Prof. Thomas Renton Elliott

1877 - 1961

Medical scientist. Born in Willington, County Durham, the son of a shop-keeper, but with Scottish connections, Elliott studied natural sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, specialising in physiology, and joined University College Hospital in 1910. He rose to become the first Professor of Medicine there, noted for his brilliant work on the autonomic nervous system. He went on to become an effective administrator and served three terms on the Medical Research Council.

In 1918, following distinguished service in France during the First World War, Elliott married Martha McCosh in 1918. Her father was a partner in the Gartsherrie Ironworks in Coatbridge. The couple lived on Cheyne Walk in Chelsea, but also commissioned Sir Basil Spence (1907-76) to build Broughton Place in 1937 in the Scottish Borders. Lawyer Archibald, Lord Elliott (1922 - 2008), was their second son.

Elliott retired in 1939 and died at Broughton Place.

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