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Rothes, Earl of (S, 1457/8)

 

Creation: let. pat. ante 20 Mar 1457/8

 

Family name: Leslie later Evelyn-Leslie later Leslie

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Arms of George [Leslie], Earl of Rothes - Stirling Castle

 

Arms:

Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Argent on a Bend Azure three Buckles Or (Leslie);  2nd and 3rd, Or a Lion rampant Gules debruised by a Ribbon Sable (Abernethy)

Crest:

A Demi-Griffin segreant proper

Supporters:

On either side a Griffin proper beaked armed and winged Or

Motto:

Grip Fast

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George [Leslie], 1st Lord Leslie later 1st Earl of Rothes

1st son of Norman Leslie of Rothes, co. Moray, and Ballinbreich, co. Fife, by his wife Christian Seton, dau. of Sir John Seton of Seton

born

mar. (1)

c.1435 Margaret Lundin, dau. of John Lundin of Lundin

only child by first wife

1. Lady Margaret Leslie, mar. Alexander Comyn of Ernside

mar. (2)

Christian Halyburton, only dau. of Sir Walter Halyburton of Dirletoun, by his second wife Lady Isabel Leslie, widow of Alexander [Leslie], 7th Earl of Ross, and 1st dau. by his first wife of Robert [Stewart], 1st Duke of Albany

children by second wife

1. Sir Andrew Leslie, Master of Rothes (dvp. bef. 3 Aug 1473), mar. Lady Elizabeth Sinclair (d. 1508), dau. of William [Sinclair], 3rd Earl of Orkney later 1st Earl of Caithness, by his first wife Lady Elizabeth Stewart, widow of (1) her first cousin once removed John [Stewart], 3rd Earl of Buchan, and (2) Sir Thomas Stewart, styled Master of Mar, illegit. son of Sir Alexander Stewart, jure uxoris Earl of Mar, and only dau. of Archibald [Douglas], 4th Earl of Douglas, by his wife Lady Margaret Stewart, 1st dau. of Robert III, King of Scotland, and had issue:

1a. John Leslie of Balmain (dvp. and sp. bef. 23 Jun 1481), mar. bef. 16 Jan 1477/8 Lady Janet Keith (mar. (2) bef. 23 Jun 1481 Thomas [Stewart], 2nd Lord Innermeath; d. after 18 Jul 1509), 1st dau. of William [Keith], 1st Earl Marischal, by his wife Mariota Erskine, 4th dau. of Thomas [Erskine], 2nd Lord Erskine and de jure 13th Earl of Mar

2a. George Leslie, later 2nd Earl of Rothes

3a. William Leslie, later 3rd Earl of Rothes

2. Lady Elizabeth Leslie (d. between 17 May 1509 and Aug 1511), mar. (1) after 14 Oct 1485 as his second wife William [Hay], 3rd Earl of Erroll, and (2) Sir William Edmondston of Duntreath, and had issue by her first husband

3. Lady Christian Leslie (d. aft. 20 Feb 1491/2), mar. William [Sinclair], 2nd Lord Sinclair, and had issue

mar. (3)

Elizabeth Campbell (d. after 17 May 1491)

died

betw. 31 Aug 1489 and 24 May 1490)

created

1445 Lord Leslie

ante 20 Mar 1457/8 Earl of Rothes

suc. by

grandson

note

 

George [Leslie], 2nd Earl of Rothes

born

mar.

Oct 1492 Lady Janet Scott (widow of David Scott, Yr. of Buccleuch; d. bef. 10 Jul 1494), 5th dau. of George [Douglas], 4th Earl of Angus, by his wife Isabel Sibbald, dau. of Sir John Sibbald of Balgony

only child

1. Hon Walter Leslie, Master of Rothes (dvp. bef. 2 Mar 1506/7)

died

s.p.m.s. betw. 24 Feb 1512/3 and 31 Mar 1513

suc. by

brother

 

William [Leslie], 3rd Earl of Rothes

born

mar.

Margaret Balfour, dau. of Sir Michael Balfour of Monquhanny

children

1. Hon George Leslie, later 4th Earl of Rothes

2. Hon John Leslie of Parkhill, aided in the murder of Cardinal Beaton 1546 (dspm. 1576), mar. betw. 22 Oct 1541 and 10 Jul 1542 Eupheme Moncreiff, 2nd dau. of Sir John Moncreiff, and had issue

3. Hon James Leslie, Minister at Rothes (d. 13 Oct 1576)

1. Lady Grizel Leslie, mar. (1) Walter Heriot of Burnturk, and (2) Henry Wardlaw of Torry

died

9 Sep 1513

suc. by

son

note

killed at the Battle of Flodden 1513

 

George [Leslie], 4th Earl of Rothes, PC

born

mar. (1)

1 Apr 1517 (div. 27 Dec 1520) Margaret Halkerston (widow of William Todrig (d. by 1507) and of George Halkerstoun (k. at the Battle of Flodden 9 Sep 1513), both burgesses of Edinburgh; d. by 1546), illegit. dau. of William [Crichton], 3rd Lord Crichton, by Lady Margaret Stewart, 2nd dau. of James II, King of Scotland

children by first wife

1. Hon Norman Leslie, Master of Rothes, Privy Councillor 1545, main ringleader in the murder of Cardinal Beaton 1546 following which he was imprisoned and his lands forfeited, escaped and fled to France where he distinguished himself in the French service, fatally wounded at the Battle of Renti (dvp. and sp. leg. 15 Sep 1554), mar. after 13 Dec 1546 Hon Isabel Lindsay (mar. (2) c. Nov 1554 William Christison, of Cupar, and (3) John Innes of Leuchars; dsp.), 1st dau. of John [Lindsay], 5th Lord Lindsay of the Byres, by his wife Lady Helen Stewart, 2nd dau. of John [Stewart], 2nd Earl of Atholl

