The first record, for Charles Elliot, may not be for Charles the son of Charles and Lydia; but it is the right location (London) and around the right date. I'm keeping it here while I investigate further. Charles Jr. was one of the only sons that Charles Sr. did not identify by trade in his will.
|1779. Possibly an apprenticeship dues record for Charles Elliot, apprenticing to James Norton, Citizen and Coachmaker of London.|
The records below are reliably ours; we know that William, John and Robert all became curriers.
|1781. William Elliot apprenticeship dues paid to John Halliwell, Citizen and Currier of London. UK, Register of Duties Paid for Apprentice's Indentures, 1710-1811.|
Thomas Burton, Currier, takes on two of the Elliot sons as apprentices in the 1780s. The apprenticeships would have lasted for seven years.
|1783. UK, Register of Duties Paid for Apprentice's Indentures, 1710-1811. Thomas Burton, Citizen and Currier of London, apprentice John Elliot.|
|1785. Freedom of the City of London Paper, for Robert Elliot, son of Charles Elliot in Hayes, Victualler, apprenticing to Thomas Burton of Newport Street, Currier.|
|July 1792. Robert Elliot still apprenticing to Thomas Burton.|
I can't find records for Thomas (who became an organ builder) or Josiah (who ran a public house in Hayes). It's possible that Thomas may have gone overseas to learn his trade. Perhaps Josiah apprenticed with his father Charles?