Robert (Elliot) Ellot

Robert (Elliot) Ellot (abt. 1520 - 1566)

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Robert "15th Chief of Redheugh" Ellot formerly Elliot aka Elwald
Born about in Redheugh, Roxburgh Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Redheugh, Roxburgh Scotlandmap
Profile last modified | Created 3 Nov 2013
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Robert Elwald of the Redheugh
Robert Ellot - 15th chief of the Elliots

Redheugh or Reidheugh is a farm in Liddesdale, beside a small loch created by damming the Rede Burn, between Hermitage and Newcastleton. There is an Elliot clan museum there. It is the site of the first of a string of defensive peel towers in the valley. [1]

1562-64 - Robert Ellot the 15th, Chief, Captain of Hermitage Castle and Deputy Keeper of Liddesdale. Married to Jean Scott, sister of Buccleuch.

Robert of Reidheugh was the 15th Laird, a son of Robert the 14th Laird whom he succeeded in 1562 according to the clan list. [2] Robert died in 1564 when he was succeeded by Robert Ellot the 16th Laird.

The Laird of Redheugh was usually appointed as Captain of Hermitage Castle in Liddesdale. In 1563 Robert Ellot was appointed Deputy Keeper of Hermitage Castle and Deputy Keeper of Liddesdale. The Hepburns of Bothwell were keepers and lords of The Hermitage. James Hepburn, 1st Duke of Orkney and 4th Earl of Bothwell, was often in trouble at court and in 1562 was imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle. He escaped and went to Hermitage Castle, determined to make his mark by cleaning to the troublesome border reivers. [3] In the summer of 1566, hearing that John Elliot of Park was out, Bothwell went after him, caught up with him on horseback, and shot hm out of his saddle. Bothwell dismounted, and bending over the wounded reiver, was surprised by John Elliot who, suddenly came to life, wounded Bothwell severely. Bothwell's men carried him home to Hermitage castle, only to find that the prisoners there had broken out and taken over the castle. Bothwell was refused permission to enter until he had come to terms with them. The reivers had turned the tables on him. (Wha daur meddle wi' me? This story is told in the Border ballad Little Jock Elliot) Mary Queen of Scotts visited the wounded Bothwell at the Hermitage. A year later, the Queen and Bothwell were married.

Robert Ellot married Jean Scott, sister of Scott of Buccleuch, around 1550 (and after his death in 1564, she married Gavin Eliott of Stobs).

children of Robert Ellot & Jean Scott - [4]
Robert of Redheugh - the 16th chief - died 1591
William of Hartsgarth
Gilbert of Stobs - "Gibbie wi' the Golden Garties" d:1634
Gavin of Brugh (d.bef.1631) was the youngest son of Robert of Redheugh and Jean Scott
a daughter, who was the 2nd wife of William Graham, who was the 2nd son of Richard Graham of Netherby.


  • birth date 1520 estimated from supposed date of marriage around 1550
  • death date given as 1566 by "The Peerage" however the clan list gives 1562-1564 for Robert the 15th Chief indicating that he died in 1564.


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On 5 Apr 2016 at 11:15 GMT Valerie Willis wrote:

Ready for merging now - see biography in Elliot-746

note : birthdate given here too early for a marriage c. 1550 & to be Captain of a castle garrison in 1563 (aged 17 years?)

Don't fuss over names "Elliot" or "Eliott" both should be "Ellot" anyway but people searching would expect to see Elliot the name Eliott belongs to later descendants

On 1 Apr 2016 at 23:17 GMT Valerie Willis wrote:

Elliot-746 and Eliott-55 appear to represent the same person because: These are meant as the same people but insufficient research has produced very different details for each profile - more work needed but an eventual merge necessary - working on it!

Robert is 22 degrees from Neil Armstrong, 35 degrees from Gaile Connolly and 13 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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