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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Davina Countess of Stair 1930-2017

__. Davina Countess of Stair, who died 1 November, 2017, aged 87, was a first cousin of Her Majesty The Queen.

She was born Davina Katherine Bowes Lyon, 2 May, 1930, the only daughter of the Hon Sir David Bowes Lyon, KCVO, (1902-1961), the sixth son of the 14th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne, KG, KT, GCVO.

Her father, on whose 28th birthday she was born, was perhaps the favourite sibling of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and the closest in age to Her Majesty.

Davina Bowes Lyon married 14 January, 1960, John Aymer Dalrymple, 13th Earl of Stair, KCVO (1906-96), son of the 12th Earl of Stair (1879-1961) by his wife the former Violet Evelyn Harford.

Lady Stair was widowed 26 Feb, 1996. She leaves three sons, the elder of whom is Jamie, 14th Earl of Stair.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were represented by Davina's brother, Sir Simon Bowes Lyon, KCVO, at the funeral which took place at Inch Church, Castle Kennedy, Stranraer, 15 Nov, 2017.

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