Categories: Clan Elliot.
NOTE : date of birth a guess based on the fact that Robert was orphaned as a child in 1513 and did not assume leadership of the clan until 1516 - date of death fairly certain, taken from the succession of Elliot chiefs
Robert Elwald of the Redheugh, Liddesdale was the son of Robert Elwald of the Redheugh.
Robert's father, Robert Ellot of Redheugh, 13th Chief of Clan Elliot, was killed at the Battle of Flodden in 1513, when Robert was still a young child. William Elliot of Larriston led the Clan until Robert was old enough to take the responsibility about 1516.
Robert Ellot became the 14th Chief of Clan Elliot and was appointed Captain of Hermitage Castle. In Robert's time, the Elliots had a close alliance with the Scotts of Buccleuch.
In 1541 the Elliots became involved in renewed border clashes with England. As skilled border reivers, the Elliots provided some of the finest light horsemen an army could hope for, and played an important role in the battles of Flodden in 1513 and Solway Moss in 1542. They rode light on hardy ponies famous for their ability to pick their way over the bogs of the border country,   and wore a sleeveless doublet reinforced with small plates of steel and steel bonnets for protection. They carried lances and small shields, swords and dirks, pistols and perhaps a longbow or light crossbow.
When King James sent a large army into England in 1542, weak leadership in the Scottish army resulted in defeat when their advance was stopped by the English on Solway Moss near the River Esk on the English side of the Anglo-Scottish Border.  Losses on each side but the English took a great number of prisoners, many hostages remained in England. Humiliated, disheartened, King James of Scotland died a few weeks later. Scotland had long been an ally of France, England's ancient enemy. In 1544, the English King Henry VIII's war of Rough Wooing with Scotland began in earnest as he sought to cement an alliance with Scotland through the marriage of Scotland's infant Queen Mary with his young son Edward.
Robert's brothers were Martin Ellot of Braidley, Archibald Ellot of Falnash and John Ellot of Copshaw
Robert died about 1562.
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