Gilbert Elliot, 2nd Earl of Minto
Gilbert Elliot, 2nd Earl of Minto

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Gilbert Elliot, 2nd Earl of Minto 
1st son of Sir George Elliot, 4th Bart.
Date (from)(Date to)Event
16 November 1782 Born (Lyons).
1801 Edinburgh University.
18021805Captain, Roxburgh militia.
1803 St John's College, Cambridge.
18061807M.P. (whig) for Ashburton, Devonshire.
28 August 1806 Married Mary, eldest daughter of Patrick Brydone of Coldstream, Berwickshire (mother of five sons and four daughters, died 1853).
18121814M.P. for Roxburghshire.
21 June 1814 Succeeded as 2nd Earl.
15 August 1830 Privy Councillor.
22 August 183215 September 1834British ambassador to Berlin (Prussia).
16 September 1834 G.C.B. (Knight Grand Cross of the Bath)
19 September 18357 September 1841First Lord of the Admiralty in Melbourne's 2nd administration.
20 July 1841 Lord John Russell married his daughter, Lady Francis Anna Maria Elliot (died 1898).
July 1846February 1852Lord Privy Seal in Lord John Russell's cabinet.
18471848Diplomatic mission to Italy.
31 July 1859 Died.
Acording to the Dictionary of National Biography: 'It was said at the time that his period of office [as First Lord] was distinguished only by the outcry raised at the number of Elliots who found places in the naval service' Furthermore 'He was an indifferent speaker and was undistinguished by administrative capacity, but he possessed considerable influence in affairs of state.'.
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