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Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound (Elliot)

Also Known As: "Sir Gilbert Elliot", "The Lord Minto"
Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Minto, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Death: June 21, 1814 (63)
Stevenage, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Rt. Hon. Sir Gilbert Elliot of Minto, 3rd Bt and Agnes Dalrymple Kynynmound
Husband of Anna Maria Amyand
Father of Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 2nd Earl of Minto; Admiral Sir George Elliot, KCB; John Edmond Elliot; Catherine Sarah Boileau; Harriet Mayr Elliot and 1 other
Brother of Hugh Elliot; Alexander Kynynmound Elliott; Reverend Robert Elliott and Eleanor Eden

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About Gilbert Elliot, 1st Earl of Minto

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 1st Earl of Minto PC (23 April 1751 – 21 June 1814), known as Sir Gilbert Elliott between 1777 and 1797 and as The Lord Minto between 1797 and 1813, was a Scottish politician diplomat. He was viceroy of the short-lived Anglo-Corsican Kingdom from 1793 to 1796 and went on to become Governor-General of India between 1807 and 1813.

Background and education

Minto was born in Edinburgh, the eldest son of Sir Gilbert Elliot, 3rd Baronet, and Agnes, daughter of Hugh Dalrymple-Murray-Kynynmound. He was the nephew of John Elliott, Governor of Newfoundland, and of the poet Jean Elliot, while Hugh Elliot was his younger brother and Sir Charles Elliot his nephew. About 1763 Elliot and his brother Hugh were sent to Paris, where their studies were supervised by the Scottish philosopher David Hume, and where they became intimate with Honoré Mirabeau. Having passed the winters of 1766 and 1767 at the University of Edinburgh, Minto entered Christ Church, Oxford, and on quitting the university he was called to the Bar.


In 1776 Minto entered parliament as an independent Whig MP for Morpeth. He became very friendly with Edmund Burke, whom he helped in the attack on Warren Hastings and Sir Elijah Impey, and on two occasions was an unsuccessful candidate for the office of Speaker. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1793 and in 1794 he was appointed as viceroy of the short-lived Anglo-Corsican Kingdom. In 1797 he assumed the additional names of Murray-Kynynmound and was created Baron Minto, of Minto in the County of Roxburgh. From 1799 to 1801 he was Envoy-Extraordinary to Austria, and having been for a few months President of the Board of Control he was appointed Governor-General of India at the end of 1806. The district of Minto in New South Wales, Australia, was named after him in 1809. He governed until 1813, during which he expanded the British presence in the area to the Moluccas, Java, and other Dutch possessions in the East Indies during the Napoleonic Wars. He was then created Viscount Melgund, of Melgund in the County of Forfar, and Earl of Minto, of Minto in the County of Roxburgh.


Lord Minto married Anna Maria, daughter of Sir George Amyand, 1st Baronet, in 1777. Their second son was the naval commander Admiral the Hon. Sir George Elliot while their third son the Hon. John Elliot was a politician. Lord Minto died at Stevenage, Hertfordshire, on 21 June 1814, aged 63, and was buried in Westminster Abbey. He was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son, Gilbert. Lady Minto died in March 1829.

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 1st Earl of Minto', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 15 September 2012, 19:47 UTC, <,_1st_Earl_of_Minto&oldid=512717633> [accessed 16 November 2012]

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Gilbert Elliot, 1st Earl of Minto's Timeline

April 23, 1751
Minto, Roxburghshire, Scotland
November 16, 1782
Age 31
Lyon, Rhone, Rhone-Alpes, France
August 1, 1784
Age 33
Enniskillen, , , Ireland
March 30, 1788
Age 36
July 2, 1797
Age 46
June 21, 1814
Age 63
Stevenage, England, United Kingdom
London, England