Aristocratic deaths, September, 2005



The 6th Earl of Minto, OBE, JP, DL, Vice Lord Lieutenant, Borders
Region [Roxburghe, Ettrick & Lauderdale], 1992-2003, died 7 September,
2005. He was aged 77.

Lord Minto was the 6th Earl (created 1813); a Baronet (created 1700);
Baron Minto (created 1797); and Viscount Melgund (created 1813).

Gilbert Edward George Lariston Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, was born 19
June, 1928, son of the 5th Earl of Minto, by his wife Marion, OBE (she
died 1974), daughter of G.W. Cook, of Montreal.

He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Career:-->served in Malaya 1949-51; was ADC to the Commander-in-Chief,
Far East Land Forces, 1951, to the Chief of the Imperial General Staff,
1953-55, to HE The Governor and C-in-C of Cyprus, 1955; transferred to
Regular Army Reserve of Officers, 1956; Lieutenant, Queen's Body Guard
for Scotland [Royal Company of Archers]; Director, Noel Penny Turbines
Ltd, 1971-92; Regional Councillor [Hermitage Division], Borders Region,
1974-80, 1986-96; Convenor, Borders Regional Council, 1990-96;Member of
the Executive of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, 1990-96;
Deputy Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, 1975-81; Property
Commissioner for Local Government in Scotland, 1995-98; President,
South of Scotland Chamber of Commerce, 1980-82; President since 1987 of
the Scottish Council on Alcohol, &c.

Lord Minto, of Minto, Hawick, Scotland, was appointed MBE (Mil) 1955;
OBE 1986. He served as a JP for Roxburghshire from 1961; Deputy
Lieutenant for the Borders Region [Roxburgh, Ettrick & Lauderdale] from
1983; &c. He succeeded to the peerages and baronetcy on the demise of
his father, 1975.

The Earl was twice married thrice, firstly, in 1952, to Lady Caroline
Child-Villiers (from whom he obtained a divorce in 1965) daughter of
the 9th Earl of Jersey; secondly, in 1965, to Mary Elizabeth (b. 29 Dec
1936; died 24 Jan 1983), daughter of Peter Ballantine, of Gladstone,
New Jersey, United States; thirdly, in 1991, to Mrs Caroline Larlham.

He is survived by his 3rd countess and by a son and a daughter from the
first marriage. The son, Gilbert Timothy George Lariston, styled
Viscount Melgund, born 1 Dec, 1953, now succeeds to the peerages &
baronetcy.

The funeral takes place on Monday, 12 September, 2005 at Minto Parish
Church, Nr. Hawick, Scottish Borders.


Source: Daily Telegraph 09 Sep 2005

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