2. Hon William Leslie of Cairney, implicated in the murder of Cardinal Beaton 1546, imprisoned and escaped to France, passed over in his father's settlement of the Earldom of Rothes and unsuccessfully claimed it in 1564 although it was agreed that the Earldom of Rothes should pass to him if his half-brother Andrew died without issue (d. after Mar 1572/3)

3. Hon Robert Leslie of Ardersier and Findrassie, claimed the Earldom of Rothes 1560, Captain of St Andrew's Castle 1565 (b. c. 1519/20; d. 22 Sep 1588), mar. Hon Janet Elphinstone (d. bef. 26 Aug 1588), 4th dau. of Alexander [Elphinstone], 2nd Lord Elphinstone, by his wife Hon Katharine Erskine, dau. of Robert [Erskine], 4th Lord Erskine and de jure 16th Earl of Mar, and had issue

1. Lady Janet Leslie (d. 17 Dec 1591), mar. (1) bef. 11 Mar 1540/1 David Crichton of Naughton (d. c. 1553), (2) bef. 15 May 1557 as his second wife John Grant, 4th of Freuchie (d. 1585), and (3) bef. 6 Aug 1587 Hon James Elphinstone (d. c. 1599), 3rd son of Alexander [Elphinstone], 2nd Lord Elphinstone, by his wife Hon Katharine Erskine, dau. of Robert [Erskine], 4th Lord Erskine and de jure 16th Earl of Mar

2. Lady Helen Leslie (d. 26 Oct 1594), mar. (1) Gilbert Seton, Yr. of Parbroath, and (2) bef. 30 Apr 1567 Mark Ker MP, Commendator of Newbottle, a Lord of Session 1569, Auditor of the Exchequer 1580 (d. 29 Aug 1584), 2nd son of Sir Andrew Ker of Cessford, Warden of the Middle March, by his wife Agnes Sinclair, widow of George Sinclair, Yr. of Rustin, and dau. of Sir Patrick Crichton of Cranstoun Riddell, and had issue by her second husband

3. Lady Margaret Leslie (dsp.), mar. 25 Dec 1575 (div. 1587) as his second wife Archibald [Douglas], 8th Earl of Angus

mar. (2)

bef. 5 Jun 1525 Hon Elizabeth Gordon (widow of John [Lyon], 4th Lord Glamis and also of Alexander [Gordon], 3rd Earl of Huntly;  dsp. betw. 26 Jun 1527 and 4 Oct 1527), 1st dau. of Andrew [Gray], 2nd Lord Gray, by his first wife Janet Keith, only child of Sir Robert Keith, Marshal of Scotland 1444-46, by his wife Janet Seton, dau. of Sir John Seton of Seton

mar. (3)

bef. 29 Jan 1529/30 Agnes Fleming (widow of John [Fleming], 2nd Lord Fleming; d. betw. 18 Aug 1541 and 10 Apr 1543), dau. of Sir John Somerville of Cambusnethan

children by third wife

4. Hon Andrew Leslie of Kilmany, later 5th Earl of Rothes

5. Hon Peter Leslie, Parson of Rothes (d. after 17 Jan 1558/9)

6. Hon James Leslie (d. after 1574), mar., and had issue

4. Lady Euphemia Leslie (d. Apr 1588), mar. (1) bef. 18 Aug 1548 George Learmouth of Balconie (d. Jun 1585), and (2) John Cunningham of West Barns

5. Lady Agnes Leslie (d. after Feb 1593/4), mar. 19 Aug 1554 William [Douglas], 6th Earl of Morton, and had issue

6. Lady Beatrix Leslie, mar. (1) after 14 Mar 1560/1 (div.) David Beaton of Creich, and (2) John Auchmoutie of that Ilk, and had issue by her first husband

7. Lady Elizabeth Leslie, mar. after 1557 Patrick Crichton of Lugton

mar. (4)

bef. 10 Apr 1543 Isobel Lindsey (widow of David [Lindsay], 8th Earl of Crawford;  dsp.), dau. of ..... Lundy

died

28 Nov 1558

suc. by

son by third wife

note

Privy Councillor [S] 1532, a Lord of the Articles and a Lord of Session; an ally of the Earl of Angus in "the English party"; sent to relieve the siege of Linlithgow Castle, where Cardinal Beaton was attempting to capture Queen Mary, but in 1543 he was captured and imprisoned by the Earl of Arran, Governor of Scotland, on the insistence of Cardinal Beaton; took part in the Battle of Ancrum Moor; both his son and brother were involved in the murder of Cardinal Beaton 1546, but he himself was acquitted of any involvement 1547; in 1548 the Earl alienated the Barony of Ballenbreich and also the lands and Barony of Leslie to his lawful son Andrew Leslie and his heirs male (this had nothing to do with the forfeiture of his elder sons but was because his son, Andrew Leslie of Kilmany, and some of his son's maternal relatives had loaned money to the Earl for defending the kingdom against England and, in particular, defending the Sheriffdom of Fife - the transaction was in effect a sale of the Earldom of Rothes to Andrew Leslie of Kilmany, and this was confirmed by the Crown in 1548); Ambassador to Denmark 1549/50; one of the Commissioners sent to France to treat of the Queen's marriage to the Dauphin 1557/8, but on his way home to Scotland after the marriage died of (food?) poisoning at Dieppe; the Earl also left several natural children

