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Robert Elliot

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Robert "17th Chief of the Liddesdale Elliots" Elliot
Born [date unknown] in Roxburghshire, Scotlandmap
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Robert Elliot of Redreugh 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 Elliot married Lady Jean Stewart, a daughter of Francis Stewart who was herself a daughter of the Earl of Bothwell and Lady Margaret Douglas.

Robert Ellot was the 17th chief of the Liddesdale Elliots, becoming chief in 1591 until his death in 1670.

His home was 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.

As Chief, Robert Elliot was succeeded by his grandson, Robert Elliot of Larriston who was Chief from 1670 to 1688.



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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