Sidney Buller-Fullerton-Elphinstone, 16th Lord Elphinstone

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The Lord Elphinstone
Lord Elphinstone Vanity Fair 1911-05-31.jpg
Elphinstone as caricatured in Vanity Fair in May 1911.
Born Sidney Herbert Buller-Fullerton-Elphinstone
(1869-07-27)27 July 1869
Died 28 November 1955(1955-11-28) (aged 86)
Title 16th Lord Elphinstone
Children Hon. Mary Elphinstone
John Elphinstone, 17th Lord Elphinstone
Hon. Jean Wills
Hon. Andrew Elphinstone
Hon. Margaret Rhodes
Parent(s) William, Lord Elphinstone
Lady Constance Murray

Sidney Herbert Buller-Fullerton-Elphinstone, 16th Lord Elphinstone and 2nd Baron Elphinstone, KT FRSE FRSGS (27 July 1869 – 28 November 1955) was a Scottish nobleman.


Lord Elphinstone's bookplate, engraved by Charles William Sherborn

The son of William, 15th Lord Elphinstone and Lady Constance Murray (daughter of the Earl of Dunmore) he was born at Carberry Tower south-east of Edinburgh.[1]

Sidney was educated at Marlborough College and succeeded his father in 1893.[2]

Lord Elphinstone was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1923 and 1924, Lord Clerk Register of Scotland and Keeper of the Signet from 1944 until his death. He was invested as a Knight of the Thistle in 1927[3] and was Chancellor of the Order from 1949. He was Captain General of the Royal Company of Archers from 1935 until 1953 and was Governor of the Bank of Scotland 1924–1955.[2]

In 1938 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE). His proposers were Hugh Macmillan, Baron Macmillan, Sir Thomas Henry Holland, James Pickering Kendall and James Watt.[4]

The Lord Elphinstone died on 28 November 1955, aged 86.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Lord Elphinstone married Lady Mary Bowes-Lyon, sister of the Queen Mother, on 24 July 1910 in Westminster. The couple had five children:

Scrap book[edit]

Lord Elphinstone's Scrap book, which is held in the Mary Ann Beinecke Decorative Art Collection at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library, provides a list of the clans of Scotland with the badges of distinction used by them. This rare book includes textile samples of clan tartans along with watercolour illustrations of clan flowers. Elphinstone was at one time a Trustee and Commissioner of Manufacturers in Scotland. The Scrap book can be viewed in the Digital Collections of the Clark Library.



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Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Mar
Lord Clerk Register
Succeeded by
The Duke of Buccleuch
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Mar
Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle
Succeeded by
The Earl of Airlie
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
William Buller-Fullerton-Elphinstone
Lord Elphinstone
Succeeded by
John Elphinstone
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Buller-Fullerton-Elphinstone
Baron Elphinstone
Succeeded by
John Elphinstone