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Family and general correspondence and the diplomatic papers of Hugh Elliot (1752-1830), younger brother of the 1st Earl of Minto., 1771-1820, undated.

Identifier: MSS.12952-13059

Scope and Contents

Hugh Elliot was British ambassador successively in Munich and Ratisbon, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Dresden and Naples, then governor of the Leeward Islands, and finally of Madras. Elliot was partly educated in France, and from 1770 until his withdrawal from Naples in 1806 he was almost permanently on the Continent. His diplomatic papers, especially those relating to the Copenhagen and Naples embassies, are rich in material for the general political history of Europe. He also enjoyed wide contacts amongst men and women of ability and learning, including such diverse figures as Mirabeau, Gentz, the Prince de Ligne, Mme du Deffand, and Queen Maria Carolina of Naples.


  • Creation: 1771-1820, undated.

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109 Volumes ; These bound volumes are nearly all quarto and are described as such, though they contain a quantity of larger material folded.


About 1786 Hugh Elliot began to bind his own papers, and most of the correspondence from before that year arrived bound in the National Library. No alteration has been made to this arrangement, despite Elliot's occasionally inaccurate dating, and tendency to arrange letters by the language in which they were written rather than by date or subject.

The papers are arranged as follows. MSS.12952-12963. Family correspondence MSS.12964-12975. Letters of particular correspondents MSS.12976-13005. General correspondence and bound diplomatic papers MSS.13006-13016. Business and financial papers MSS.13017-13022. Unbound diplomatic papers to 1802 MSS.13023-13053. Papers relating to the Neapolitan mission MSS.13054-13058. Papers relating to the Governorship of the Leeward Islands MS.13059. Papers relating to the Governorship of Madras


These manuscripts were used by Hugh Elliot's granddaughter Emma Eleanor Elizabeth, Countess of Minto, for her 'Memoir of Hugh Elliot' (Edinburgh, 1868).

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