Edward Hay Mackenzie Elliot

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Elliot in 1897

Major Edward Hay Mackenzie Elliot (30 November 1852 – 5 December 1920) was a British soldier who served as Private Secretary to David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow while he was Governor of New Zealand in the 1890s. He twice played football for Scotland in the unofficial international matches in 1871 and 1872.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Elliot was born at Vizagapatam, India, the son of Walter Elliot (1803–1887), the Scottish naturalist, and Maria Dorothea Hunter Blair (c.1816–1890).[2][3] His mother was the daughter of Sir David Hunter-Blair, 3rd Baronet.[4]

Elliot was educated at Windlesham House School, near Washington, West Sussex and Harrow[5] from January 1867 to Easter 1870.[6][7]

Football career[edit]

Elliot played football for Harrow Chequers, before joining the Wanderers club, making his debut for them in a 5–0 victory over Forest School on 28 November 1871. He continued to appear regularly for the Wanderers over the next two years, with his final game coming on 22 March 1873.[6] In the 1873 "Football Annual", he was described as "a truly ponderous fellow but successful as a dribbler withal; has been known to kick a goal."[6]

He was selected to represent Scotland in the representative matches against England on 18 November 1871 and 24 February 1872, playing as a forward in the first match, won 2–1 by England,[8][9][10] and as a back in the second match, which England won 1–0.[11][12][13]

Later in life, he also played cricket for the Marylebone Cricket Club, making four listed appearances between June 1897 and August 1903.[14]

Military and political career[edit]

He enrolled with the Dumfries, Roxburgh, Kirkcudbright and Selkirk (Scottish Borderers) Militia in May 1873.[15] He joined the regular army as a lieutenant in the 82nd Regiment in 1874.[5] He was promoted to captain in 1884 and in 1888, he was transferred to the 40th, later South Lancashire Regiment. His final promotion came in 1894 to the rank of major.[5]

In March 1894, he succeeded Colonel Patrick Boyle, the son of the Earl of Glasgow, as private secretary and ADC to the Governor in New Zealand.[5][16] He retired on 25 January 1899.[17]

Later career[edit]

On 27 September 1905, he married Edith Margaret Crawford, the daughter of Rev. J.C. Crawford, of Coulsdon, Surrey; they had no children.[2] By now resident in England, he was a Fellow of the Royal Colonial Institute.[18]

During the Boer War, he was a commandant of Prisoners of War.[6][7]

He returned to New Zealand in 1907 when he visited the cadet camp at Hagley Park, Christchurch during the International Exhibition when he praised the discipline and appearance of the cadets.[19]

In 1892, he became the 6th Laird of Wolfelee on the death of his brother, James.[20] He became a Justice of the Peace for Roxburgh.[6][7]

In 1912, he sold the family home "Wolfelee House" at Bonchester Bridge, Roxburghshire.[2] He died on 5 December 1920; at the time of his death, he was resident at "Springfield", Breinton, Herefordshire.[21]


  1. ^ "EHM Elliott". Scotland international footballers. London Hearts. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Edward Hay Mackenzie Elliot". genealogy.links.org. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sir Walter Elliot". genealogy.links.org. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Maria Dorothea Hunter Blair". genealogy.links.org. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d "The Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Wellington Provincial District)". Victoria University of Wellington. June 1892. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Cavallini, Rob (2005). The Wanderers F.C. – "Five times F.A. Cup winners". Dog N Duck Publications. p. 89. ISBN 0-9550496-0-1. 
  7. ^ a b c Welch, Reginald Courtenay (1894). "The Harrow School register, 1800–1911". p. 393. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "England 1 Scotland 1 (sic)". England unofficial matches. englandfootballonline. 18 November 1871. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "England 2 Scotland 1". Scotland international matches. londonhearts. 18 November 1871. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Match report". londonhearts. 18 November 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "England 1 Scotland 0". England unofficial matches. englandfootballonline. 18 24 February 1872. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ "England 1 Scotland 0". Scotland international matches. londonhearts. 24 February 1872. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Match report". londonhearts. 24 February 1872. p. 3. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Other Matches Played by EHM Elliot". cricketarchive. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "No. 23983". The London Gazette. 3 June 1873. p. 2684. 
  16. ^ "Vital Statistics". Evening Post. 9 March 1894. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "No. 27045". The London Gazette. 24 January 1899. p. 461. 
  18. ^ "Proceedings of the Royal Colonial Institute". The Royal Colonial Institute. 1906. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "The Cadet Movement – High Praise from a Soldier". Papers Past. 24 April 1907. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "The Elliots of Wolfelee". The Ellot Clan. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "No. 32315". The London Gazette. 6 May 1921. p. 3706. 

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