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Written by Margaret C
(9/1/2013 3:33 a.m.)
The Fourth Baronet (and after S&S's publication, first Earl of) Minto was an Elliott/Eliot/Ellot of Roxburgshire, from that border clan who from Flodden to the Glorious Revolution made the Hatfields and McCoys look united and neighbourly in comparison. After 1797(when he went from being Sir Gilbert Elliott to Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, the Lord Minto)the correct form of address for his wife would be Baroness Minto, not Lady Elliott, but Robert Ferrars does not give "my friend Elliott" a title, and makes a solecistic point of dropping Lord Courtland's title to show what an old friend he is, as well.
The 13th Lord Grey was also a Scottish peer. He committed suicide in 1807, apparently after being unlucky in love, but he was not married and had no progeny in real life.
The Dennys were a Pict clan, that settled in Lancashire and Ireland as well as (apparently) Islay. There was a Bennet clan on the Lancashire border as well.
There was a real Colonel Forster in charge of the Cumberland militia, who spent 1810-12 serving in Scotland, not Hertfordshire (At least half of all the milita seemed to be massed at Ayrshire or on the border during that time, presumably that was where the Luddite unrest was, or was expected to be).
There was a Scottish Captain Maxwell, who served gallantly in the Navy, but never became an admiral.
The maiden name (Ross) of Lady Stornaway and Mrs Fraser are also an old Scottish clan.
The only Carterets I could find that seemed relevant to Persuasion were a Jersey family with strong naval connections(Philip Carteret, the first governor of New Jersey was part of this clan). To the best of my knowledge, they have no Scottish claims.
Northanger Abbey: I have not really looked at the names in NA, or picked up any Scottish connections, apart from the Scotch firs.
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