1844 Mary Milner, Dowager Countess of Strathmore by ? (location unknown to gogm)

The notes for Glamis castle's Web site include this:  "The 9th Earl was a Representative Peer for Scotland. Scottish peers did not then have an automatic right to sit in the House of Lords, but had to be elected by their fellow peers to do so. Lord Stradlmore married a great Durham heiress, Miss Mary Eleanor Bowes, the daughter of Sir George Bowes of Streadam Castle and Gibside. The Bowes were a family of ancient and honourable descent, Sir Robert Bowes being Elizabeth I's ambassador to Scotland from 1577 to 1583...

The 10th Earl was also a Representative Peer, but was given the U.K. tide of Lord Bowes which entitled him to a seat in the Lords without election. He took the name of Bowes and later the surname Lyon was reincorporated to form the present name of Bowes Lyon. He also quartered the arms of Bowes with his own. The former were also punning arms - three bows 'proper' on an ermine background, and so the family are a great rarity in having punning arms for both their surnames on the same shield...

...The 10th Earl died in 1820 the day after his marriage and he was succeeded by his brother, the 11th Earl, when the barony of Bowes became extinct. The 10th Earl had a natural son by Mary Milner. He was John Bowes who founded the Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle. The Earl married Mary Milner (shown here - gogm) in an unsuccessful attempt to legitimise John Bowes."

The young Dowager Countess Strathmore wears an early Victorian evening dress with vee neck- and waistlines, bertha, and engageantes in this portrait.

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