 

Andrew [Leslie], 5th Earl of Rothes

born

mar. (1)

16 Jun 1548 Grizel Hamilton (d. betw. Sep 1568 and 1573), dau. of Sir James Hamilton of Finnart (by his wife Margaret Livingstone, dau. of .... Livingstone of Easter Wemyss), illegit. son of James [Hamilton], 1st Earl of Arran, by his mistress Mary Boyd of Bonshaw

children by first wife

1. Hon James Leslie, Master of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife and Provost of Cupar (dvp. betw. Jan and Mar 1607), mar. (1) after 21 Feb 1574/5 Hon Margaret Lindsay (d. c. 1594), only dau. of Patrick [Lindsay], 6th Lord Lindsay of the Byres, by his wife Euphemia Douglas, dau. of Sir Robert Douglas of Lochleven, and had issue:

1a. Hon James Leslie of Ballinbreich (dvp. 1604)

2a. Hon George Leslie (dvp.)

1a. Lady Margaret Leslie (dsp. 12 Jun 1620), mar. John Moray, Minister at Dunfermline, son of Robert Moray of Abercairney

2a. Lady Isabel Leslie (d. after 1625), mar. (1) after 6 Feb 1596/7 Robert Lundie of Newhall (d. Oct 1602), and (2) bef. 1609 Sir George Hamilton of Greenlaw

3a. Lady Euphemia Leslie (d. bef. Jun 1613)

4a. Lady Agnes Leslie (dsp. bef. 24 Feb 1609), mar. after 2 Apr 1605 Andrew Wardlaw, Yr. of Torry

5a. Lady Grizel Leslie (d. 6 Sep 1606), mar. after 27 Oct 1601 as his second wife Alexander [Seton], 1st Earl of Dunfermline, and had issue

The Master of Rothes mar. (2) 1594 Hon Katherine Drummond, 1st dau. of Patrick [Drummond], 3rd Lord Drummond, by his first wife Lady Elizabeth Lindsay, 1st dau. by his second wife of David [Lindsay], 9th Earl of Crawford, and had further issue:

3a. Hon John Leslie, later 6th Earl of Rothes

6a. Lady Jean Leslie, mar. after 25 Jun 1622 Alexander Menzies, Yr. of Weem, son of Sir Alexander Menzies of Weem

2. Hon Patrick Leslie, Commendator of Lindores, later 1st Lord Lindores

3. Hon Sir Andrew Leslie of Lumbanny (d. Mar 1603)

1. Lady Euphemia Leslie (d. after 1605), mar. after 9 May 1573 James [Lindsay], 7th Lord Lindsay of the Byres, and had issue

2. Lady Margaret Leslie (dsp.), mar. 25 Dec 1575 (div. 1587) as his second wife Archibald [Douglas], 8th Earl of Angus

3. Lady Isabella Leslie (d. after 5 Mar 1613/4), mar. 1577 Hon James Sinclair, Master of Sinclair (dvp. 9 May 1593), 1st son and heir ap. of Henry [Sinclair], 5th Lord Sinclair, by his first wife Hon Janet Lindsay, 2nd dau. of John [Lindsay], 5th Lord Lindsay of the Byres, and had issue

mar. (2)

after 3 Oct 1573 Hon Jean Methven (widow of Henry [Methven], 2nd Lord Methven;  dspm. Sep 1591), 1st dau. of Patrick [Ruthven], 3rd Lord Ruthven, by his first wife Janet, said to be illegit. dau. of Archibald [Douglas], 6th Earl of Angus

children by second wife

4. Lady Margaret Leslie, mar. Sir William Cuninghame of Caprington

5. Lady Mary Leslie (dsp. Apr 1605), mar. bef. 1593 as his second wife Robert [Melville], 1st Lord Melville of Moneymaill

mar. (3)

betw. 4 and 24 Nov 1592 Janet Durie, dau. of David Durie of that Ilk

children by third wife

4. Hon George Leslie of Newton (d. Jan 1614)

5. Hon Sir John Leslie of Newton, a Lord of Session 1641, killed at the storming of Dundee by General Monck (d. 1 Sep 1651), mar. after 15 Sep 1603 Hon Elizabeth Gray, 4th dau. of Patrick [Gray], 6th Lord Gray, by his second wife Lady Mary Stewart, 1st dau. of Robert [Stewart], 1st Earl of Orkney, and had issue:

1a. John Leslie (d. 1 Sep 1651), mar. 25 Apr 1550 ..... Hay, 1st dau. of George Hay of Naughton, and had issue:

1b. John Leslie (dsp.)

