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The Leslie Family: Hungary to Ireland (12th Century - 2003)
Posted by: Turtle Bunbury (ID *****8502) Date: November 06, 2003 at 08:15:52
  of 1862

The following pedigree is based on Burke's Peerage 1959 with the exception of the original Bartholomew of Lesleyn Castle.

Leslie Family Pedigree

1.       Bartholomew (Bartolf) Ladislaus, Knight Templar, of Lesleyn Castle, Hungary, Lord Chamberlain to Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland.

2.       Malcolm, son of Bartolf, was in the 12th century Constable of the Castle of Inverury in the Garloch which he held for David, Earl of Huntingdon, and the office continued to be held by his descendents. His great-grandson was:

5.       Sir Norman Leslie acquired Fythkill in fife, afterwards called Leslie, circa 1282 and was father of:

6.       Sir Andrew Leslie m. Mary, dau and co-heiress of Sir Alexander Abernethy of Abernethy with whom he got Ballinbreich in Fife and Cairnie in Forfar. He had issue:

i.       (7) Sir Andrew Leslie (1325 – 1353), father of (ia) Sir Andrew Leslie (1353 – 1398). This last Sir Andrew had a son, (8) Sir Norman Leslie, to whom his father resigned part of his estates (Dunlopy, Lour, Ballinbreich, Cushny and Rothynorman), reserving his own life rent and who dsp. In 1391, having had a son (9) (Sir) David Leslie, believed to have been killed in the Holy Wars, Sir Norman, supposing his son to be dead, entailed the estates on his cousin, Sir George Leslie (ancestor of the Earl of Rothes), a settlement ratified by the Crown in 1390. In 1398, about the time of Sir Norman’s death, David returned home and claimed possession of the estates. He died 1439 leaving a daughter (11) Margaret Leslie who inherited the original Leslie property and married Alexander Leslie of the Balquhain branch and was ancestress of the Leslies of Garioch.

ii. Norman Leslie, Deputy Chamberlain of Scotland. M. Margaret, granddaughter and heiress
of Alexander of Lamberton, dsp.

iii.       ______ Leslie, ancestor of the Earls of Rothes. His name has been lost but his son Sir George Leslie (whose inheritance was foiled by the return of David the Crusader) somehow acquired Rothes in Moray (either by marriage, succession or purchase) and m. Elizabeth, dau of Sir Thomas Hay of Erroll, Constable and granddaughter of Robert II. Sir George died in 1411. His grandson, George Leslie, was made a Lord of the Parliament as Lord Leslie of Leven in 1445, then created 1st Earl of Rothes and, on 20th March 1455557-8, had his estates in the sheriffdoms of Aberdeen, Elgin, Perth and Fife united into the Barony of Ballinbreich. His descendents Norman and William Leslie were both implicated in the murder of Cardinal Beaton (29 May 1546). John Leslie, 7th Earl and 1st Duke of Rothes, carried the sword at the coronation of Charles II in 1650 and was taken prisoner at Worcester. He was one of the most distinguished statesmen of his day, raised to the Duchy of Rothes on 29 May 1689

iv.       Walter, Earl of Ross. By marriage with the Countess Euphemia, grandmother of the Nun-Countess Euphemia and mother of Margaret through whom the Lords of the Isles were recognized as in right to the Earldom of Ross.

v.       Sir George Leslie of Balquhain, ancestor of the Leslies of Wardis and Glaslough.

7.       Sir George Leslie of Balquhain, founder of the celebrated Leslie family of Wardis & Glaslough, was the youngest son of Sir Andrew Leslie, 6th of that ilk, in Aberdeen. The lands of Balquhain are said to have been erected into a barony by Charter from David II in 1340. Sir George died circa 1351, succ by his son:

8.       Sir Hamelin Leslie of Balquhain, d. 1378, succ by his son:

9.       Sir Andrew Leslie of Balquhain, Master of the Horse in the Royal Army at Harlaw, 1411, who fell in a feud with the clan Forbes, 22 Jan 1420, when succ by his eldest son:

