In Ancient Times…

The Elliots were one of the most active, most powerful and most notorious of the Scottish Border clans. These days, Elliots can be found in almost every country in the world; we’ve also become a little less rambunctious. Travel this website to learn more about the Elliots and their colourful past.

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Spring 2014 Newsletter

The Spring 2014 newsletter from Scotland is now available. Some of this issue’s features include: The Breton Story – Part II Minto House From the Air The Battle of Rattlin’ Roarin’ Willie Gibraltar Connections And more…. To read this issue in detail or access back issues, visit the online newsletters.

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Chief Margaret Eliott to Visit Atlanta, USA

Chief Margaret Eliott will be GUEST OF HONOR at the 41st Stone Mountain Highland Games (SMHG), October 18-20, 2013 near Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

There is a sense of history to the occasion as the Elliot Clan USA was founded at Stone Mountain in 1977 when Chief Margaret’s father, Sir Arthur Eliott, was Guest of Honor.

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Curse of the Border Clans

The Curse of the Border Clans

The Elliots were one of the great border clans, also known as reivers. The reivers were such a problem throughout the Borders that even the church became involved in their bloody wrangles. In 1525 they had become such a nuisance that the then Archbishop of Glasgow, Gavin Dunbar, put a curse up all the reivers […]

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Spring 2013 Newsletter

The Spring 2013 newsletter from Scotland is now available. Some of this issue’s features include: Information on the 2013 Gathering. The Flowers of the Forest. The Battle of Flodden, 1513. The Cycling Elliotts musical act. And more…. To read this issue in detail or access back issues, visit the online newsletters.

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Autumn 2012 Newsletter

The Autumn 2012 newsletter from Scotland is now available. Some of this issue’s features include: The border reivers and their way of life. Some updated background on the ‘Elliot’ version of the name. The Minto War Memorial. A biography of Stephen Elliott, 1771-1830 And more…. To read this issue in detail or access back issues, visit the online […]

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Pewter model of a border reiver

The Reivers and Their Way of Life

The necessary allegiance to family and the constant state of war and turmoil along the Border shaped the everyday lives of the people. Living depended largely on livestock rather than crops, and their agricultural system followed a regular pattern. Raiding took place all year round, but it was more popular from autumn to spring when the nights were longer and time was’nt devoted to growing crops.

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Spring 2012 Newsletter

The Spring 2012 newsletter from Scotland is now available. Some of this issue’s features include: Information on the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. A brighter outlook for Fatlips Castle. An update from our Clan genealogist. An article on the Elliott Brothers factory in 1895. And more…. To read this issue in detail or access back […]

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August 2011 Society Newsletter

The Autumn 2011 newsletter from Scotland is now available. Some of this issue’s features include: Thirlwall Castle, built in the early part of the 14th Century with stones plundered from Hadrian’s Wall. Launceston Elliot: Britain’s first Olympic champion. The Reivers Exhibition at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle. To read this issue in detail or access back […]

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Border Reivers Exhibition

TULLIE HOUSE MUSEUM, Carlisle 1st April 2011. Speech made by Margaret Eliott launching the new Reivers Exhibition. Ladies & Gentleman I am an Eliott. The 29th Chief of the Elliots to be exact and you have been kind enough to invite me here to Carlisle. I have a feeling that in the 15th & 16th […]

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