2a. Maj Andrew Leslie of Quarter (d. 1669), mar. Margaret Balfour (d. bef. 15 May 1676), dau. of Andrew Balfour of Grange, and had issue:

1b. John Leslie of Quarter (d. 29 Jul 1706), mar. ..... Spital, dau. of Alexander Spital of Leuchat, and had issue:

1c. Alexander Leslie, later 6th Lord Lindores

1c. Elizabeth Leslie, mar. her cousin James Spital of Leuchat

2c. Jean Leslie

3a. James Leslie of Lumquhat (d. Oct 1675), mar. Janet Dick, dau. of William Dick of Grange, and had issue:

1b. Capt John Leslie (d. Dec 1714), mar. 14 Jan 1763 Mrs Mary Gibb, Lady Ormeston, and had issue:

1c. John Leslie (d. bef. 30 Jun 1771), mar. Janet Arnot, dau. of James Arnot of Woomylne, and had issue:

1d. John Leslie (b. 1723; d. betw. 30 Jun 1771 and 2 Feb 1774), mar. Antonia Barclay, dau. of John Barclay of Collairnie, and had issue:

1e. John Leslie, later 8th Lord Lindores

2e. David Leslie (drowned at sea)

3e. Norman Leslie (d. young)

1e. Elizabeth Leslie (b. 5 Mar 1745; d. 1802), mar. Capt ..... Hewan

2e. Hughina Leslie (b. 15 Mar 1746; d. 22 Apr 1846)

3e. Jane Leslie (d. an infant)

4a. William Leslie, mar. after 13 Feb 1644 Margaret Leslie, dau. of John Leslie of Myres

1a. Elizabeth Leslie, mar. as his first wife William Dick of Grange, and had issue

2a. Jean Leslie, mar. as his second wife Andrew Dick of Holland, Sheriff of Orkney 1642

6. Hon Robert Leslie (dsp. after 1604)

6. Lady Elizabeth Leslie, mar. (1) after 12 Feb 1608 David Wemyss, Yr of Wemyss (dsp. and vp. Aug 1608), 1st son and heir ap. by his second wife of Sir John Wemyss of Wemyss, and (2) after 17 Feb 1610 as his first wife James [Ogilvy], 1st Earl of Findlater, and had issue by her second husband

died

1611

suc. by

grandson

note

although a younger son, he succeeded to the Earldom of Rothes as a result of his father's effective sale of the Earldom to him, which was not finally settled until 1564/5; even though a Lord of the Congregation, he supported the Queen's party, even after her defeat at the Battle of Langside

 

John [Leslie], 6th Earl of Rothes

born

c. 1600

mar.

after 28 Dec 1614 Lady Anne Erskine (d. 2 May 1640), 2nd dau. of John [Erskine], 18th and de jure 2nd Earl of Mar, by his second wife Lady Mary Stuart, 2nd dau. of Esmé [Stuart], 1st Duke of Lennox

children

1. Hon John Leslie, later 7th Earl of Rothes later 1st Duke of Rothes

1. Lady Mary Leslie, mar. after 24 Dec 1635 as his second wife Hugh [Montgomerie], 7th Earl of Eglinton, and had issue

2. Lady Margaret Leslie (d. Feb 1688), mar. (1) 1636 Col Hon Alexander Leslie, styled Lord Balgonie (dvp. after 12 Jan 1644), 1st son and heir ap. of Alexander [Leslie], 1st Earl of Leven, (2) after 25 Jul 1646 Francis [Scott], 2nd Earl of Buccleuch, and (3) 13 Jan 1652/3 as his third wife David [Wemyss], 2nd Earl of Wemyss, and had issue by each of her husbands

died

23 Aug 1641

suc. by

son

note

Sheriff Principal of Fife bef. 1619; voted against the ratification of the Articles of Perth 1621, being a strong opponent of episcopacy; present at the Convention for Estates 1625; took a leading part in the opposition to the King after 1633; objected to the introduction of the English Prayer Book into Scotland 1637; signed the Covenant 1638 ; a Lord of the Articles 1639; a member of the Committee of Estates 1640; in the Second Bishops' War he was in command of a regiment and and accompanied Alexander Leslie's army across the Tweed 1640; appointed one of the Commissioners for Scots Affairs 1640, when he became popular with King Charles and Queen Henrietta

 

John [Leslie], 7th Earl of Rothes later 1st Duke of Rothes, PC

created

29 May 1680 Lord Auchmoutie and Caskieberrie, Viscount of Lugtoun, Earl of Leslie, Marquess of Ballinbreich and Duke of Rothes, with remainders to the heirs male of his body

 

The Earldom of Rothes was held by the 1st and last Duke of Rothes from 1680 until his death without surviving male issue in the next year, 1681, when the Dukedom of Rothes and other peerages created in 1680 became extinct, and the Earldom of Rothes passed to his elder daughter,

 

Lady Margaret Leslie, suo jure Countess of Rothes

1st dau. and hrss. of line of John [Leslie], 1st Duke of Rothes, by his wife Lady Anne Lindsay, 1st dau. of John [Lindsay], 17th Earl of Crawford

born

mar.

