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Robert Elliot (abt. 1583 - bef. 1673)

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Robert "17th Chief of Redheugh" Elliot
Born about in Roxburghshire, Scotlandmap
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Robert, eldest son of Robert Ellot; 16th Chief of Redheugh and Marion Hamilton; was a minor when his father died, in 1591; at which time his father's brother William Ellot of Hartsgarth became his guardian and tutor[1]Upon reaching the age of 14 years old (Year 1597); his mother's brothers John and Andrew Hamilton of St John's Chapel; and his fathers kinsmen William Ellot of Falnash and John Ellot of Copshaw, became his curators[1]

Robert Ellot, became the 17th chief of Redheugh; and The last of his line to hold Redheugh; his father dead by June 25, 1591[2]; age 20 in 1603 (Birth would have been in 1583); same year Queen Elizabeth died[1]; and lived primarily in a new tower at Larriston. The Elliot seat at Redheugh had declined in importance and the farm and peel tower at Lariston became the focus of the Elliots of Liddesdale. click here [1] to hear the Corries sing the border ballad Lock the Door Larriston

While the Elliots had been in possession of their lands in Liddesdale for many generations, when the Lordship of Liddesdale fell into the hands of Sir Walter Scott of Buccleuch in 1592 things began to change. In 1608, the 1st Earl of Buccleuch sort to remove the Elliots from their holdings by having Robert Elliot declared a rebel and "put to the horn" (declared an outlaw). The Elliots resented this move and a conspiracy for the assassination of Buccleuch was put together. Their plan was betrayed by Gib Elliot "the tutor" (the traitor). Robert Elliot was arrested and committed to the Tolbooth in Edinburgh. Now without lands, and in peril for his life, his wife found herself in such reduced circumstances that she was forced to sell her clothes to support her children and her husband in gaol. (Prisoners in those days had to provide for themselves) His new Scott tenants came under relentless pressure from the Elliots of Liddesdale, eventually persuading Buccleuch to relent and Robert Elliot was set free to return to Liddesdale.

After the suppression of the clan system as successive monarchs endeavoured to clean up the borders, and the imprisonment of Robert Elliot, the peel towers were probably destroyed and Robert Elliot’s tenants and followers dispersed. Redheugh was settled on Robert’s daughter, Margaret, in 1637 on her marriage to James Ellot, a younger son of Stobs. Their descendants were the Elliots of Larriston.

Robert Elliot of Redheugh and Larriston
from the poem "lock the Door Lariston" by James Hogg -
Why dost thou smile, noble Elliot of Lariston?
Why do the joy-candles gleam in thine eye?
Thou bold Border ranger,
Beware of thy danger;—
Thy foes are relentless, determined, and nigh.
I’ve Mangerton, Ogilvie, Raeburn, and Netherbie,
Old Sim of Whitram, and all his array;
Come, all Northumberland,
Teesdale and Cumberland,
Here at the Breaken tower end shall the fray.’

Robert married twice; 1st a sister of John Murray (Later Earl of Annandale); and secondly, sometime after 1618; Lady Jean Stewart; the 3rd daughter of the Earl of Bothwell[3]Francis Stewart and Lady Margaret Douglas[3]

Robert's first marriage produced no children; his 2nd marriage to Jean Stewart produced 2 daughters:

  1. Margaret, married (Contract 28th January 1637), her first cousin James Ellot; 6th son of Gibbie of Stobs[4]
  1. Esther, married Alexander Clerk, Minister of Latheron (Contract Sept. 11, 1653); and on them Robert settled the lands of Layheuch; Greenholm; and Gullyflat, she died Sept 30, 1664; and is buried with her husband in the chapel yard of Inverness (No children)[3]

Robert upon his death by 1673; left no male heirs; his cousin Sir Gilbert Eliott of Stobs; 1st Baronet and great-grandson of Robert Ellot of Redheugh and his wife Jean Scott; succeeded him; becoming the 4th Laird of Midlem Mil.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pg 55 Elliots: Story of a border clan
  2. Pg 52 The Elliots: Story of a border clan
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Pg 75; The Elliots: the story of a border clan
  4. Pg 76; The Elliots: the story of a border clan
  5. Pg 76 The Elliots: the story of a border clan


This person was created through the import of Jim Walker gedcom 4 Wikitree may 22 2011.ged on 24 May 2011.

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Larriston & the Breaken Tower in Liddesdale, Roxburghshire
Larriston & the Breaken Tower in Liddesdale, Roxburghshire


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