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Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 2nd Earl of Minto

Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 2nd Earl of Minto, GCB, PC (16 November 1782 – 31 July 1859), styled as Viscount Melgund between 1813 and 1814, was a British diplomat and Whig politician.

The Earl of Minto

First Lord of the Admiralty
In office
15 September 1835 – 30 August 1841
MonarchWilliam IV
Queen Victoria
Prime MinisterThe Viscount Melbourne
Preceded byThe Lord Auckland
Succeeded byThe Earl of Haddington
Personal details
Born(1782-11-16)16 November 1782
Died31 July 1859(1859-07-31) (aged 76)
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Mary Brydone (d. 1853)
EducationEton College
Alma materSt. 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.[1] He was educated at Eton and St John's College, Cambridge.[2]

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.[3]

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.[3] His influence in the Whig party was partly because his daughter, Lady Frances, was the wife of Lord John Russell.[4]


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.[1] The eldest of Lord Minto's daughters, Lady Charlotte (died 1899), married the Conservative MP Melville Portal.[5]


  1. ^ a b Gilbert Elliot, 2nd Earl of Minto.
  2. ^ "Elliot, Gilbert (ELT803G)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ a b Henry, D.G., "Elliot Murray Kynynmound, Hon. Gilbert (1782-1859), of Minto, Roxburgh.", The History of Parliament
  4. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Minto, Earls of" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 18 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 563.
  5. ^ "Death Of Sir Gerald Portal". The Times. London. 26 January 1894. pp. 3, col F.

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