8 Oct 1674 her cousin Charles [Hamilton], 5th Earl of Haddington, son of John [Hamilton], 4th Earl of Haddington, by his wife Lady Christian Lindsay, 2nd dau. of John [Lindsay], 17th Earl of Crawford

children

1. Hon John Hamilton later Leslie, later 9th Earl of Rothes

2. Hon Thomas Hamilton, later 6th Earl of Haddington

3. Charles Hamilton (dvm. young)

1. Lady Anna Hamilton (bapt. 25 Aug 1676)

died

20 Aug 1700

suc. by

son

note

the marriage contract dated 7 Oct 1674 provided that if Lady Margaret inherited her father's earldom, the eldest son of the marriage was to succeed to the Earldom of Rothes, and the second son to the Earldom of Haddington, with the proviso that if there was only one son he was to assume the name of Leslie and arrangements were made for continuation of the succession through daughters if there were no sons; suc. her father as Countess of Rothes 26 Jul 1681 under the terms of the regrant of 1663; her succession was accepted by the Crown but disputed by her cousin John [Leslie], 4th Lord Lindores as heir male ; the matter was remitted by the Privy Council to the Court of Session in 1682 but Lord Lindores did not press his claim any further; in 1684 the Countess executed an entail by which she resigned and granted her estates of the Earldom of Rothes in favour of "herself and Charles, Earl of Haddington, her husband, and the longest liver of them in liferent during all the days of their lifetimes, and to John, Lord Leslie, their son, and the heirs-male or the eldest heir-female to be procreate of his body, whom failing, to the other heirs-male lawfully procreate or to be procreate betwixt the Countess of Rothes and the Earl of Haddington, her husband, and the heirs-male or eldest heir-female lawfully to be procreate of their body, whom failing, to the other heirs-male lawfully to be procreate of the said Countess of Rothes by any other marriage, and heirs-male or eldest heir-female of their body, whom failing, to the eldest daughter or heir-female lawfully procreate or to be procreate betwixt the said Countess and the said Earl, and the heirs-male or eldest heir-female lawfully to be procreate of their body, whom failing, to the eldest daughter or heir-female to be procreate of the Countess by any other marriage, and the heirs-male or eldest heir-female lawfully to be procreate of their body, whom failing to Christian, Marchioness of Montrose, her sister-german, and the heirs-male of eldest heir-female lawfully procreate or to be procreate of her body, the immediate heir-female, failing of the eldest and their heirs, always succeeding successive in all these cases and without division, whom failing, to Mr Francis Montgomerie, brother-german to the Earl of Eglinton, and the heirs-male lawfully procreate or to be procreate of his body, whom failing, to John Leslie of Newtowne, and the heirs-male lawfully procreate or to be procreate of his body, whom failing, to the said Margaret, Countess of Rothes, her nearest and lawful heirs-male whatsomever, whom all failing, to her other heirs and assignees whatsomever heritably, the eldest daughter or heir-female successive always succeeding without division"

 

John [Hamilton later Leslie], 9th Earl of Rothes

bapt.

21 Aug 1679

mar.

29 Apr 1697 Lady Jean Hay (d. 4 Sep 1731), 2nd dau. of John [Hay], 2nd Marquess of Tweeddale, by his wife Lady Mary Maitland, only child by his first wife of John [Maitland], 1st Duke of Lauderdale

children

1. Hon John Leslie, later 10th Earl of Rothes

2. Col Hon Charles Leslie (d. 16 Aug 1769)

3. Capt Hon Thomas Leslie of Stenton MP, Barrack-Master of Scotland, Equerry to the Prince of Wales (d. 17 Mar 1772), mar., and had issue

4. Hon James Leslie of Milndeans, Sheriff Depute of Fife 1748 (d. 24 Sep 1761)

5. Hon David Leslie (b. 26 Sep 1705; d. young)

6. Maj Hon William Leslie (d. 29 Jan 1764)

7. Hon Francis Leslie (b. 20 Jun 1709)

8. Hon Andrew Leslie, Equerry to the Dowager Princess of Wales, claimed the Earldom of Rothes on the death of his nephew the 10th Earl of Rothes but the Court of Session decided in favour of his niece, Lady Jane Elizabeth Leslie, and the House of Lords affirmed the decision in 1774 (b. 4 Aug 1712; d. 27 Aug 1776)

1. Lady Jane Leslie (b. 24 Jun 1707; d. 18 Mar 1771)

2. Lady Mary Leslie (d. an infant)

3. Lady Margaret Leslie (b. 5 Nov 1710; d. 23 Feb 1767)

4. Lady Anne Leslie (b. 9 Sep 1714; d. young)

died

9 May 1722

suc. by

son

note

resigned his rights to his father's Earldom of Haddington in favour of his younger brother, Thomas, 1702; Lord Privy Seal of Scotland 1704-05; a vigorous promoter of the Union between England and Scotland; a Representative Peer for Scotland 1708, 1715 and 1722; sold the estate of Rothes to John Grant of Elchies 1711; Vice-Admiral of Scotland 1715; Lord high Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 1715-21; supported the Government during the Jacobite rising of 1715, being in command of a squadron of Gentlemen Volunteers' Horse at the Battle of Sheriffmuir 1715; Chamberlain of Fife and Strathearn 1716; Captain and Governor of Stirling Castle 1718-22; Sheriff Principal of Fife and Aberdeen 1720-21; Lord Lieutenant of Fife, Kinross and Aberdeen; Provost of Cupar

 

John [Leslie], 10th Earl of Rothes, KT PC

born

c. 1698

mar. (1)

25 May 1741 Hannah Howard (d. 26 Apr 1761), 3rd dau. and cohrss. of Matthew Howard, of Thorpe, co. Norfolk, and Hackney, co. Middlesex, by his wife Britannia Cole, dau. of Thomas Cole

children by first wife

1. Hon John Leslie, later 11th Earl of Rothes

2. Hon Charles Leslie (b. c. 1747; dvp. 18 Aug 1762)

1. Lady Jane Elizabeth Leslie, later suo jure Countess of Rothes

2. Lady Mary Leslie (b. 29 Aug 1753; d. 21 Mar 1799), mar. 5 Nov 1770 William Charles [Colyear], 3rd Earl of Portmore, and had issue

mar. (2)

27 Jun 1763 Mary Lloyd (b. c. 1766; mar. (2) 24 May 1770 Bennet Langton, of Langton;  d. 14 Jan 1820), dau. of Gresham Lloyd, by his wife Mary Holt (later wife of Thomas [Hamilton], 7th Earl of Haddington), dau. of Rowland Holt, of Redgrave, co. Suffolk

died

10 Dec 1767

suc. by

son by first wife

note

Capt of a Troop of Dragoons 1715; Capt and Lt Col, Scots Guards 1717; Lt Col and Capt, Royal Scots Fusiliers 1721; Constable of Stirling Castle 1722; Chamberlain of Fife and Strathearn 1722-27; a Representative Peer for Scotland 1723, 1727, 1747, 1754 and 1761; Col, King's Own Scottish Borderers 1732-45; Brig-Gen 1739; Maj-Gen 1743; present at the Battle of Dettingen 1743; Sheriff of Aberdeen bef. 1744; Col, 2nd Troop Grenadier Horse Guards 1745; Col, 6th Dragoons 1745; fought at the Battle of Roucoux as head of the first line 1746; Lieut-Gen 1745; Col, Royal Scots Greys 1750; Col, Scots Guards 1752-67; Knight of the Thistle 1753; Governor of Duncannon Fort 1754; Lieut-Gen on the Staff in Ireland 1756; Privy Councillor [I] 1756; Commander-in-Chief in Ireland 1758-67; Freeman of Edinburgh 1763; General 1765; Sheriff of Fife

 

John [Leslie], 11th Earl of Rothes

born

19 Oct 1744

mar.

4 May 1768 Jane Maitland (b. 21 Dec 1748; mar. (2) 29 Sep 1774 Hon Patrick Maitland of Freuch and Balbreggan (b. 10 Apr 1734; d. 19 May 1817), 6th son of Charles [Maitland], 9th Earl of Lauderdale;  d. bef. 18 Aug 1817), 3rd dau. of Thomas Maitland of Soutra by his wife Mary Martin, dau. of John Martin of Clermont

died

s.p. 18 Jun 1773

suc. by

sister

note

Ensign, Scots Guards 1760-63

 

Lady Jane Elizabeth Leslie, suo jure Countess of Rothes

born

5 May 1750

mar. (1)

2 Jan 1766 George Raymond Evelyn (d. 22 Dec 1770), 3rd son of William Evelyn-Glanville later Evelyn, of St Clere, co. Kent, by his second wife Bridget Raymond, dau. of Hugh Raymond

only child by first husband

1. Hon George William Evelyn later Evelyn-Leslie, later 13th Earl of Rothes

mar. (2)

30 Oct 1772 Sir Lucas Pepys, 1st Bt., Physician to King George III (b. 24 May 1741; mar. (2) 29 Jun 1813 Deborah Askew, dau. of Dr Andrew Askew by his second wife Elizabeth Holford, dau. of Robert Holford, a Master in Chancery; d. 17 Jun 1830), 2nd son of William Pepys, of London and Ridley Hall, by his second wife Hannah Weller, widow of Alexander Weller and dau. of Dr Nathaniel Russell, of Lewes and Ranscomb Manor, co. Sussex

children by second husband

2. Hon Sir Charles Leslie later Pepys, 2nd Bt. (b. 28 Sep 1774; d. 4 Feb 1833)

3. Rev Hon Sir Henry Leslie, 3rd Bt., Rector of Sheephall, co. Hertford (b. Jul 1781; dsp. 9 Dec 1849), mar. 15 Feb 1816 Elizabeth Jane Oakes (d. 12 Dec 1816), dau. of Rev James Oakes

1. Lady Henrietta Leslie (d. 16 Dec 1839), mar. 29 Nov 1804 as his first wife William [Courtenay], 10th Earl of Devon, and had issue

died

2 Jun 1810

suc. by

son by first husband

 

George William [Evelyn later Evelyn-Leslie], 13th Earl of Rothes

born

28 Mar 1768

mar. (1)

24 May 1789 Hon Henrietta Anne Pelham (d. 29 Nov 1797), 1st dau. of Thomas [Pelham], 2nd Baron Pelham (later 1st Earl of Chichester), by his wife Anne Frankland, only dau. and hrss. by his first wife of Frederick Meinhardt Frankland MP

children by first wife

1. Lady Henrietta Anne Evelyn-Leslie, later suo jure Countess of Rothes

2. Lady Amelia Evelyn-Leslie

3. Lady Mary Evelyn-Leslie

mar. (2)

