Claude George Bowes-Lyon was born on July 21, 1824 in Hertfordshire, England. He became the 13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, a title that is a part of the Peerage of Scotland and England. He married Frances Dora Smith in 1853 and had 11 children. It is reported that he was quite the cricket player, having made several appearances in first-class cricket in the United Kingdom.
Claude eventually took an interest in Aberdeen-Angus cattle and quickly developed a reputation within his home parish of Glamis for quality and show-winning animals. Minx and Ju-Ju were among them, the heifers winning at both the Smithfield and Birmingham shows. This made sense, considering there was already a long history of memorable Angus animals coming from Glamis: Black Meg and Jude, two of the founding dams of the breed, being among them.
Claude kept up the tradition of quality stock until his death on February 16, 1904 at the age of 79.
Now why is he so important, you might ask? Well among the 11 children Claude and his wife Frances had was a son, also named Claude Bowes-Lyon, who became the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. He was the father of the woman who would become the patron of the Aberdeen-Angus breed for the next 50 years: Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon. But we tend to know her by a different name: Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Glamis Castle, Home of Claude George Bowes-Lyon 13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
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