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Early papers of the Elliot family of Minto., 17th century-18th century.

Identifier: MSS.11001-11041

Scope and Contents

This section consists of the personal, political and official correspondence and papers of the Elliots of Minto up to and including the 3rd Baronet, but chiefly of Sir Gilbert Elliot, 2nd Baronet (1693-1766), and of his son Sir Gilbert Elliot, 3rd Baronet (1722-1777). The former was Member of Parliament for Roxburghshire and served as Lord Justice Clerk from 1763; the latter was Member of Parliament for Selkirkshire, 1753-1765, and for Roxburghshire, 1765-1777, and served as Lord of the Admiralty 1756-1761, Lord of the Treasury, 1761-1762, Treasurer of the Chamber, 1762-1770, Keeper of the Signet from 1766, and Treasurer of the Navy from 1770. The papers are a valuable source for the study of British politics from the 1750s to the 1770s, and for the political concerns of Scotland during that period. There is documentation for the intellectual interests of the 3rd Baronet, though the letters of David Hume, his intimate friend, are no longer in the papers. There are also papers (MSS.11020-11024) concerning Alexander Kynynmound Elliot (1752-1778), son of the 3rd Baronet, of the East India Company's service, Bengal, a a noted protégé of Warren Hastings.


  • Creation: 17th century-18th century.

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41 Volumes


The papers are arranged as follows. MSS.11001-11024. Family and general correspondence MSS.11025-11030. Financial and legal papers MSS.11031-11041. Administrative and political papers


The papers in this section are used and quoted in G F S Elliot, ‘The Border Elliots and the Family of Minto’ (Edinburgh, 1897).

Repository Details

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