Name: Walter Elliot ELLIOT
Given Name: Walter Elliot
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Birth: 19 SEP 1888 in Markgreen House,Lanark (Lanarks) Scotland
Death: 8 JAN 1958
Walter's bithdate is hard to find (Kelly's directory left it a dash at first, later inserting 1888). Served RAMC in Great War. Member of Parliament (Conservative & Unionist) for Lanark division of Lanarkshire from 1918. His first wife died 9 days after the marriage in 1919.
Change Date: 12 AUG 2005 at 09:58:16
Rt. Hon. Walter Elliot of Harwood, C.H., F.R.S. (1888-1958), the son of a tenant farmer and auctioneer who had bought the estate towards the end of his life.
Walter Elliot studied medicine at Glasgow University and served as a Doctor with the Royal Scots Greys in the First World War, winning the Military Cross and Bar. He was successively M.P. for Lanark, the Scottish Universities and Kelvingrove, and held office in turn as Minister of Agriculture (1932-36), Secretary of State for Scotland (1936-38) and as Minister of Health, also responsible for Local Government (1938-40). As Secretary of State he helped Scotland emerge from the Great Depression, the Queen Mary being built in Clydebank for the Cunard Line largely during his term of office. As Minister of Health he was responsible for organising the evacuation of about two million children from London and other cities to the countryside. Along with other Tories, he left the Government in 1940 to make way for the influx of Labour and Liberal Ministers in Churchillís coalition, but remained a highly respected backbencher until his death in 1958, also serving as Rector of Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities and as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (1956, 1957). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1935 and was made a Companion of Honour in 1952.
Elliot was a friend and supporter of the filmmaker John GRIERSON. A www.scran.ac.uk photograph shows John Grierson holding an informal meeting with Walter Elliot, Baroness Elliot of Harwood and OH Mavor. The group knew each other from Glasgow University, and had remained friends. Meetings such as this were a common way for Grierson to work, as he believed that much more was achieved in informal meetings of a few people brainstorming, than in a regulated environment. Grierson was working with Elliot at the time, as he was chairman of the Empire Marketing Board's film committee, and later with the GPO unit. Walter Elliot' was involved with 'Drifters'. 'O'er Hill and Dale' was directed by Basil Wright for the EMB film unit in 1932. The film was to tell the story of Walter Elliot's sheep farm in the Borders. It was one of the key group made by the EMB called the 'Imperial Six'. These films were widely shown, and built the foundations of the reputation of the EMB. Later, in 1948, Elliot as Lord Rector of Glasgow University conferred an honorary doctorate on Grierson.
Elliot also backed Scots architects The Scottish Pavilion South was a landmark of the Art-Deco ensemble designed by Basil Spence, Jack Coia and other bright young Scots architects under Tommy Tait's leadership for the Scottish Historical exhibition of 1936 which was organised by Walter Elliot. "Never a dull moment and never an angry word" remembered his widow -- he was the ideas man of Scottish politics, and Secretary of State from 1935 to 1938. He was, like Tom Johnston, a great 'doer' -- he left behind him the Scottish Economic Committees, the Scottish Special Housing Association, and Film of Scotland. Meeting the young Communist Hamish Henderson at the Paris exhibition of 1937 he made out the case for Glasgow outdoing Paris, which it probably did.
Father: William ELLIOT b: 31 AUG 1859 in Galashiels,Selkirk,Scotland
Mother: Ellen Elizabeth SHIELS b: 17 MAR 1859 in Lauder,Berwick,Scotland
Katharine TENNANT b: 15 JAN 1903