21 Aug 1798 Charlotte Julia Campbell (d. 21 May 1846), dau. of Col John Campbell of Dunoon, Governor of Chelsea Hospital, by his wife Susanna Lewis, dau. and cohrss. of John Lewis

only child by second wife

4. Lady Charlotte Julia Evelyn-Leslie (dvp. 2 Jan 1802)

5. Lady Elizabeth Jane Evelyn-Leslie (d. 19 Jan 1861), mar. 16 Dec 1830 Maj Augustus Wathen (d. 3 May 1843), only son of Maj ..... Wathen

6. Lady Georgiana Evelyn-Leslie (d. 15 Nov 1814)

died

s.p.m. 11 Feb 1817

suc. by

daughter by first wife

note

a Representative Peer for Scotland 1812-17; Col, Surrey Yeomanry

 

Lady Henrietta Anne Evelyn-Leslie, suo jure Countess of Rothes

born

26 Mar 1790

mar.

1806 George Gwyther later Leslie (d. 24 Mar 1829)

children

1. Hon George William Evelyn Gwyther later Leslie, later 15th Earl of Rothes

2. Hon Thomas Jenkins Gwyther later Leslie (b. 29 Jun 1813; dsp. 13 Jul 1849), mar. 25 Aug 1834 Honora Seward Burrowes (d. 8 Feb 1880), only dau. of Maj Thomas Burrowes, of Stradone house, co. Cavan

1. Lady Henrietta Anne Gwyther later Leslie (b. 31 Oct 1807; dsp. 14 Apr 1832), mar. 16 Nov 1827 Charles Knight Murray, barrister

2. Lady Mary Elizabeth Gwyther later Leslie, later suo jure Countess of Rothes

3. Lady Anna Maria Gwyther later Leslie (b. 19 Jul 1815; d. 18 Feb 1897), mar. 6 Jan 1835 Henry Hugh [Courtenay], 13th Earl of Devon, and had issue

4. Lady Catherine Caroline Gwyther later Leslie (b. 14 Apr 1817; dsp. 11 Jan 1844), mar. 1841 Capt John Parker (d. 1847), 2nd son of Montagu Edmund Parker, of Whiteway, co. Devon, by his wife Harriet Newcombe, dau. of John Newcombe, of Starcross

died

30 Jan 1819

suc. by

son

 

George William Evelyn [Gwyther later Leslie], 15th Earl of Rothes

born

8 Nov 1809

mar.

7 May 1831 Louisa Anderson-Morshead (b. c. 1803; d. 21 Jan 1886), 3rd dau. of Col Henry Anderson later Anderson-Morshead, of Widey Court, co. Devon, by his wife Elizabeth Morshead, dau. and hrss. of Philip Morshead, of Widey Court, co. Devon

children

1. Hon George William Evelyn Leslie, later 16th Earl of Rothes

1. Lady Henrietta Anderson Morshead Leslie, later suo jure Countess of Rothes

died

10 Mar 1841

suc. by

son

note

Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scottish Freemasons 1840

 

George William Evelyn [Leslie], 16th Earl of Rothes

born

4 Feb 1835

died

2 Jan 1859

suc. by

sister

 

Lady Henrietta Anderson Morshead Leslie, suo jure Countess of Rothes

born

6 Feb 1832

mar.

22 Jan 1861 Hon George Waldegrave later Waldegrave-Leslie, Secretary to the Speaker 1858-61, Member of Parliament for Hastings 1864-68 (b. 30 Sep 1825; d. 8 Jul 1904), 3rd son of William [Waldegrave], 8th Earl Waldegrave, by his first wife Elizabeth Whitbread, 1st dau. of Samuel Whitbread MP, of Cardington, co. Bedford

died

s.p. 10 Feb 1886

suc. by

aunt

 

Lady Mary Elizabeth Gwyther later Leslie, suo jure Countess of Rothes

born

9 Jul 1811

mar.

11 Aug 1835 Capt Martin Edward Haworth later Haworth-Leslie (d. 2 Nov 1886), of Borehamwood, Elstree, co. Hertford

children

1. Martin Leslie Haworth later Leslie (b. 12 Mar 1839; dvm. 22 Dec 1882), mar. 10 Jun 1873 Georgina Frances Studdy (d. 29 Jan 1934), 3rd dau. of Capt Henry Studdy, of Waddeton Court, co. Devon, by his first wife Eleanor Francis Holdsworth, 1st dau. of Rev Robert Holdsworth, Vicar of Brixhan, co. Devon, and had issue:

1a. Norman Evelyn Leslie, later 19th Earl of Rothes

1a. Lady Mary Eleanor Leslie, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1898 (b. 18 Oct 1875; d. 20 Feb 1969)

2a. Lady Mildred Emily Leslie, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1898 (b. 22 Dec 1878 ; d. 1971)

3a. Lady Georgina Leslie, granted the style and precedence of the daughter of an Earl by Royal Warrant 1898 (b. 11 Dec 1879; dsp. 6 Jun 1941), mar. 7 Nov 1908 William Blacklock Haden Corser, of Horsham. co. Sussex, son of Haden Corser, of Ingatestone. co. Essex

2. Hon Edward Courtenay Haworth-Leslie (b. 2 Jul 1840; d. 31 Jan 1911), mar. 1 Oct 1890 Caroline Edith Biddulph (d. 10 Mar 1948), yst. dau. of Thomas Tregenna Biddulph, of Earee, Shoalhaven, New South Wales, Australia, and had issue

