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Sir Charles Abraham Elton, 6th Baronet (31 October 1778 – 1 June 1853) was an English officer in the British Army and an author.

Sir Charles Abraham Elton
Born(1778-10-31)31 October 1778
Died1 June 1853(1853-06-01) (aged 74)



Charles was eldest of three sons of the Rev. Sir Abraham Elton, 5th of the Elton baronets, by Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Durbin, alderman of Bristol, and was born at Bristol on 31 October 1778. He was educated at Eton, and at the age of fifteen received a commission in the 48th Regiment of Foot, in which he rose to the rank of captain. He served with the 4th Regiment of Foot in the Flanders Campaign under Frederick, Duke of York. He was afterwards lieutenant-colonel of the Somersetshire Militia. On the death of his father (23 February 1842) he became 6th baronet.[1]

Elton was a man of cultivated tastes,[1] who was friends with Charles Lamb and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.[2] He was a strong whig, and spoke at the Westminster hustings on behalf of Samuel Romilly and John Hobhouse; but latterly he lived much in retirement at his house, Clevedon Court. He died at Bath on 1 June 1853.[3]


Elton's published works were:[1]

  1. Poems, 1804.
  2. Remains of Hesiod, translated into English verse.
  3. Tales of Romance, and other Poems, including selections from Propertius, 1810.
  4. Specimens of the Classical Poets in a chronological series from Homer to Tryphiodorus, translated into English verse, 1814 (with critical observations prefixed to each specimen; reviewed in the Quarterly Review, xiii. 151-8).
  5. Remains of Hesiod, translated... with notes, 1815 (by C. A. E.)
  6. Appeal to Scripture and Tradition in Defence of the Unitarian Faith (anon.), 1818.
  7. The Brothers, a Monody [referring to the death of his sons], and other Poems, 1820.
  8. History of Roman Emperors, 1825.
  9. Δεύτερας Φροντιδες. Second Thoughts on the Person of Christ... containing reasons for the Authors Secession from the Unitarian Communion and his adherence to that of the Established Church, 1827.


Elton married in 1804 Sarah, eldest daughter of Joseph Smith, merchant of Bristol, by whom he had five sons and eight daughters.[1]

The two eldest sons were drowned in 1819, while bathing near Birnbeck Island, Weston-super-Mare.[4] The third, Arthur Hallam Elton (born 19 April 1818), succeeded to the baronetcy, and died 14 October 1883. The fifth son, Rev. Henry George Tierney Elton, was Vicar of West Hatch, Somerset, and married Georgina Flora Willis, dying in 1905 having had issue. His seventh daughter, Mary Elizabeth, married a distant relative, Frederick Bayard Elton, of the Madras civil service, youngest son of Isaac Elton, of Stapleton House, Gloucestershire,[5][6] and was mother of Charles Isaac Elton (an M.P. and author of Origins of English History).[1] The eighth daughter, Jane Octavia, married William Henry Brookfield.[7] Elton's sister, Julia Maria, married Henry Hallam the historian.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Vian 1889, p. 337.
  2. ^ Taylor 2004.
  3. ^ Vian 1889, p. 337 cites Foster's and Burke's Baronetages.
  4. ^ Sly, Nicola (2010). A grim almanac of Somerset. Stroud: History Press. p. 84. ISBN 9780752458144.
  5. ^ AJ staff 1839, p. 248.
  6. ^ Lundy 2011 cites: (Mosley 2003, p. 1319)
  7. ^ Webb 2008.


  • AJ staff (1839). "Marriages 5 March". The Asiatic journal and monthly register for British and foreign India, China and Australasia. 28. Allen. p. 348.
  • Lundy, Darryl (25 October 2011). "Frederick Bayard Elton".
  • Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage (3 volumes). 1 (107th ed.). Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books). p. 1319.
  • Taylor, D. J. (2004). "Brookfield , Jane Octavia (1821–1896)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/56277.
  • Webb, R. K. (January 2008) [2004]. "Elton, Sir Charles Abraham, sixth baronet (1778–1853)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/8766.

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