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In Tam Dalyell's obituary of Baroness Elliot of Harwood (5 January) it was stated that her husband Walter Elliot was an auctioneer by profession. While he held a controlling interest in the family auctioneers Lawrie & Symington, he in fact practised as a doctor, and the action he saw in the First World War, as Medical Officer of the Scots Greys, convinced him to go into politics. He was first elected an MP, for Lanark, in 1918.