Alison Elliot CBE FRSE (born 27 November 1948) is the Associate Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2004 she became the first woman ever to be elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. An elder and session clerk at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, she was also the first non-minister to hold this post since George Buchanan in 1567.
|Born||27 November 1948|
|Occupation||academic session clerk|
|Known for||first woman elected as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland|
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
University of Sussex
|Institutions||University of Lancaster|
University of Edinburgh
Background and education
Her professional career is in psychology, but her public profile has been chiefly through her church work. She was Research Associate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh 1973–1974, then lecturer in psychology at the University of Lancaster 1974–1976 and at the University of Edinburgh 1977–1985. She is the author of two publications: Child Language (1981) and The Miraculous Everyday (2005).
She served as Convener of the Committee on Church and Nation of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 1996–2000, as well as Session Clerk at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh. She was involved in building ecumenical relations, and was a member of the Central Committee of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) 2003-2009 (and also moderated CEC's Assembly held in Lyon, France, in July 2009). She played a key role in Action of Churches Together in Scotland. In 2004 she was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the first woman to be elected to that post. The OBE was conferred upon her for her ecumenical work.
In 2018 she became General Secretary of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, of which she has been a Fellow since 2008.
She is married to John (Jo) Elliot; they live in Edinburgh. They have a daughter Christina, and a son Johnny.
In 2004 the Scottish National Portrait Gallery commissioned a portrait of Elliot by Jennifer McRae.
- Roy, Christopher D. (2006). Who's Who in Scotland (2006 ed.). Ayr: Carrick Media. ISBN 0-946724-56-3.
- "Elliot, Dr Alison Janet, (born 27 Nov. 1948), Associate Director, Centre for Theology and Public Issues, Edinburgh University, since 2001; Convener, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, 2007–13", Who's Who, Oxford University Press, 1 December 2007, doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u44338, retrieved 28 June 2019
- "[eb|url=https://www.rse.org.uk/about-us/our-people/%7Ctitle=People%7Cdate=2016-07-26%7Cwebsite=The Royal Society of About This Artwork: Jennifer McRae: Alison Elliot, b. 1948. Moderator Elect of the Church of Scotland]". Edinburgh, Scotland: National Galleries of Scotland, retrieved online August 29, 2018.
- "New Moderator Installed as General Assembly of Church of Scotland Begins". Edinburgh, Scotland: BBC News Scotland, May 18, 2013.
- "First Woman Moderator to receive one of Scotland’s highest honours for public service". Edinburgh, Scotland: The Church of Scotland, December 5, 2016.
- The Grange Newsletter (broadsheet) May 2016
- "About This Artwork: Jennifer McRae: Alison Elliot, b. 1948. Moderator Elect of the Church of Scotland".
- General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
- List of Moderators of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
| Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland