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Andrew Elliot (1728 - 1797)

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Andrew Elliot
Born in Edinburgh, Scotlandmap
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Husband of — married in Philadelphiamap
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Died in Mount Teviot, Jedburgh, Scotlandmap
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Andrew Elliot was a Loyalist in the American Revolution


Andrew Elliot - lieutenant-governor of New York

Andrew Elliot was a Prebyterian, accounts vary as to whether he was the second or third son of Sir Gilbert Elliot, 2nd Baronet, (Lord Minto) and Lord Justice of Scotland.

He married firstly Eleanor McCall of Philadelphia. Mrs. Elliot died in Philadelphia, and was buried in Christ Church Ground May 20, 1756.
Mr. Elliot afterwards married Elizabeth, daughter of William Plumsted by his first wife Rebecca Kearney, and step-daughter of Mr. Elliot's sister-in-law Mary (McCall) Plumsted - from Eugene Devereux - “They are believed to have been married at the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, the records of which are lost, for that date.”

notes from G.B. Keen in The Descendants of Joram Kyn, The Founder of Upland [1]

In 1746 - Andrew Elliot accompanied John Swift, from London to Philadelphia, where he became engaged in mercantile pursuits. Described by John Swift as “a tall, thin Scots gentleman, with a pimply face ... He answers to the name of Elliot, and is an intimate friend of mine, one for whom I have a particular regard on account of several valuable qualities I have discovered in him, we having lived together in the same house for nearly two years ...... a very sensible, modest, deserving young fellow, and an agreeable companion.” His friends were mostly “a little circle of Scottish friends” He was kind, friendly, and hospitable to his countrymen and friends; was generous to the poor; was a gentleman born; and had a good heart." He performed his official duties, "in a manner highly satisfactory."

In 1755 - Andrew Elliot was a Common Councilman of Philadelphia

In 1762 - he was elected a Trustee of the College of Philadelphia, retired the same year.

In 1764 - He was appointed Collector of Customs at New York. Andrew Elliot had a house in Bowery Lane, and a country house on the Hudson river which he called "Minto”.

In 1774 - He seized a large quantity of arms possessed and sent them to General Gage.

Upon the Declaration of Independence he retired with his family and effects into New Jersey.

In 1777 - Andrew Elliot returned to New York as Superintendent of the Court of Police. Superintendent of Imports and Exports to and from the Islands of New York, Long Island, and Staten Island

In 1779 - He was made Lieutenant-Governor of New York, a Member of his Majesty's Council, and one of the Council to the Commissioners for Restoring Peace to the Colonies.

In 1783 - With Governor Robertson and Chief-Justice Smith, Andrew Elliot was sent by Sir Henry Clinton to General Washington, to make a last attempt to save the life of Major Andre.

In 1783 - Loyal to the British, Andrew Elliot retired to Scotland (in the ship Nonsuch); his estates in New York and Pennsylvania had been confiscated at the close of the war, his furniture was sold at auction in September, of that year, at his house in Bowery Lane."

Andrew Elliot and family lived at Mount Teviot in Roxburghshire, Scotland, where he died in May, 1797.


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