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LESLIE, William 7th Baron of Balquhain, Sir
(About 1482-1545)
OGILVY, Elizabeth
(About 1485-1518)
LESLIE, Patrick Merchant in Aberdeen
(About 1475-)
LESLIE, John 8th Baron of Balquhain
(About 1500-1561)
LESLIE, Elizabeth
(About 1500-)
LESLIE, William 9th Baron of Balquhain
(About 1522-1571)


Family Links

1. LESLIE, Margaret of Bonnymoon or Balnamoon

2. DRUMMOND, Margaret
3. FORBES, Janet Countess of Atholl

LESLIE, William 9th Baron of Balquhain 1

  • Born: About 1522
  • Marriage (1): LESLIE, Margaret of Bonnymoon or Balnamoon
  • Marriage (2): DRUMMOND, Margaret
  • Marriage (3): FORBES, Janet Countess of Atholl on 9 January 1547 1
  • Died: 1571

  General Notes:

"William Leslie was a man of great abilities, and acquired so much influence that he was held in great esteem by all the great nobility."

"William Leslie had the honour of receiving and entertaining Queen Mary in his castle of Balquhain...Queen Mary accepted the invitation, and passed the night at Balquhain Castle, 9th September 1562. During her stay there she attended Mass in the chapel of the Blessed Virgin of the Garioch."

"William Leslie was Sheriff of Aberdeen under the queen's Lieutenant of the North, the Earl of Huntly. In this capacity he afforded the utmost assistance in protecting the cathedral of Aberdeen from the ravages of the Reformers, and he preserved that ancient edifice from being demolished by the furious zealots in 1560. As a magistrate he defended from the attacks of the Reformers the Bishop of Aberdeen, William Gordon, brother of the Earl of Huntly, and supported him in his diocese by force of arms when all the other bishops of Scotland were persecuted." (As a result, the bishp bestowed on William the barony of Fetternear and many lands around it.)

from Historical Records of the Family of Leslie

  Research Notes:


William may also have been married to Margaret, daughter of Andrew Drummond.

William married Margaret LESLIE of Bonnymoon or Balnamoon. (Margaret LESLIE of Bonnymoon or Balnamoon was born about 1525.)

William next married Margaret DRUMMOND. (Margaret DRUMMOND was born about 1528.)

William next married Janet FORBES Countess of Atholl, daughter of John FORBES 6th Lord Forbes and Elizabeth Barclay BARLOW, on 9 January 1547.1 (Janet FORBES Countess of Atholl was born about 1522.)

  Marriage Notes:

"On 7 November 1545, he (Alexander Hay 5th Laird of Delgaty) granted a Charter of Auchinschogill to Janet Forbes Countess of Atholl (Great Seal, No. 3193). Janet was the daughter of John 6th Lord Forbes (Scots Peerage, IV. 55) and had married in 1542, John 3rd Earl of Atholl, who died within six months, and after the death of Alexander Hay, her second husband, she married as his first wife, John Leslie of Balquhain, 9 January 1547/8 (Great Seal, 20 Feb. 1547/8; Records of the Family of Leslie, III. 46)."

from Transactions 1


1 e-books, Transactions of the Banffshire Field Club 1936 - 'The Hays of Delgaty' a paper by Mr Innes of Learney.

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