Baronets Elliot of Minto (1700)


1st Baronet Elliot, Gilbert Elliot, b.c.1650, a.1700, d.1718


Sir Gilbert Elliot was a Lord of Session under the title of Lord Minto and was created 1st Baronet Elliot of Minto in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia.


2nd Baronet Elliot, Gilbert Elliot, b.c.1693, a.1718, d.1766


Son of the 1st Baronet and Jean Carre (or Ker), daughter of Sir Andrew Carre of Cavers. He was also a Lord of Session, and Lord Justice Clerk from 1763 to his death.


3rd Baronet Elliot, Gilbert Elliot, b.1722, a.1766, d.1777


Son of the 2nd Baronet and Helen Steuart (b.?, d.1774), daughter of Sir Robert Steuart, 1st Baronet Steuart of Allanbank. He was a Lord of the Admiralty from 1756 to 1762 and Treasurer of the Navy from 1767 to 1770.


4th Baronet Elliot, Gilbert Elliot, b.1751, a.1777, d.1814


Son of the 3rd Baronet and Agnes Dalrymple-Murray-Kynynmound (b.?, d.1778), a grand-daughter of Sir David Dalrymple, 1st Baronet Dalrymple of Hailes (a brother of John Dalrymple, 1st Earl of Stair). He spent time in Paris under the supervision of the famous philosopher David Hume, and returned to study at the University of Edinburgh and at Christ Church Oxford before becoming a King’s Counsel. In 1776 he became MP for Morpeth, and in 1794 was appointed Governor of Corsica. He was raised to the Peerage of Great Britain in 1797 as 1st Baron Minto, of Minto in Roxburghshire. From 1807 until 1813 he was Governor-General of India, expanding the British presence in the Dutch East Indies, and on retiring was created 1st Earl of Minto and 1st Viscount Melgund (of Melgund in Forfarshire) in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.



Earls of Minto (1813)


1st Earl of Minto, Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, as above


The additions to his surname were assumed when he was made a peer and are taken from his mother, Agnes Dalrymple-Murray-Kynynmound (b.?, d.1778), a descendant of Sir James Dalrymple, 1st Viscount Stair.


2nd Earl of Minto, Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, b.1782, a.1814, d.1859


Son of the 1st Earl and Anna Maria Amyand (b.?, d.1829), daughter of Sir George Amyand, 1st Baronet Amyand of London. The eldest son of a large family, he entered politics as a Whig MP, and later served as British Ambassador to Prussia, after which he was First Lord of the Admiralty from 1835 to 1841 and then Lord Privy Seal from 1846 to 1852.


3rd Earl of Minto, William Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, b.1814, a.1859, d.1891


Son of the 2nd Earl and Mary Brydone (b.?, d.1853). He was elected as an MP on several occasions, and in 1870 was made a Knight of the Thistle.


4th Earl of Minto, Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, b.1845, a.1891, d.1914


Son of the 3rd Earl and Emma Eleanor Elizabeth Hyslop (b.?, d.1882), daughter of General Sir Thomas Hyslop, 1st Baronet Hyslop. Educated at Eton and Trinity College Cambridge, he joined the Scots Guards as a Lieutenant in 1867, but left in 1870. He then joined the 1st Roxburghshire Mounted Rifle Volunteer Corps as a Captain, and later saw action with the Turkish Army against Russia, and in the Second Afghan War, before taking on several military colonial postings, including Canada. In 1886 he returned to Britain to further his political ambitions but was not elected to Parliament. However, he continued his involvement in the Volunteer movement, being promoted to Colonel in the South of Scotland Brigade. In 1898, he was named as Governor-General of Canada, a post that he took very seriously and earnestly, earning the respect of the local population. In 1905 he was appointed as Viceroy and Governor-General of India, retiring in 1910. For his devotion to public service he was made a Knight of the Garter.


5th Earl of Minto, Victor Gilbert Lariston Garnet Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, b.1891, a.1914, d.1975


Son of the 4th Earl and Lady Mary Caroline Grey (b.?, d.1940), a grand-daughter of Sir Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey.


6th Earl of Minto, Gilbert Edward George Lariston Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, b.1928, a.1975, d.2005


Son of the 5th Earl and Marion Cook.


7th Earl of Minto, Timothy Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, b.1953, a.2005


Son of the 6th Earl and Lady Caroline Child-Villiers (b.1934), daughter of George Francis Child-Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey. As well as being 7th Earl, he is also 7th Viscount Melgund, 7th Baron Minto and 10th Baronet Elliot of Minto.



The courtesy title for the heir is Viscount Melgund.


(Last updated: 12/08/2009)