10.       Sir William Leslie of Balquhain, Bailie of the Regality of Garioch, m. (1) Elizabeth, dau of 1st Lord Lovat, by whom he had two sons, Sir William Leslie of Balquhain, ancestor of the Barons Balquhain, Counts Leslie of the Holy Roman Empire, and William Leslie of Kincraigie. Sir William m. (2) Agnes, dau. of Sir Alexander Irvine, 5th of Drum, and by her had three sons – Alexander Leslie (of whom presently), George Leslie of New Leslie and Thomas Leslie, Minister of Kingussie. Sir William m. (3) Euphemia, only child of the Hon. William Lindsay of Cairney and by her had two sons – David Leslie, 1st Baron Pitcople, and James Leslie, 2nd Baron Pitcople.

11.       Alexander Leslie, 1st of Wardis, Comptroller of the Household to James II, obtained Balcomie in Fife by marriage with Isabel Lauder and d. 1500, leaving issue:

12.       William Leslie of Wardis, falconer to James VI, married Janet, dau of Robert Innes of Innermarkie and by her had, with others, two sons John Leslie and George Leslie of Crichie. The latter (who was Bishop Leslie’s uncle) married Jane, dau of Sir James Crichton of Frendraught. Their eldest son John (ie: 1st cousin of Bishop Leslie) was created a Baronet as Sir John Leslie, 1st Bart, on 1st Sept 1625 and married into the Gordon family. He died in 1640. The early death without issue of his son Sir John Leslie, 2nd Bart, in 1645 meant the title passed to the 1st Bart’s brother, Sir William Leslie, 3rd Bart (ie: also a 1st cousin of Bishop Leslie) but Sir William’s children died without issue male and the title fell dormant until reassumed in 1800 by a descendent of his younger brother Norman.

13.       George Leslie of Crichie, father of Dr. Leslie, Bishop of Raphoe.

14.       Bishop John Leslie of Lesley, founder of the Glaslough branch of the Leslie family in Ireland, son of George Leslie of Crichie, 2nd son of William Leslie of Wardis, Falconer to James VI. He was born in the north of Scotland and educated first at Aberdeen and then at Oxford, of which he was Doctor of Divinity (DD). Of this distinguished Divine there is an interesting account in Sir James Ware’s History of Ireland, edited by Harris. He was consecrated 1628 as Bishop of the Isles in Scotland from whence he was translated to Raphoe, 1633, and thence to the see of Clogher, 17 June 1661. He died at his seat at Castle Lesley, otherwise Glaslough, 4 Sept 1671. His Lordship married Katherine, dau of Alexander Conyngham, Dean of Raphoe. His 2nd son and successor:

15.       Rev. Charles Leslie, MA, of Glaslough, Chancellor of the Cathedral of Connor 1686 (see Cotton’s Fasti Ecclesicae Hiberncae). Born 17th July 1650 (thus direct contemporary of John McClintock of Trinta, 1649 - 1707). Married Jane, dau of Very Rev Richard Griffith, Dean of Ross, and d. 13 April 1722, leaving a son and successor.

16.       Robert Leslie of Glaslough, m. 1730 Frances, 4th dau of Stephen Ludlow, and d. 17th Dec 1743 having had (with a dau Annabella who m. Robert Leigh of Rosegarland, Co. Wexford) a son and successor.

17.       Charles Powell Leslie of Glaslough, MP for Co. Monaghan, m. (1) 22 May 1765, Prudence Penelope, dau. of 1st Viscount Dungannon, sister of Anne, Countess of Mornington and aunt of 1st Duke of Wellington. They had two sons:

i.       Colonel Charles Powell Leslie, his heir.

ii.       Rt. Rev. John Powell Leslie, DD, b. 12th Oct 1772, consecrated Bishop of Dromore 1812 and translated to see of Elphin 1820. In 1841, the sees of Kilmore and Ardagh were united to Elphin. His Lordship m. 8 Aug 1808 Isabella (d. 10 Nov 1830), 2nd dau. of Hon. Rt. Rev. Thomas St. Lawerence, Bishop of Cork & Ross. And d. 22 July 1854, leaving issue.

