Elected: 1948
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Sir Maurice Douglas Warburton Elphinstone FRSE
Sir Douglas Elphinstone, actuary and stockbroker, died at Holme Eden Abbey (near Carlisle) on 5 December 1995. He was born on 13 April 1909 in Eynsford, Kent, the eldest son of the Reverend Canon Maurice Elphinstone and Christiana Almond. His childhood was spent in Sowerby Bridge, where his father was Vicar. His mother was the daughter of Dr Almond, Headmaster of Loretto School from 1861 to 1903, and Elphinstone himself was a pupil at Loretto from 1918 to 1928.

As a youngster Elphinstone showed particular ability in mathematics, but his talents did not lie solely in academic fields. He was a keen sportsman, playing fives and being a member of the school First XV. Subsequently, as a young man working in the business world, he continued his sporting activities. Throughout his life he enjoyed hill-walking and was an enthusiastic climber – especially fond of the mountains of the Lake District, which he visited regularly.

In 1928 Elphinstone went up to Jesus College, Cambridge, as a Rustat Exhibitioner. In 1929 he achieved first class Honours in Part I of the Mathematical Tripos and two years later, in Part II, he was classed as a Wrangler. He was elected a Scholar of his college. After graduating from Cambridge, Elphinstone moved to Edinburgh, where he became an actuarial student with the Standard Life Assurance Company. He completed the examinations of the Faculty of Actuaries in the then remarkably short period of three years and was admitted a Fellow of the Faculty in 1934.

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