Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 2nd Earl of Minto
The Earl of Minto
|First Lord of the Admiralty|
15 September 1835 – 30 August 1841
|Monarch||William IV |
|Prime Minister||The Viscount Melbourne|
|Preceded by||The Lord Auckland|
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Haddington|
|Born||16 November 1782|
|Died||31 July 1859(aged 76)|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Brydone (d. 1853)|
|Alma mater||St. John's College, Cambridge|
Background and educationEdit
Minto was the eldest son of the Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 1st Earl of Minto, and Anna Maria, daughter of Sir George Amyand, 1st Baronet. He was educated at Eton and St John's College, Cambridge.
Diplomatic and political careerEdit
Minto was returned to Parliament for Ashburton in 1806, a seat he held until 1807, and then represented Roxburghshire between 1812 and 1814. He took a dim view of the Prince Regent and his government. The latter year he succeeded his father in the earldom and took his seat in the House of Lords. He was admitted to Privy Council in 1832.
From 1832 to 1834 he was Minister to Prussia. In 1835 he was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty under Lord Melbourne, a post he held until 1841, and later served as Lord Privy Seal under Lord John Russell from 1846 to 1852. In his youth, Elliot had gone to Corsica where his father was viceroy and he developed an abiding affection for Italy. He served as special envoy to Switzerland, Sardinia, Tuscany, Rome, Sicily in 1847-8. His influence in the Whig party was partly because his daughter, Lady Frances, was the wife of Lord John Russell.
Lord Minto married Mary, daughter of Patrick Brydone, in 1806. They had at least five sons and five daughters. Their second son the Hon. Sir Henry Elliot was a diplomat while their third son Sir Charles Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound was an Admiral of the Fleet. Lady Minto died in July 1853. Lord Minto survived her by six years and died in July 1859, aged 75. He was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, William. The eldest of Lord Minto's daughters, Lady Charlotte (died 1899), married the Conservative MP Melville Portal.
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- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica. 18 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 563. .
- "Death Of Sir Gerald Portal". The Times. London. 26 January 1894. pp. 3, col F.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Minto
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Hugh Inglis, Bt
| Member of Parliament for Ashburton
With: Walter Palk
Lord Charles Bentinck
| Member of Parliament for Roxburghshire
Sir Alexander Don, Bt
| British Minister to Prussia
Sir George Shee, Bt
The Lord Auckland
| First Lord of the Admiralty
The Earl of Haddington
The Earl of Haddington
| Lord Privy Seal
The Marquess of Salisbury
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
| Earl of Minto