Memorial service for Earl of Strathmore

Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their respects to the late Earl of Strathmore.

Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their respects to the late Earl of Strathmore.

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A memorial service was held in Glamis on Tuesday to give thanks for the life of Michael Fergus Bowes-Lyon, the 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.

Hundreds of mourners packed into St Fergus Church to pay tribute to the late earl who died at the end of February aged 58.

The service was led by Rev Carleen Robertson, minister at Glamis, and Rev Canon Dr Joe Morrow, Glamis Castle chaplain.

A eulogy was given by Robert Gordon, the earl’s cousin, who talked of Lord Strathmore’s lifelong love for Glamis and his abiding interest in other people, as well as his “charisma and fantastic generosity” and his close relationship with his great aunt, the late Queen Mother, who visited her childhood home of Glamis annually on her way to the Castle of Mey in Caithness.

The congregation heard that Glamis was the centre of Lord Strathmore’s life and mention was made of some of the improvements and projects he carried out on the estate, including the restoration of the 19th century pinetum in the castle grounds and the creation of the Queen Mother memorial gates, which were opened by Prince Charles in 2008.

They also heard that the late earl had found “peace and contentment” in his later years with hsi third wife, Karen, whom he married in 2012.

Readings were given by two of his sons, Sam, who succeeds his father as earl, and Geordie.