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Elliot, Hugh (Diplomat) (1752-1830)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 ELL/300-310

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Elliot, Hugh (Diplomat) (1752-1830)

Date(s): [1803-1806]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 1ft; 30cm

Name of creator(s): Elliot | Hugh | 1752-1830 | diplomat and colonial governor


Administrative/Biographical history:

After an early period of military service abroad, Hugh Elliot, second son of Sir Gilbert Elliot (q.v), had a varied diplomatic career until, in 1803, he was appointed to Naples. Here he encountered a complicated situation. The Queen of Naples wished, and so influenced Elliot, that the English army should remain to defend Naples. However, the British military commander insisted that the army should go to Sicily, the Fleet duly escorted the Royal Family there and Elliot was recalled. He was later appointed Governor of the Leeward Islands and finished his career as Governor of Madras. See Countess of Minto, 'A memoir of the Right Honourable Hugh Elliot' (Edinburgh, 1868).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of of Hugh Elliot consisting of diplomatic correspondence, 1803 to 1806, and contain sixty-two letters from Nelson (q.v.), together with drafts and copies of Elliot's replies and correspondence with Admiral Collingwood (q.v.). There are also intelligence reports and other material which throw light on the diplomacy of the Neapolitan Court.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The paper, part of the Minto collection, were purchased by Sir James Caird in 1941 from the Earl of Minto.


Related material:

There are further papers relating to Hugh Elliot fn the National Library of Scotland.


Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26

Diplomacy | Foreign relations | International relations

Personal names
Collingwood | Cuthbert | 1750-1810 | Vice-Admiral | 1st Baron Collingwood
Elliot | Hugh | 1752-1830 | diplomat and colonial governor
Nelson | Horatio | 1758-1805 | 1st Viscount Nelson of the Nile and Burnham Thorpe | Vice-Admiral

Corporate names