 28th April 1800). Mary was wealthy and well educated and came from County Durham having spent her childhood at Gibside.

On the death of her Father Sir George Bowes, Mary became the wealthiest heiress in Britain if not Europe.

When she married Sir John Lyon 9th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne on the 24th February 1767, not only did it result in a change of the family name from Lyon to Bowes, but it changed the fortunes of the family forever.

Following the death of Sir John on 7th March 1776, Mary Eleanor’s own life became one of intrigue, scandal and notoriety.

This is her story presented by Eleanor Russell one of the Glamis Castle Guides.


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