Famous Elliots

Arthur J. Elliot II, Lt. Cmdr. / USS Elliot (DD 967)
Known as “Jack Elliot” by his friends, he had a warship named after him for his heroic deeds.
Check out the Web site for the USS Elliot, and its namesake.

Baroness Elliot of Harewood (1903-1994)
Wife of Walter Elliot and one of the first female life peers.

Bill Elliott
Of Dawsonville, Georgia, USA. Champion NASCAR Racing Driver, took his first win at Riverside California in 1983. In 1988 took the NASCAR championship.

Bob Elliott, Tank Commander, Canadian Army, 19th Field Regiment
As printed in the Calgary Herald, Nov 12, 2003
The scratchy wool coat waits for remembrance at the Olds Legion. It’s hard to believe this coat, sewn during the Second World War from a Canadian Army blanket, was one of the most precious Christmas gifts ever received by one little Dutch girl.

Denholm Elliott (1922 – 1992)
Born May 31, 1922 in London, England and died October 6, 1992
in Ibiza, Spain. He was educated at Malvern College and RADA, London.
Films include Trading Places (1983), A Room With a View (1985), Raiders
of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
(More info on Wikipedia)

George Elliot
As Governor of Gibraltar, conducted the heroic and successful defence of the Gibraltar Rock when it was besieged by Franco-Spanish forces in 1779.

Gilbert Elliot, First Earl of Minto
(1751 – 1814)
A notable Governor-General of India in the early 19th century.
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Gilbert Elliot, Fourth Earl of Minto
(1845 – 1914)
Remembered in the sporting world for having broken his neck riding in the Grand National. He recovered without any lasting effects, and was Governor-General of Canada (1892-1904) and was then Viceroy of India (1905 – 1910).
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Henry Charles Furzer (Hank) Elliot, Colonel, D-Day Veteran, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, First Battalion (April 12, 1921 – October 24, 2003)
Colonel HCF Elliot spent many years as the Canadian President of the Elliot Clan Society. His tireless dedication and passion will be greatly missed.

J.D. Elliott
Second Regiment Texas Volunteers of Sam Houston’s Army in the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836 the deciding battle of Texas Independence. Elected captain of a company of dragoons-September 19, 1836.
“Heroes of San Jacinto.”

James F. Elliott
Company A of Sam Houston’s Army in the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836 the deciding battle of Texas Independence.
“Heroes of San Jacinto.”

Jean Elliot of Minto (1727 – 1805)
Author of the best version of all of the traditional song The Flowers of the Forest, published in 1776, commemorating the Battle of Flodden in 1513. Jean was the third daughter of Sir Gilbert Elliot of Minto.

Jerry Chris Elliott
Mr. Elliott served as a physicist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for over 40 years. During his meritorious career, he is a distinguished recipient of the the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for duties as the lead Retrofire Officer at NASA Mission Control Center during the aborted Apollo 13 space mission with safe return of the flight crew. He was also instrumental in the first landing of mankind on the moon, July 20, 1969.

Joel Elliott, Major, United States Calvary Officer (???? – 1868)
The only Texas fort in the panhandle, known as Cantonment (est. 1875). Located in the North Fork of the Red River and was later changed to Fort Elliott in memory of Major Joel Elliott, an officer killed in battle with the indians in Indian Territory (OK) in February 1868. Wheeler County, Texas.

John Eliot, Sir, ‘the Patriot’ (1592 – 1632)
Played a pivotal role in the downfall of Charles I and the rise of English Democracy.

John Peter Elliott
John Peter Elliott of Ottawa, Ontario is well known throughout the Ottawa Valley as being a prominant member of our region. He has been a founding member, director, president and consultant for the following organisations; Winterlude (with the worlds longest skating rink), The Canadian Tulip Festival, The Manotic Antique and Classic Boat Society,The Steam Boat Floatilla, The Mississippi Lake Assoc. and many more.
— Don Lane

Middleton S. Elliott, Surgeon
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty during engagements of Vera Cruz on 21 and 22 April 1914. Surgeon Elliott was eminent in the efficient establishment and operation of the base hospital, and in his cool judgment and courage in supervising first-aid stations of the firing line and removing the wounded. By his inspiring valor, steadfast perseverance, and selfless dedication to duty, Surgeon Elliott reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

“Old Man Elliott”
My gg-grandfather, “Old Man Elliott”, had the distinction of becoming the first casualty of the Meeker Massacre in Colorado. His death, after fighting the Ute Indians so that the rest of the family could escape, was recounted in papers throughout the state and he has become a legend in the family for being one of the original settlers in the area.
— Laura Clifford

Pierre Elliott Trudeau
(1919 – 2000)
Fifteenth Prime Minister of Canada. His mother was an Elliott, and he spoke publicly about his pride in his Scottish roots. He also visted Redheugh with his boys. The Elliotts are one of only two Scottish Clans that can claim to have provided Canada with a prime minister and a Governor General (the other is the Campbells — Kim Cambell and the Marquess of Lorne).
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Robert M. Elliot, Air Force Colonel
No. 195-M
The remains of an American serviceman previously unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial in the United States.