CP Leslie m. (2) 9 May 1785 Mary Anne (d. March 1830), dau and heiress of Rev. Joshua Trench of Bryanstown, Co. Wexford and by her had issue:

iii.       Rev. Edward Leslie, Bachelor of Divinity (BD), Christ Church, Oxford, Treasurer of Dromore Cathedral 1817 – 1847 when he became Rector of Annahilt, Hillsborough, Co. Down. Born 8 Nov 1792. M. 1820 Margaret (d. 13 Nov 1872), dau. of the Rev. Thomas Edward Higginson of Lisburn, Co. Antrim, and d. 2 Jan 1865, leaving issue.

iv.       Emily Jane Leslie m. Rev. J. Hallward, Vicar of Assington, Suffolk.

v.       Harriet Leslie m. Rev. William Hallward, Rector of Minden, Suffolk.

vi.       Mary Anne Leslie, dunm.

vii.       Isabella Frances Leslie m. 23 June 1821, Anthony Cliffe of Bellevue, Co. Wexford.

CP Leslie d. Aug 1800 and was succeeded by his eldest son.

18.       Colonel Charles Powell Leslie of Glaslough, JP, High Sheriff 1788, MP for Co. Monaghan (1802-26) and Colonel of Monaghan Militia.
M. (1) Anne (d. Jan 1819), dau. of Rev. Dudley Charles Ryder of Merrion Square, Dublin and had issue, three daughters.
He m. (2) 24 May 1819 Christiana (d. 24 April 1869), yst daughter of George Fosbery of Clorane, Co. Limerick, and by her had issue:

i.       Charles Powell Leslie, his heir, of Glaslough, HM Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of Co. Monaghan, hon Colonel of Monaghan Militia and MP for Co. Monaghan 1842 – 1871. B. 13 Sept 1821, succeeded aged 10, dunm 26 June 1871 and was s by his brother.

ii.       Sir John Leslie, 1st Bart.

iii.       Captain Thomas Slingsby Leslie, Royal Horse Guards (? RHG), DL and JP, co. York, b. 12 Oct 1826; m. 19 July 1860 Emily Louisa Catherine (dsp 1 July 1899), only sister and heiress of Sir Charles Slingsby, Bt, and assumed by Royal License, 9 April 1869 the name and arms of SLINGSBY. He d. 6 Sept 1903.

iv.       Christiana Leslie m. 20 Feb 1843 4th Marquess of Waterford (1814 - 6 Nov 1866) who was in holy orders and a Rural Dean in Armagh. He succeeded after his brother, the 3rd Marquess, was killed in a horse-fall in 1859 near Corbally, Carrick-on-Suir. She d. 19 May 1905. She was mother to the Beresford brothers – the 5th Marquess (great-great grandfather of the present fellow), Admiral Charles, Colonel William, VC, who married the 8th Duke of Marlborough’s widow and Marcus who managed both Edward VII and George V’s racing stud (1890 – 1922).

v.       Prudentia Penelope Leslie, m. 14 Aug 1850 Rt. Hon. George Augustus Cavendish-Bentinck (1821 – 91), MP and d. 22 June 1896 leaving issue (see. Duke of Portland). George was a grandson of the distinguished statesman William Cavendish (1738 0 1809), 3rd Duke of Portland, Viceroy of Ireland (1782) and twice Prime Minister (1783 – 1807) He d. 9 April 1891. His father was Major General Frederick Cavendish, 4th son of the Duke, and his mother, Mary, daughter of the 1st Earl of Lonsdale. George was on the PC, Parl Sec of Bd of Trade (1874-5) and Judge Advocate General (1875-80). They had two sons (William, a trustee of the British Museum, and Frederick, a barrister) and two daughters (Christina m. Sir Tatton Sykes, 5th Bart, and Mary m. John Arthur James.

vi.       Julia Leslie, dunm.

vii.       Emily Leslie, dunm 16 April 1909.

