Sir Gilbert Elliot, 2nd Baronet, of Minto

Sir Gilbert Elliot, 2nd Baronet, (of Minto) (c.  1693 – 16 April 1766) was a Scottish lawyer, politician and judge from Minto in the Scottish Borders. He was the oldest son of the judge Sir Gilbert Elliot, 1st Baronet, of Minto (c. 1650–1718).[1] From 1763 until his death 3 years later, he was Lord Justice Clerk, the second most senior judge in Scotland.

Sir Gilbert Elliot

Personal details
Bornc. 1693
Died16 April 1766
Spouse(s)Helen Stewart
ParentsSir Gilbert Elliot, 1st Baronet, of Minto

Elliot studied law at the University of Utrecht and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1715.[1]

He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Roxburghshire from 1722 to 1726[1] He was also an eager agriculturist, and was one of the members of an Edinburgh "committee of taste for the improvement of the town." He was a keen supporter of the Hanoverian succession, in opposition to Jacobitism.[2]

In June 1726 he was made a judge of the Court of Session, taking the judicial title Lord Minto. He became a Lord of Justiciary in 1733 and in 1761 Keeper of the Signet. In 1763 he was promoted to Lord Justice Clerk.[3]

In 1718 he married Helen Stewart, the daughter of Sir Robert Stewart, 1st Baronet, who had been a member of the pre-union Parliament of Scotland.[1] He was survived by nine children, including:[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Simpson, J. M. (1970). R. Sedgwick (ed.). "ELLIOT, Sir Gilbert, 2nd Bt. (c. 1693–1766), of Minto, Roxburgh". The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715–1754. Boydell and Brewer. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  2. ^   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Elliot, Gilbert (1693-1766)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  3. ^ a b Blackie, Jane. "Elliot, Sir Gilbert, second baronet, Lord Minto". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/8659. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Douglas
Member of Parliament for Roxburghshire
Succeeded by
Sir Gilbert Eliott, 3rd Bt, of Stobs
Legal offices
Preceded by
Lord Justice Clerk
Succeeded by
Lord Glenlee
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by
Gilbert Elliot
(of Minto)
Succeeded by
Gilbert Elliot