Category: Clan Elliot

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CLAN ELLIOT

Elliot Tartan

The current Clan Chief is Margaret Eliott of Redhuegh-Stobs. The clan seat is Redheugh, near Newcastleton, Roxburghshire. Margaret Eliott is the 29th Chief of the Clan and has held the position of Chief of the Name and Arms of Eliott from 12 September 1991. See the Clan Elliot Society Home Page

Origin

The name Elliot is thought to be of Breton origin. When Elliots and bearers of like variant names first arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066, they left behind the ancestors of the many Elliots living in Brittany today. Results of the recent Elliot DNA project showed that nearly forty per cent of all sampled with Elliot or one of its variants as an ancestral name carried Celtic-Brittonic ancestry. Early History of the Elliot Clan by Keith Elliot Hunter.

The origin of the Elliots is surrounded in obscurity; the Elliots first emerging in the late 15th century as a distinct clan led by a chieftain. Clan tradition suggests that the Ellots were first settled at the foot of Glen Shee in Angus; and research has confirmed the presence of an early settlement near the foot of Glen Shee whose name was pronounced Eliot, though spelled Alyth in old documents. Early History of the Elliot Clan by Keith Elliot Hunter.

As Borderers, the Elliots spoke Lowland Scots, a dialect evolved from the old English first brought to Britain by the Angles, Saxons and Jutes; the language of Chaucer.

Tradition traces the arrival of the Elliots at Redheugh, in Liddesdale, in the Scottish Borders in the 14th century, during the reign of King Robert the Bruce, planted there to protect the Borders from incursions by the English. In this role, with the Armstrongs, and others, they became Border Reivers, families of cattle and sheep rustlers and raiders, gaining notoriety for the independence of their allegiance and respect for their skill as light cavalry.

The ancestral home of the Elliots at Stobs suffered a great fire in 1712, with the devastating loss of all the old family documents. For this reason, Elliot genealogy is based on approximate birth dates, though death dates more certain and the clan lists of chiefs are reliable.

Clan Crest: The badge worn by Elliot clansmen represents a buckled leather belt around the armorial Crest of the Chief of Clan Eliott

Motto: Fortiter et Recte Bravely and with right
Old Motto: Soyez Sage Be Wise
Region: The Scottish Borders
District: Liddesdale in the County of Roxburgh
Plant badge: White Hawthorn
Pipe music: All The Blue Bonnets Are Over The Border
listen to Blue Bonnets here with the the pipes of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers [1]
and here Blue Bonnets is sung by the Corries [2]
All the Blue Bonnets are Over the Border by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
March! March! Ettrick and Tevot-dale,
Why my lads dinnaye march forward in order
March! March! Eskdale and Liddesdale!
All the blue bonnets are over the border
Many a banner spread,
Flutters above your head,
Many a crest that is famous in story,
Mount and make ready then,
Sons of the mountain glen,
Fight for your King and the old Scottish border.
Come from the hills where your hirsels are grazing,
Come from the glens of the buck and the roe;
Come to the grag where the beacon is blazing
Come with the buckler, the lance, and the bow
Trumpets are sounding,
War steeds are bounding.
Stand to your arms and march on good order
England shall many a day,
Tell of the bloody fray,
When the blue bonnets came over the border

Names associated with the clan:

Elwald (Ellwood) is an early form of this family name
Ellot appeared c.1550
About 1650, Elliot became the usual spelling; becoming adapted in subsequent generations to distinguish families of a particular descent, demonstrated in a popular rhyme -
The double L and single T
Descent from Minto and Wolflee,
The double T and single L
Mark the old race in Stobs that dwell.
The single L and single T
The Eliots of St Germains be,
But double T and double L,
Who they are nobody can tell.
Robert Bell in his Book of Scots-Irish Family Names added -
For double L and double T
the Scots should look across the sea (to Ireland)

note; for Ellot of Haik; pronounced "hoik", and now spelled Hawick.

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