Clan Elliot Society, USA Page
The Elliot Clan Society is a
worldwide organization, with active branches in
Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United
Kingdom and the United States.
purpose of this Society, which is headquartered in
Redheugh, Scotland is to preserve the history and
traditions of the Elliot Clan, and to promote a spirit
of kinship among its members. In the words of Sir
Arthur, "The tie is essentially a family one,
transcending national boundaries and disregarding
distinctions of age, sex, wealth or status. Thus our
Clan Society is more than a club and more even than what
is generally understood by a 'Society'. It is above all,
a family association and has been formed for those of us
who feel that this ancient tie is of special interest
and value to our modern world."
The Elliot Clan
Society's is also a source of online genealogical
information. With thousands of records to access, we
hope your visit will be enjoyable and that you are
successful in connecting with your Elliot ancestors.
The Clan Elliot Society
The objective of the
Genealogy Project is to help Clan Elliot Society members
in their research by electronically compiling the data
of its members, worldwide. Please be informed that The
Elliot Society does NOT provide "free genealogical
The purpose of this project
The purpose of the genealogy project is
threefold... First to allow Clan Elliot members to
access data that has been complied within this database
and therefore allowing each individual to research their
"genealogical trees". Secondly, it will allow the Elliot
Clan genealogist within other countries to compare and
compile data allowing for a more complete convergence of
genealogy database files in the US and other countries
around the World. And foremost, to be of service to all
Elliot Clan Society members worldwide, thus promoting a
spirit of kinship within all members of our Clan.
Qualification for Membership
(becoming an Clan Elliot Society, USA member)
Any person of Scottish ancestry bearing the name
Elliot in any of its various spellings, including the spouse or descendent of such person,
or any person who would like to be a friend of the Clan Elliot, is welcome to join the Clan Elliot Society, USA.
To join please
fill out the USA
membership form(pdf) and mail it to the address
as instructed on form corresponding to the particular
area you reside in. If you are visiting this site and
are outside the USA, forms may be found on the "Official
ECS Website" at: www.elliotclan.com. For US residents,
please make sure that you send your completed CES USA
membership forms to the Membership/treasurer. Once you
join the Society you will receive periodic newsletters
from the CES USA and our Parent society in Scotland. The
newsletters will inform you of gathering information,
Scottish festivals in your area and other announcements
of importance to our Clan - Furthermore it allow you to
meet other Elliots with similar interests our Scottish
Genealogical Origin of the Elliot's
roots of the Elliot family stem back many centuries...
Many traditions claim and there is much evidence that
supports the fact that the Elliot's are predominately of
ancient Celtic stock. Others attest that the main branch
of the family is directly linked with Kings named
AEthelgeat and AElfweald; One King ruled in Northumbria on
the northeastern coast of England and the other ruled
East Anglia to the South. Still others insist that the
Elliots are from some sources are a "Noble and Ancient
tribe/Clan of Caledonii" (Caledonians) and they fought
alongside Calgacus to help defended Scotland against the
Rome's invading armies.
Whatever the case it is
very clear that this the Elliot Clan or family is of
ancient descent. Perhaps the answer to their origins
lies within the convergence of the disciplines of
Genealogy, Archeology, Anthropology, DNA Research and
the study and various historical accounts that have been
passed down for generations about the Clan.
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The origin of the Elliot Clan
according to tradition is Angus, the River Elliot
runs into the sea near Arbroath. In ancient times
the name was spelled ELLOCH, ELLOTH or ELLOT. The
migration of the Elliot Clan point to the change
in the Lordship of Liddesdale in 1320-1321. Family
tradition says that the Elliots, came from the
north of Scotland from, "the foot of Glenshie in
Angus". The Elliott's were first found in
Liddesdale and Teviotdale Scotland. The Elliot's
held lands in Angus and were were seated from very
ancient times, some say well before the Norman
Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at
Hastings in 1066 AD.
reference", according to the author of the book,
"The Elliots, The Story of A Border Clan", is to
Redheugh itself in 1376. Next, we know from a
Berwickshire Pedigree, of the existence of an
"Elwald of Redheugh" living in the early 1400s, a
man of some consequence. "Robert Elwald of
Redheugh" appears as Chief in 1476. In 1470 he
built a strong tower on a cliff overlooking the
ford on Hermitage Water. This was one of about one
hundred such towers belonging to the Ellots which
were dotted around Liddesdale, which they shared
with the Armstrongs, another of the great Borders
This lack of information can
probably be traced to the destruction of the old
castle at Stobs in a fire in 1712, when all the
family documents, with a single exception, were
burnt. One Pedigree dated c.1704, which had been
kept at Minto, survived.
more about our history...
The Elliot Clan Tartan
is available in both "ancient" and "modern"
versions. The modern and the ancient "Elliot"
tartan" are very similar, but differ slightly in
color's intensity and hue. The ancient tartan is
less bright a representation, as the dyes used
were from plants and berries that were readily
available. The "dark stripes" of the "ancient"
tartan thereby appear to be a dark burgundy or
brown, and the blue is a lighter shade. The
modern version is made with stronger, modern
chemical dyes and thus the result is a much
bolder color. The dark stripes appear almost as
black and the blue can be described as almost a
radiant sapphire. According to legend, the
Countess of Minto chose the modern Elliot
Tartan's colors, as they closely matched the
color of her eyes.
There is a whole array of
Elliot Clan merchandise available including:
Elliot Clan Tartans, toys, Elliot Clan crests,
maps that show Elliot Clan territory, books,
videos and CD's.
The Elliots, "The
Story of A Border Clan"
This book traces
the Eliott's from the time of Robert the Bruce
to the present day. By the sixteenth
century the Border Clans, (of which the Eliott's
were one of), had gained the reputation of being
"...the finest light cavalry in all Europe...".
The book gives fascinating accounts of
contributions made by the Eliott's both in
Scotland and abroad. This work was compiled from
original charters and contemporary records...
After 40 years of research by ( Dora Flournoy
Hopkins, wife)The Dowager Lady Eliott of Stobs
and Sir Arthur Eliott, her son. The book was
published in 1974 in a limited edition of 950
copies by Seeley Service & Co Ltd.
For more infromationabout how to
purchase this book and a complete list of
products currently available and prices just go
to the ECS online store, which is on the
"Official ESC Webpage", at www.elliotclan.com.
The hard-cover edition of
the "The Elliot Book" is no longer avaliable. A
new edition/version will be published in a
couple of years. (paperbacks can still be
purchased at the ECS "Clan Store"). Make sure to
visit page (link above)for more details.