The Elliots were an important Border family with many branches. The Elliots of Stobs originated in the 16th century. In 1666 George Elliot of Stobs was made a Baronet of Nova Scotia. The youngest son of the 3rd Baronet was General George Elliot, who had a distinguished military career. He was Governor of Gibraltar in 1782 when Spain and France attacked and besieged that fortress. His magnificent defence of "the Rock" against tremendous odds was one of the finest military feats of the time. In 1787 he was created Lord Heathfield, Baron Gibraltar. George Elliot, who descended from the Stobs family, founded the Minto family and was a Lord of Session. His great grandson, Gilbert, was Governor General of India, 180712, and was created Earl of Minto.
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