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Elliot, Gilbert, 1st Earl Of Minto, Diplomat, (1751-1814)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 ELL/100-166

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Elliot, Gilbert, 1st Earl Of Minto, Diplomat, (1751-1814)

Date(s): [1793-1794]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 15ft; 454cm

Name of creator(s): Kynynmound | Gilbert Elliot Murray | 1751-1814 | 1st Earl of Minto | Governor General of India x Elliot | Gilbert | 1751-1814


Administrative/Biographical history:

Gilbert Elliot, eldest son of Sir Gilbert Elliot, 3rd St. (q. v.), was called to the English Bar in 1774 and entered Parliament two years later as the Member for Morpeth, transferring to Roxburghshire in 1777. He gave independent support to the government during the War of American Independence, only going over to the Opposition in 1782. Having lost his seat in 1784, he was returned for Berwick in 1786. In 1790 he was returned for Helston, Cornwall, and in 1793 transferred his allegiance to Pitt's government. In this year he was appointed Civil Commissioner at Toulon and served as Viceroy of Corsica between 1794 and 1796. He attempted to make Corsica the centre of British power in the Mediterranean and it was through him that Nelson (q.v.) attacked Porto Ferraio. In September 1796 he was ordered to withdraw from Corsica to Naples, after which he returned to England in March 1798. In 1799 he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary to the Court of Vienna and was Governor-General of India, 1806 to 1813. He was created Baron Minto in 1797 and Earl of Minto in 1813. See Countess of Minto ed. , 'Life and letters Of Sir Gilbert Elliot, first Earl of Minto...' (London, 1874).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Lord Gilbert Elliot comprising sixty-two volumes and covering the official correspondence of Lord Minto when he was Commissioner at Toulon and Viceroy of Corsica. In addition, there is an account of the attack and defence of Toulon, 1793, a journal for March 1794, a few loose papers and some correspondence between Elliot, Nelson and Lady Hamilton.


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


Related material:

Further naval papers of the First Earl form part of the Minto collection in 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: 2011-03-10

Defence | State security
Naval operations | Military operations | Military engineering

Personal names
Kynynmound | Gilbert Elliot Murray | 1751-1814 | 1st Earl of Minto | Governor General of India x Elliot | Gilbert | 1751-1814 |

Corporate names

Corsica | France | Western Europe | Europe
Toulon | France | Western Europe | Europe