Arthur C. Elgin, 76, a retired attorney in the Washington area who specialized in probate law and was active in church affairs, died Nov. 22 at the Potomac Valley nursing home in Rockville. He had Parkinson's disease.

He began the practice of law here in the late 1930s. He was a partner in the Washington firm of Jackson, Campbell & Parkinson for seven years before retiring in 1976.

Mr. Elgin, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in New York City and moved with his family to Poolesville at an early age. He was a graduate of Poolesville High School, St. John's College in Annapolis and George Washington University's law school.

He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Washington where he served on the vestry and was church registrar during the 1950s. He was a member of the St. Andrew's Society and a charter member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Rossmoor Lions clubs. He also was a member of the Parkinson's Society of Greater Washington.

Survivors include his wife, the former Ellen Allnutt, of Silver Spring; three sons, Arthur C. Jr., of Gaithersburg, Laurence A., of Alexandria, and Clifford T., of Louisville, Ky.; two brothers, John E., of Gaithersburg, and Charles W., of Poolesville, and five grandchildren.