George Elphinstone GCB

George Keith Elphinstone GCB (1746 - 1823)

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Sir George Keith "1st Viscount Keith" Elphinstone GCB
Born in Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Tulliallan Castle, near Kincardine-on-Forthmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Jul 2017
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Categories: Clan Elphinstone | The Dutch Cape Colony 1652-1806 | Cape of Good Hope Project Needs Validation | Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath.

Preceded by
12th (and last VOC) Governor
Abraham Sluysken
Sir George Elphinstone
Sir Alured Clarke
Sir James Craig

Joint Commanders of the
Cape Colony
during the First British occupation (1795 –1803)
16 Sep 1795 - 15 Nov 1795
Succeeded by
Sir James Craig
Table Bay, South Africa (1762)
George Elphinstone GCB was part of the settlement of the Dutch Cape Colony.
Join: Cape of Good Hope - Kaap de Goede Hoop (1652-1806) Project
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Sir George Keith was born in 1746. He passed away in 1823. [1]
He was twice married: in 1787 to Jane Mercer, daughter of Colonel William Mercer of Aldie; and in 1808 to Hester Thrale, daughter of Henry Thrale and Hester Thrale, who is spoken of as 'Queeney' in Boswell's Life of Johnson and Mme d'Arblay's Diary. He had a daughter by each marriage, the second being Georgina Augusta Henrietta Keith, but no son. Thus the viscounty became extinct on his death, but the British and Irish baronies descended to his elder daughter Margaret (1788–1867), who married the Comte de Flahault de la Billarderie, only for the baronies to become extinct on her death. [2]


Born: 7 January 1746 [2]
Place: Stirling, Scotland [2]


Died: 10 March 1823 (aged 77) [2]
Place: Tulliallan Castle, near Kincardine-on-Forth [2]

Military awards

George Elphinstone, 1st Viscount Keith GCB [3]


  1. Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986, Available from Boydell and Brewer ELPHINSTONE, Sir George Keith (1746-1823), [1]. Ref Volumes: 1790-1820 Author: D. G. Henry. Seen and entered July 23, 2017 by Susanna de Bruyn
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 George Elphinstone, 1st Viscount Keith, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [2].Seen and entered July 23, 2017 by Susanna de Bruyn
  3. GCB - Knight Grand Cross. Order of the Bath.From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [3]. The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (formerly the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath) is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725.[2] The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for appointing a knight, which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements. The knights so created were known as "Knights of the Bath".George I "erected the Knights of the Bath into a regular Military Order". He did not (as is commonly believed) revive the Order of the Bath, since it had never previously existed as an Order, in the sense of a body of knights who were governed by a set of statutes and whose numbers were replenished when vacancies occurred. Seen and entered July 23, 2017 by Susanna de Bruyn

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On 5 Aug 2017 at 14:49 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Thank you Isabelle :)

On 4 Aug 2017 at 19:39 GMT Isabelle Rassinot wrote:

I have linked his daughter Margaret Mercer Elphinstone, who is already mentioned in his biography. Hope it is fine.

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