Colonel Leslie died 15th Nov 1831 and was succeeded by his eldest son:

19.       Sir John Leslie, 1st Bart, of Glaslough. Mp for Monaghan (1871 – 80). DL & JP Cos. Donegal and Monaghan. Sometime Captain 1st Life Guards. BA Christ Church Oxford. B. 16 Dec 1822. M. 26 Aug 1856 Lady Constance Wilhelmina Frances (d. 25 June 1925), yst dau. of Col. Rt. Hon. George Lionel Dawson Damer and sister of 4th Earl of Portarlington. They had issue:

i.       Sir John Leslie, 2nd Bart.

ii.       Mary Leslie, Medaille de la Reine Elisabeth, b. 30 Sept 1858, m. 20 July 1893, Robert Thompson Crawshay, 2nd son of Robert Thompson Crawshay of Cyfarthfa Castle, Glamorgan (see Burke’s LG) and d. 18 April 1936 leaving issue.

iii.       Constance Christina Leslie, b. 23 Sept 1861, m. 2 June 1881 Sir Edward Stanley Hope, KCB (d. 15 Feb 1921). He was born 1st Feb 1846 and became a barrister, serving as Charity Cmmnr (1879-99), Registrar of the Privy Council (1899-1909) and Lunacy Commnr (unpaid) (1908-14). He was the third son of George Hope (1808-63) of Luffness, Scotland, MP for Windsor, and Hon. Caroline Montagu. (see Linlithgow M). His grandfather Sir Alexander Hope was Lt Gov of Chelsea Hospital. His nephew Lt Col Henry Hope, MC, was killed in action 10th Oct 1917 while serving with Lancashire Fusiliers. Constance d. 30 May 1945 leaving 1 s and 1 d:

a.       John Alexander Hope (1882 – 1938), Major Canadia Scottish Regt, served WWI (despatches) who m. (1907 – diss by div 1923) Elizabeth Dunsmuir, dau of Hon James Dunsmuir, formerly Lt Gov of British Columbia.

b.       Elizabeth Caroline, JP(1943), CC (1943-5) who m. (1904) Henry William Petty-Fitzmaurice (14 Jan 1872 - 5 March 1936), 6th Marquess of Lansdowne & 7th Earl of Kerry, Irish Guards. They had three sons – Henry, Earl of Kerry (1913 – 33), Charles, 7th Marquess (educ Eton & Balliol, ka Italy 20 Aug 1944 aged 27) and Norman (educ Eton & Balliol, Lt Irish Guards, ka Normandy 11 Aug 1944 aged 22) – and two daughters (Katherine, Baroness Nairne) and Elizabeth who m. Major Charles Lambton. She m. (2) Lord Colum Crichton-Stuart (1886-1957), 3rd son of 3rd Marquess of Bute, MP Norwich (1922-45).

iv.       Theodosia Leslie, DG St J (Dame of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem), RRC (Royal Red Cross), b. 5th Jan 1865. M. (1) 11 June 1885 Josceline Fitzroy Bagot, MP, of Levens Hall, Westmoreland. He d. 1 March 1913, leaving issue. She m. (2) 3 June 1920 Rev. Sidney Bellingham Swann, Vicar of Lindfield. She d. Feb 1940.

v.       Olive Louisa Blanche Leslie, b. 14 Sept 1872. M. (1) 30 Aug 1894 Walter Murray Guthrie of Torosay Castle, Isle of Mull, MP for Tower Hamlets, youngest son of James Alexander Guthrie of Craigie (see Burke’s LG). He d. 24 April 1911 leaving issue. She m. (2) 30 Dec 1914 (m. diss 1920) Lt Col John Alexander Stirling, DSO, MC, of Kippenross and Kippendavie, Co. Perth. She d. 3 July 1945.

Sir John Leslie, 1st Bart. created a Baronet (UK) on 21st Feb 1876 and d. 23 Jan 1916 (11 months before Sir Jack’s birth) when succeeded by his only son.