Roger Elliott, Major General (16??-1714)
Half-brother of Alexander Spotswood, Governor of Virginia. 1683 Ensign in Tangier Regiment of foot (2nd Queen’s) – equivalent to 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry 1687/11/?? Already 1st Lieutenant of Grenadiers in Earl of Bath’s regiment of foot.
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Sam Elliott (1944 – )
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Thomas Stearns Eliot (T.S. Eliot) (1888 – 1965)
An Anglo-American poet, critic, dramatist, and editor, Thomas Stearns Eliot was a major innovator in modern English poetry, famous above all for his revolutionary poem The Waste Land (1922). (More info on Wikipedia)

Walter Elliot (1888 – 1958)
One of Scotland’s great 20th-century politicians, helped to save the blazing medieval Westminster Hall when the House of Commons was bombed in 1941.
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William Eliot, 2nd Earl of St Germans (April 1, 1767 – January 19, 1845)
Known as William Elliot until 1823, was a British diplomat and politician.
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William Greenleaf Eliot (1811 – 1887)
An American educator, Unitarian clergyman, and civic leader in Missouri. He is most famous for founding Washington University in St. Louis.
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Places or things

Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada. Visit their Web site.
Elliott, Arkansas
Elliott, Illinois
Elliott, Indiana
Elliott, Iowa
Elliott, Maryland
Elliott, Missouri
Elliott, North Carolina
Elliott, North Dakota
Elliott, Oklahoma
Elliott, South Carolina
Elliott, Washington
Elliott Crossroad, Ohio
Elliott Knob, Virginia
Elliott Bay, Washington

11 Responses to Famous Elliots

  1. Bruce W Turcic May 10, 2019 at 1:11 pm #

    Hello, I am researching my family history. I found in the 1880 US census that my Great Grandfather, James Albert McHale, was living with his sister and brother-in-law, Annie McHale Elliot and George Elliot. Can anyone help me to make connections as to the Elliots? Your help is greatly appreciated.

  2. Aaron Elliott March 19, 2019 at 10:44 am #

    The Elliott Brothers Steel Company of New Castle, Pennsylvania was formed in 1893 by brothers Noah Elliott (GG Grandfather) and George Elliott and was open for more than 100 years. In 1943 they, along with their peer company Blair Strip Steel, produced all the steel pennies in the U.S. during WWII.

    Corporal Franklin Maynerd “Bud” Elliott of New Castle, Pennsylvania (cousin of my Grandfather Thomas) was killed while storming the beach in Normandy during WWII. He was one of the names honored during the anniversary ceremony under President Bill Clinton. My grandfather used to joke that he was so strong he would try and flip over the coils of steel at the mill which they worked at as kids.

    Thomas Cook Elliott (Grandfather) attended Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania and fought throughout Africa and Europe in WWII. He became president of Elliott Brothers Steel Company. He was very adventurous and philanthropic throughout his lifetime. After the war, He bought a BMW motorcycle and rode it across Europe with my Grandmother Mary. They would later ski all the popular mountains through Europe, Canada and the US before having 7 children and a huge extended family. In the 60s, they turned their backyard into a full scale baseball field for all the neighborhood kids to play in.

    Brothers Noah Elliott and Dustin Elliott (1st cousins) both attended The Naval Academy on scholarship in the early 2000s, both were successful linebackers on the football team winning various awards. Dustin once won the “Chevrolet Player of the Game”.

  3. Darren Elliott August 18, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

    William Elliott born 1764 in Augusta along with William Gay and Mr Blackburn were the first to survey and explore many parts of what is now Kentucky long before Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett . The party consisted of only the 3 men and was a hazardous mission due to the hostile Indians.

  4. Terry Elliott March 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

    An addition for the places.Lady Elliot island off Australia.Discovered in 1816 by Thomas
    stuart aboard the vessel Lady Elliot.Built in Bengal and named after the wife of Hugh Elliot
    colonial governor of India.Was actually wrecked on the reef on a return journey from Sydney.The reef is called Lady Elliot reef !

  5. Sarah Horniman March 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    After many escape attempts, my grandfather, Major Harold Alfred Venn Elliott (Harry) made a home run from Colditz by faking a duodenal ulcer.

    • Graham Elliott August 30, 2014 at 9:32 am #

      I was at Colditz a couple weeks ago and took a picture of Harry if your interested I can send to you .

  6. christine watson March 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Please could anyone give information on Lieutenant Commander William Elliot, younger son of either 4th or 5th Earl of Minto, died in submarine accident during 2nd World War. He was married to my late father’s cousin, Jean Paton, born Perth, Scotland but living in Whitley Bay, Northumberland, UK when they married in W.Bay. Interested in service record etc. Many thanks

    • Doug June 26, 2016 at 6:57 am #

      William Alexander Elliot was a Lieut Commander on board the HMS Mashona when he died. He has been based in Shanghai from 1923 and signed up in Hong Kong when war started. The Mashona was sunk in May 1941 by the Luftwaffe. Jean Maud Bennett Paton was awarded an MBE the next year were her service as a WREN. (She went by the name Pat or Patricia) In 1949 she re-married to Sir Allan Mossop, the form judge of the British Supreme Court for China in Shanghai. Mossop’s wife had died that year. Jean is buried with Mossop in Cape Town South Africa. (more details are on findagrave.com)

  7. Paige Fontaine September 30, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    My 6th Great-grandfather, Richard Elliott, was born en route to America from Ireland. He was a famous Indian fighter and pioneer in the Cowpasture region of Augusta, Virginia. His daughter,Isabella Elliott (along with her husband, Col. John Haddon) were some of the first white people in Indiana Territory.

  8. Paige Fontaine September 30, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    My GGGGG Grandfather, George William Elliott, who came to the United States from Leicestershire, England. He fought in the Texas Revolution with Capt. Steward’s volunteers and provided his blacksmithing services for the Battle of Velasco. He also operated an important ferry at Elliotts, near Bay City, Texas.

  9. Alan Strange December 3, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    Famous Elliot’s….my G/G/G/Grandfather Sir William Elliot, KCB, KCH,KTS,R.N.
    Captain William Elliot, Royal Navy, was an extraordinary man, he rose from humble beginnings to be friends with the Kings of England and Portugal. He became Captain of the senior Flag Ship in Plymouth. He was undoubtedly one of the outstanding figures of the 19th century Royal Navy.