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Son of Sir John Eliot, MP and Radigunda Eliot
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About Richard Elliot
Richard Eliot (c. 1614 - unknown date in 1660s) was the wayward second son of Sir John Eliot (11 April, 1592 - 27 November, 1632) and Rhadigund Geddy (c. 1595 - June 1628).
Richard went to the University of Oxford at his father's suggestion, but did not fare well with academic life. He became embroiled at Oxford in various difficulties, which are mentioned without further detail in his father's writings. His father's friend, Sir John Hampden, was asked to intervene on behalf of Sir John Eliot who was incarcerated in the Tower at the time.
Further problems ensued when Richard failed or refused to visit his father in the Tower. As a result, Richard seems to have disappeared compared to his siblings.
It is known that he went to the Low Countries under Sir Edward Howard around February 1632.
Richard had died before 1669 when his brothers, John and Edward, argued over the inheritance of Richard's lands in Cornwall.
General Granville Elliott (1713 - 1759) spent much time and effort trying to prove that Richard Eliot had married Catherine Killigrew (1618 - 1689), and had a child George Elliott born around 1636. However, documents survive that show that Richard died 'ob cael', i.e. a bachelor, and that, in 1656, Catherine was known as a spinster aged 38. It is likely, however, that George Elliott was the illegitimate son of Richard and Catherine.
 ReferencesMost information on Richard is included in articles about his more famous father, viz:
The Life of Sir J. Eliot, by J. Forster (1864) as supplemented and corrected by
Gardiner's History of England, vols. v.-vii., and the article in the
Dictionary of National Biography, by the same author. Eliot's writings, together with his Letter-Book, have been edited by Alexander Grosart. Persondata Name Eliot, Richard Alternative names Short description Wayward son of Sir John Eliot Date of birth circa 1614 Place of birth Port Eliot, Cornwall Date of death unknown Place of death unknown
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