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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Scott Elliot
SCOTT ELLIOT, Maj Gen James (1902-1996)
Created 1942-1949
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1902; educated at Wellington College and Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned into the King's Own Scottish Borderers, 1923; served with 2 Bn, King's Own Scottish Borderers, in Egypt, Hong Kong, Shanghai and India, 1923-1932; Lt, 1925; Adjutant, 2 Bn, King's Own Scottish Borderers, 1929-1932; transferred to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) and promoted Capt, 1935; temporary Staff Capt, Malta, 1935-1936; graduated from Staff College, Camberley, 1938; General Staff Officer 3, Scottish Command, 1939; served in World War Two, 1939-1945; Maj, 1940; Bde Maj, 154 Bde, 51 (Highland) Div, France, 1940; awarded OBE, 1940; temporary Lt Col, 1941; Commanding Officer, 6 Bn, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's), converted into 93 Anti-tank Regt, Royal Artillery, Tunisia, 1942-1943; Commanding Officer, 8 Bn, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's), Tunisia, Sicily and Italy, 1943; awarded DSO, 1943; commanded 17 Indian Bde, 8 Indian Div, Italy, 1943-1944; temporary Brig, 1944; awarded Bar to DSO, 1944; commanded 167 (London) Bde, 56 Div, Italy, 1944-1946; awarded CBE, 1945; commanded 130 Bde, Germany, 1946; commanded 13 Bde, Trieste, 1946-1947; Deputy Director of Military Training, War Office, 1948-1950; Second in Command, 51 (Highland) Div, 1950-1952; Maj Gen, 1953; General Officer Commanding 51 (Highland) Div and Highland District, 1952-1956; awarded CB, 1954; Col, King's Own Scottish Borderers, 1954-1961; retired 1956; Councillor, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire County Council, 1958-1967; President, Dumfries and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, 1962-1965; Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries, 1962-1967; Member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1965-1967; Member of the British Society of Dowsers, 1966-1975; died 1996. Publications: Dowsing, one man's way (Spearman, Jersey, 1977)

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Dowsing, one man's way (Spearman, Jersey, 1977)

Presented to the Centre by Scott-Elliot in 1981. Copies of papers relating to the campaign in France, 1940, and operations in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1945 were made by the Centre from originals lent by Scott-Elliot in 1981.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to the campaign in France, 1940, including copy of typescript War Diary, written by Scott Elliot, of 154 Infantry Bde, 1-30 Jun 1940, on the withdrawal and evacuation of 'Ark Force' from Cherbourg, 15 Jun 1940, and copy of typescript 'ARK Force Operation Order No 2', 11 Jun 1940. Papers relating to Sicily and Italy, 1943-1945, including copy of typescript War Diary, written by Scott Elliot, Commanding Officer, 8 Bn, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's), on the attack on Centuripe, Sicily, Aug 1943, with typescript retrospective account entitled '8 Bn The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders at Centuripe' [1947]; typescript account by Scott Elliot on operations of 167 (London) Infantry Bde, Italy, Sep-Oct 1944; copy of typescript memorandum by Maj Gen John Yeldham Whitfield, General Officer Commanding 56 (London) Div, Italy, entitled 'Battle absentees', Apr 1944, with typescript article by Scott Elliot entitled 'The 5th casualty: battle absentees' [1947]; copy of part of map of northern Italy, entitled 'Coriano', scale 1: 50, 000 [1945]; typescript of 'Operations of British, Indian and Dominion Forces in Italy, 3 Sep 1943-2 May 1945. 56 (London) Div', with maps, prepared by the British Historical Section, Central Mediterranean Forces [1945]; typescript account by Capt Close Brooks, Adjutant, 7 Bn, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, entitled 'Anzio beach-head' [1946]. Typescript lecture notes by Scott Elliot entitled 'The mental training of the soldier' [1949].

System of arrangement

5 files

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
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Decorations: CB, CBE, DSO

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Armed forces
  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Maps
  • Military organizations
  • Nonfiction
  • Organizations
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • War diaries
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Brooks, Close, fl 1946, Captain
  • Whitfield, John Yeldham, 1899-1971, Major General

Corporate names

  • British Army


  • Anzio, Italy
  • Centuripe, Sicily, Italy
  • Cherbourg, France

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