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Correspondence and papers of William Hugh Elliot Murray Kynynmound (1814-1891), 3rd Earl of Minto., 1822-1891, undated.

Identifier: MSS.12238-12364

Scope and Contents

William Hugh Elliot Murray Kynynmound was the eldest surviving son of the 2nd Earl of Minto, who was styled Viscount Melgund from 1814 and succeeded as Earl of Minto in 1859. He was Member of Parliament for Hythe, 1837-1841, for Greenock, 1847-1852, and for Clackmannan and Kinross, 1857-1859; served as chairman of the Lunacy Commission, Scotland, 1857. As an active back-bench MP and peer, who was closely related to some of the leading political figures of his time - he was, for example, the father of Arthur Elliot, the brother of Sir Henry George Elliot, and the brother-in-law of the 1st Earl Russell. The 3rd Earl of Minto's correspondence and papers contain much material concerning British politics and Scottish affairs the Victorian era. The election and constituency correspondence is especially rich, and there is abundant material concerning Church of Scotland affairs and the education question in Scotland. In 1844 the 3rd Earl of Minto married Emma Eleanor Elizabeth ('Nina') Hislop, daughter of General Sir Thomas Hislop, and granddaughter of Hugh Elliot. Her correspondence contains much material relating to her publications, as well as to her historical and literary interests in general. William Hugh Elliot Murray Kynymound, 3rd Earl of Minto is referred to throughout this section simply as 'the 3rd Earl of Minto'. His wife is referred to as 'the Countess of Minto'.


  • Creation: 1822-1891, undated.

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128 Volumes


The papers are arranged as follows. MSS.12238-12271. Family and general correspondence MSS.12272-12329. Diaries and notebooks MSS.12330-12337. Financial and legal correspondence and papers MSS.12338-12362. Political correspondence and papers MSS.12363-12364. General correspondence of the Countess of Minto


The 3rd Earl of Minto was author of 'Remarks on the Government Scheme of National Education as Applied to Scotland' (Edinburgh, 1848), and 'Game, Salmon and Poachers' (Edinburgh, 1863). Emma Eleanor Elizabeth ('Nina') Hislop was the author of ‘A memoir of the Right Honourable Hugh Elliot' (Edinburgh, 1868) (first printed privately in 1862), of ‘Life and letters of Sir Gilbert Elliot, First Earl of Minto, from 1751 to 1806', 3 volumes, (London, 1874), and of ‘Life and letters of Sir Gilbert Elliot, First Earl of Minto, from 1807 to 1814’ (London, 1880).

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