Andrew Elliot (1728–1797) was a British merchant and official who served as the Acting and last British Governor of New York in 1783.


Andrew Elliot
41st Governor of New York
Acting
In office
17 April 1783 – 25 November 1783
MonarchGeorge III
Preceded byJames Robertson
Succeeded byVacant (American Revolution)
(Title next held by George Clinton)
Personal details
BornNovember 1728
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died25 May 1797
Mount Teviot, Jedburgh, Scotland
ProfessionColonial merchant, official

Elliot was born November 1728 in Edinburgh, the son of Sir Gilbert Elliot, 2nd Baronet of Minto. He was a brother of Gilbert, John, and Jean Elliot. He arrived in Pennsylvania in 1746 as an apprentice and established himself as a trader. In 1762, he was elected a member of the board of trustees of the College of Philadelphia. In 1763, he was appointed collector of the port of New York and receiver general of New York. In 1764 he was appointed to the Province of New York executive council.

During the American Revolution he remained a Loyalist. A few days after the declaration of independence he left New York City for Perth Amboy for his safety. He returned to New York City after the British reoccupation. On 1 May 1777 he was appointed the head of the military court of police and on 17 July the superintendent of all imports and exports. In 1780 he was appointed lieutenant governor of the Province of New York. In 1783 he was part of the delegation that met with George Washington. He was the acting governor from April 1783 to November. Elliot left for Scotland in December 1783.[citation needed] He held no public offices in Scotland and died at home on 25 May 1797 at Mount Teviot, Jedburgh, aged 68.

ReferencesEdit

  • E. Devereux (1887). Andrew Elliot: lieutenant-governor of the province of New York, 1780-1793.
  • Scots and Scots Descendant in America Part I - Scots in the Settlement and Development of The United States Colonial Governors
  • The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 1887
Government offices
Preceded by
James Robertson
Governor of New York
Acting

1783
Vacant
Title next held by
George Clinton