Clan Elliot: A Brief History
In 1977, the Elliot Clan Society was formed by the late Clan's hereditary Chief, Sir Arthur Eliott, 11 th Baronet of Stobs and Laird of Redheugh, the ancient seat of the Clan Chiefs
Our present Chief is Sir Arthur's daughter, Margaret Eliott of Redheugh, the 29th Elliot Clan Chief.
The primary purposes of this Society, which is headquartered in Redheugh, are to preserve the history and traditions of the Clan, and to promote a spirit of kinship among its members. In the words of Sir Arthur, “the tie is essentially a family one, transcending national boundaries and disregarding distinctions of age, sex, wealth or status. Thus our Clan Society is more than a club and more even than what is generally understood by a 'Society'. It is above all, a family association and has been formed for those of us who feel that this ancient tie is of special interest and value to our modern world.”
The Elliots have existed as a Clan with a recognized Chief at least from the time of King Robert the Bruce (1306-1329) to the present day. Before the Union of the Crowns in 1603, they held that part of the frontier with England known as “The Middle March” — their Chief usually being appointed Captain of Hermitage Castle in Liddesdale, and they became famous as one of the great “riding” clans of the Scottish borders.
Later the Elliots were notable for the part they played as leaders in the expansion of Britain overseas, and in the settlement of the New World, where their independence of character for which the Clan has always been renowned, made them particularly welcome. In the modern world, the Elliots have prospered and the Clan is now widely spread throughout the world.