This portrait is one of a set, all by Aikman, depicting the eight members of the Worthy Club. The Worthies met weekly, initially above the Old House Tavern, Leith, and then at Newhall House, south of Edinburgh. Fellow members included Aikman himself, and the poet, Allan Ramsay senior. Aikman also included the landlady of the tavern, Mrs Forbes. Elliot, who studied law at the University of Utrecht, sat as MP for Roxburghshire before pursuing a successful career in the judiciary culminating in his appointment as Lord Justice Clerk. An archetypal Enlightenment man of many interests, he played the flute for the Edinburgh Musical Society and was instrumental in creation of Edinburgh’s New Town.