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(Walter) Archibald (Archie) Elliott


(Lord Elliott)

1922 - 2008

Jurist. Born in London into a family with Scottish roots, he was the son of T.R. Elliott (1877 - 1961) who was first Professor of Medicine at University College Hospital and Martha McCosh, whose family had iron and coal interests in Lanarkshire. Educated at Eton and at Trinity College, Cambridge, Elliott's studies were interrupted by distinguished service in North Africa and Italy during World War II. Thereafter, he completed his degree at Cambridge and enrolled at the University of Edinburgh, not far from where his parents had built a new house, Broughton Place in the Scottish Borders. He qualified both as a Barrister in England and as an Advocate in Scotland, but it was in Scotland he chose to practice. He became noted for his work in planning, resolving conflicts between private and public interests. Elliott was praised for his conduct of the inquiry into the Edinburgh inner ring road in 1967. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1963, President of the newly established Lands Tribunal for Scotland (1971) and as Chairman of the Scottish Land Court in 1978, earning his title Lord Elliott.

He lived at Morton House in Edinburgh and died in a nursing home in Colinton, following a stroke.


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