20.       Sir John Leslie, 2nd Bart, CBE 1919 (Commander of the Order of the British Empire). Lieut Co. Monaghan 1921 – 1944. High Sheriff 1905. Formerly Hon. Col. 5th Btn Royal Irish Fusiliers. Sometime Lieut Grenadier Guards. Served in Egyptian War 1882 (medal with clasp, bronze star) and in S. Africa 1900. Temporary Lt Col commanding 12th Reserve Battalion of Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 1915. B. 7 Aug 1857. M. 2 Oct 1884 Leonie Blanche, DGStJ, who (like her sister-in-law Mary) had Medaille de la Reine Elisabeth of Belgium, dau of Leonard Jerome of New York and had issue.

i.       Sir Shane Leslie, 3rd Bart.
ii.       Captain Norman Jerome Beaumont Leslie, Rifle Brigade, b. 20 Nov 1886, ka Armentieres, 18 Oct 1914.
iii.       Seymour William Leslie (9 Eglington Park, Dunleary; Travelers & Kildare St, Dublin). Born 30 Sept 1889. M. 9 Oct 1929 Gwyneth Rawdon, dau. of Rawdon Roden, late of Knaresborough, Co. Yorks and has issue a daughter Jennifer Constance, b. 16 June 1930.


iv.       Lionel Alistair David Leslie, educ. Eton, late Capt Cameroon Highlanders, served in WW2 1939-45 (despatches), (Grasspoint, Isle of Mull). B. 27 June 1900. M. 12 Jan 1942 Barbara Yvonne, dau of Edwin Alexander Enever, and has issue, a daughter, Leonie Deirdre Elise, b. 28 April 1944.

Sir John Leslie, 2nd Bart, died 25 Jan 1944 and was succ by his eldest son.

21.       Sir (John Randolph) Shane Leslie, 3rd Bart, of Glaslough. Educ. Eton and King’s Coll, Cambridge (BA 1907, MA 1909). A writer, associate of Irish Academy of Letters. B. 24 Sept 1885. Succ. 1945554. M. 11 June 1912, Marjorie (d. 8 Feb 1951), dau of Hon Henry C. Ide of Vermont, USA, Gov Gen of Philippine Islands and Minister to Spain, and had issue.

i.       Sir Jack Leslie, 4th Bart.

ii.       Desmond Arthur Peter Leslie, educ. Ampleforth and TCD, served in WW2 (1942-45) as F/Sgt (Pilot) RAF. Author of Careless Lives, Pardon my Return, Angel’s Weep, Flying Saucers Have Landed, Hold Back the Night, The Amazing Mr. Lutterworth. Res: South Lodge, Grove End Rd, St. John’s Wood, NW8). Born 29 June 1921. M. 18 Aug 1945 Agnes Elizabeth, only dau of late Rudolf Bernauer, producer and playwright of Budapest, and Villa Bernauer, Abbazia, Italy, and by her had issue (1959).
a.       Shaun Rudolf Christopher Leslie, b. 4 June 1947.
b.       Christopher Mark Leslie, b. 7 Dec 1952.

iii.       Anita Leslie (Anne Theodosia Moira), resumed her Maiden Name by Deed Poll of May 1947. Served in WW2 in S. African Army 1940 – 42 and as an ambulance driver in 1st Armoured Division of French Army (1944-45), Croix de Guerre (Feb 1945). Author of Train to Nowhere, Love in a Nutshell and The Remarkable Leonard Jerome. B. 21 Nov 1914. M. (1) 29 April 1937 (annulled 1948) Col. Paul Rodzianko, CMG, son of Gen Paul Rodzianko and Princess Marie Galitzine. She m. (2) 1 Jan 1949 Commander William Donald Aelian King, DSO and bar DSC, RN (ret.) of Oranmore Castle, Co. Galway, only son of late Lt. Col. William Albert de Courcy King, DSO, and Mrs. Uzielli of South Lodge, Grove End Rd, NW 8 (same address as for Desmond?), leaving issue:

a.       Richard Tarka Bourke King, b. 1949.
b.       Leonie Rose King, b. 1951.

22.       Sir Jack (John Norman Ide) Leslie, 4th Bart. Educ. Downside and Magdalene Coll, Cambridge (BA, 1938). Capt. Irish guards. Served WW2 (prisoner). Born 6 Dec 1916. Still going strong, November 2003.


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