Thomas Robert Barnewall Elliot
Thomas Robert Barnewall Elliot (c1871-1949) of Clifton Park, Kelso. Bought the 7th automobile imported to the UK and the first in Scotland.
c1871 Born the son of Robert Henry Elliot, (1837-1914), an early British coffee planter in Mysore, India.
1892 Married Rose Joicey
1895 December 27th. Received the first motor carriage in Scotland (the 7th in the UK). Panhard-Levassor 3¾hp (No 596) (French) ex-Works 16.12.1895
1897 Details of his motoring experiences over 1,000 miles. 
1923 Elliot wrote '"I was the first person to own and use a motor car in Scotland, and about the fifth in England. I imported direct from Paris (and first used it in this district on 27th Dec. 1895) a 3.5hp Panhard car: weight, one ton; iron tyres; tube ignition; tiller steering; no radiator. It carried four and had a hood. Speed up to 12 miles per hour; but on steep hills three of the four passengers generally had to get out and walk. On 19th March 1896 I was fined 6d. and 19s. 7d. costs at Berwick for not having a man on foot walking in front of the car. Modern motor cars could only be used legally after Nov.1896, but I ran 1200 miles before this, including a trip to the Highland Show at Perth; the police for this trip undertook not to prosecute unless compelled to do so in the event of any accident being caused by me. The car cost £235 in Paris and cost £10 to bring here in a large wooden case. I sold the car in 1896 and then got in England a 4hp Daimler."'
1949 Novemver 18th. Died.
Sources of Information
- The Early History of Motoring by Claude Johnson
- The Autocar. 9th October 1897
- Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1903