Arthur Elliot (politician)

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The Honourable
Arthur Elliott
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
10 April 1903 – 9 October 1903
Monarch Edward VII
Prime Minister Arthur Balfour
Preceded by William Hayes Fisher
Succeeded by Victor Cavendish
Personal details
Born 17 December 1846
Died 12 February 1923 (1923-02-13) (aged 76)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Unionist
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Trinity College, Cambridge

Arthur Ralph Douglas Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound (17 December 1846 – 12 February 1923), known as Arthur Elliot, was a British journalist and Liberal Unionist politician.

Background and education[edit]

Elliot was the second son of William Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 3rd Earl of Minto, and his wife Emma Eleanor Elizabeth (née Hyslop). Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto, was his elder brother and the Honourable Hugh Elliot his younger brother.[1] At age four his leg was amputated as the result of a fall. He was educated at Edinburgh University and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2]

Political career[edit]

Elliot was elected to the House of Commons for Roxburghshire in 1880 as a Liberal,[3] and held that seat until 1892, having joined the Liberal Unionists when the Irish Home Rule split the Liberal Party in 1886. After his defeat by the Liberal candidate at the 1892 general election, he did not stand again in Roxburghshire, and at the 1895 general election he stood in the City of Durham, losing by only 3 votes to the sitting Liberal MP, Matthew Fowler. After Fowler's death in 1898, Elliot won the resulting by-election, though with a margin of only 65 votes.[4]

He was re-elected in Durham at the 1900 general election with a much bigger majority, but his support of free trade then brought him into conflict with the Durham Constitutional Association (the local Conservative and Liberal Unionist organisation), some of whose members were backing John Waller Hills as an alternative for the next election. Elliot resigned from the Durham Constitutional Association in February 1905, and contested the general election in January 1906 as a "Free Trade" Liberal candidate, with the support of the local Liberal Association. In a straight contest between Elliot and Hills (who had been adopted as the Conservative and Liberal Unionist candidate), Hills took the seat with 60% of the votes.[4] He served briefly as Financial Secretary to the Treasury under Arthur Balfour between April and October 1903. Apart from his political career he was also editor of the Edinburgh Review.


Elliot married Madeline Harriet Dagmar, daughter of Sir Charles Lister Ryan, in 1888. They had two sons, of whom only the youngest reached adulthood. Madeline died in January 1906. Elliot remained a widower until his death in February 1923, aged 76.[1]


  1. ^ a b Arthur Ralph Douglas Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound
  2. ^ "Elliot, the Hon. Arthur Ralph Douglas (ELT863AR)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 603. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  4. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 108, 560. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir George Scott-Douglas, Bt
Member of Parliament for Roxburghshire
Succeeded by
Mark Francis Napier
Preceded by
Matthew Fowler
Member of Parliament for Durham
Succeeded by
John Waller Hills
Political offices
Preceded by
William Hayes Fisher
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
April–October 1903
Succeeded by
Victor Cavendish