3. Hon Henry Haworth-Leslie (b. 19 Apr 1845; dvm. 15 Mar 1889)

4. Hon Lydston Horton Haworth-Leslie (b. 2 Sep 1849; dsp. 16 Apr 1890), mar. 28 Jun 1881 Elizabeth Anne Reece (d. 19 Jun 1898), dau. of Robert Reece

5. Hon Raymond Evelyn Haworth-Leslie (b. 11 Aug 1851; d. 14 Jan 1897)

1. Lady Mary Euphrasia Haworth-Leslie

2. Lady Emily Louise Haworth-Leslie (d. 21 Apr 1936), mar. 25 Apr 1871 James Frederick Cherry (d. 1883), and had issue

3. Lady Alice Julia Haworth-Leslie (b. 30 Aug 1843)

4. Lady Grace Haworth-Leslie (b. 30 May 1854; d. 5 Oct 1933), mar. 10 Apr 1876 John Bazley-White MP, of Wierton Grange, Maidstone, co. Kent (d. 9 Feb 1927), and had issue

died

19 Sep 1893

suc. by

grandson

 

Norman Evelyn [Leslie], 19th Earl of Rothes

born

13 Jul 1877

mar.

19 Apr 1900 Lucy Noelle Martha Dyer-Edwardes (mar. (2) 22 Dec 1927 Lt Col Claud Macfie DSO, of Kilmalieu, Ardgour, co. Argyll, 3rd son of William Macfie of Airds;  d. 12 Sep 1956), only child of Thomas Dyer-Edwardes, of Prinknash Park, co. Gloucester, and Charmandean, Broadwater, co. Sussex

children

1. Hon Malcolm George Dyer-Edwardes Leslie, later 20th Earl of Rothes

2. F/Lt Hon John Wayland Leslie RAFVR (b. 16 Dec 1909; d. 1991), mar. 5 Jul 1932 Coral Angela Pinckard (d. 2002), 1st dau. of George Henry Pinckard, of Combe Court, Chiddingford, co. Surrey, and had issue

died

29 Mar 1927

suc. by

son

note

Lieut, 4th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment 1896-99; 2nd Lieut, 6th Volunteer Battalion, Black Watch 1905; Capt, Fife Royal Garrison Artillery 1905-09; a Representative Peer for Scotland 1906-23; Lt Col, Highland Cyclist Battalion; served in World War I

 

Malcolm George Dyer-Edwardes [Leslie], 20th Earl of Rothes

born

8 Feb 1902

mar.

17 Jul 1926 Beryl Violet Dugdale (d. 1994), only dau. of James Lionel Dugdale, of Crathorne Hall, Yarm, co. York, by his wife Maud Violet Woodroffe, 2nd dau. of George William Plunkenett Woodroffe

children

1. Hon Ian Lionel Malcolm Leslie, later 21st Earl of Rothes

1. Lady Jean Leslie CBE (b. 26 Aug 1927), mar. 26 Apr 1949 Roderick Robin Mackenzie, of Kingfisher House, Ampfield, co. Hampshire, only surv. son of Capt Roderick Kilgour Mackenzie, of Kincraig, co. Ross

2. Lady Evelyn Leslie (b. 11 Mar 1929), mar. 14 Jul 1949 Gerard William Mackworth-Young, of Fisherton Mill, Fisherton de la Mere, co. Wiltshire (b. 10 Oct 1926; d. 1984), 2nd son of Gerard Mackworth Young later Mackworth-Young CIE, by his wife Natalie Leila Margaret Hely-Hutchinson, 2nd dau. of Rt Hon Sir Walter Francis Hely-Hutchinson GCMG, and has issue

died

7 May 1975

suc. by

son

note

a Representative Peer for Scotland 1931-58

 

Ian Lionel Malcolm [Leslie], 21st Earl of Rothes

born

10 May 1932

mar.

8 Jul 1955 Marigold Evans Evans-Bevan, only dau. of Sir David Evans-Bevan, 1st Bt., of Margram, Port Talbot, co. Glamorgan,  by his wife Eira Winifred Glanley, 1st dau. of Sidney Archibald Glanley

children

1. Hon James Malcolm David Leslie, later 22nd Earl of Rothes

2. Hon Alexander John Leslie, Master of Rothes, heir presumptive to the Earldom of Rothes, of Whitefield House, Letham, Cupar, Fife (b. 18 Feb 1962), mar. (1) 24 Feb 1990 Tina L Gordon, dau. of Dr T E Gordon, of Orlando, Florida, USA, and (2) 21 Aug 2008 Francesca Clare MacManaway (former wife of Michael John MacManaway)

died

15 Apr 2005

suc. by

son

 

James Malcolm David [Leslie], 22nd Earl of Rothes

born

4 Jun 1958

 

The heir presumptive to the Earldom of Rothes is Hon Alexander John Leslie, Master of Rothes, second son of the 21st Earl of Rothes and brother of the present Earl

 

 Last updated 21 Oct 2008

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Titles:

22nd Earl of Rothes

(Scotland, let. pat. ante 20 Mar 1457/8)

22nd Lord Leslie

(Scotland, let. pat. 1445)

 

Address:

Littlecroft, West Milton, Dorset DT6 3SL

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