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LESLIE, Andrew Master of Rothes
(About 1446-1486)
(About 1447-)
LESLIE, William 3rd Earl of Rothes
(About 1472-1513)
LESLIE, George 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife
(About 1492-1558)


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1. CRICHTON, Margaret

2. GRAY, Elizabeth
4. LUNDY, Isobel

LESLIE, George 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife 1 2 4 5

  • Born: About 1492
  • Marriage (1): CRICHTON, Margaret before 1 April 1517 1
  • Marriage (2): GRAY, Elizabeth before 5 June 1525 1 2
  • Marriage (3): SOMERVILLE, Agnes by 29 January 1529 (1530) 1 3
  • Marriage (4): LUNDY, Isobel 1
  • Died: 28 November 1558, Dieppe, France 1

   User ID: M548.

  Noted events in his life were:

Remarried: Margaret Crichton, by 21 October 1541. 1 5 6 "Agnes Somerville died about 1541, and after her death the Earl of Rothes was reunited to Margaret Crichton, as appears from a charter granted 21st October 1541 to Norman Leslie, son of George, Earl of Rothes, reserving the liferent to Margaret Crichton, spouse of the said earl; and another of the King's lands of Drumcross in Linlithgowshire, to Margaret Crichton, Countess of Rothes, 21st May 1542...By this reunion with Margaret Crichton the Earl of Rothes had... issue"

from Family of Leslie

Note Considering the number of children, five, supposedly born of Margaret's second marriage to the Earl of Rothes, in October 1541; and considering her illegitimate son, David Panther was legitimated in 1513 and so must have been born before then; and considering she is mentioned in the royal accounts by the year 1405-6; it is more than likely that some, if not all, of Margaret's children with Rothes were born before the actual date of her second marriage and then legitimated by that marriage. Moreover in volume 3 of
Scots Peerage it states that Margaret " ... seems to have died prior to 1546, when Lord Rothes appears as the husband of dame Margret (properly Isabel) Lundy, relict of umquhile David, Erle of Craufurde.' "

George married Margaret CRICHTON, daughter of William CRICHTON of Frendraught, 3rd Lord Crichton and Margaret STEWART, before 1 April 1517.1 The marriage ended in annulment. (Margaret CRICHTON was born by 1494 5.)

  Marriage Notes:

"George, Earl of Rothes, married, first, the honourable Margaret Crichton, daughter of William, third Lord Crichton of Frendraught, by Lady Margaret Stewart, second daughter of King James III."

"Whether an actual marriage took place between George, Earl of Rothes, and Margaret Crichton, in order to legitimate their previous union, is not stated. It is probable that there were some legal objections to their marriage, as in the charter already quoted one of the conditions required was, that they should get a dispensation if it were necessary. Whatever may have been the cause, the Earl of Rothes entered a process to have his marriage declared null on the ground that he was within the forbidden degree of affinity with the countess, he having had illicit intercourse, before his marriage, with Matilda Striveling, who was related to Margaret Crichton in the second and third degree of consanguinity, thus making him and Margaret related to each other in the same degrees of affinity, and rendering their marriage incestuous and illegal according to existing law. Whatever the facts may have been, the marriage was declared to have been null from the beginning by the ordinary, the rector of Flisk, 27th December 1520. The effect of this judgment was to leave the parties free to marry whom they would, while the issue of their previous union would be considered legitimate, on account of the good faith or ignorance of at least one of the parties. Hence the legitimacy of Norman, Master of Rothes, and of William Leslie of Cairny, was never doubted."

from Family of Leslie 1

George next married Elizabeth GRAY, daughter of Andrew GRAY 2nd Lord Gray and Janet KEITH, before 5 June 1525.1 2 (Elizabeth GRAY was born about 1464 and died before 19 January 1529(1530) 2.)

  Marriage Notes:

"George, Earl of Rothes, married, secondly, about 1525, Elizabeth Gray, daughter of Andrew, third Lord Gray, relict of John, fourth Lord Glammis, and of Alexander, third Earl of Huntly. George, Earl of Rothes, granted a charter, dated June 1525, of the lands and barony of Ballinbreich, to Elizabeth Gray, Countess of Huntly, relict of the deceased Alexander, Earl of Huntly, for her lifetime. By her the Earl of Rothes had no issue."

from Family of Leslie

Elizabeth was the daughter Andrew Gray, who was 2nd Lord Gray since his father had died before his father, Andrew, 1st Lord Gray.

"He (Alexander Gordon) married, secondly, Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew, Lord Gray, and widow of John, Lord Glamis .... She was married, secondly, before 5 June 1525, to George, Earl of Rothes ; she was dead before 29 January 1529-30."

from Scots Peerage (vol 4) 1 2

George next married Agnes SOMERVILLE, daughter of Sir John SOMERVILLE of Quothquan, Baron of Cambusnethan and Elizabeth CARMICHAEL, by 29 January 1529 (1530).1 3 (Agnes SOMERVILLE was born about 1598 and died about 1541 1.)

  Marriage Notes:

"He (George Leslie) married, thirdly, Agnes Somerville, daughter of Sir John Somerville of Cambusnethan, widow of John, second Lord Flemming, predecessor
of the Earls of Wigton. Agnes Somerville, relict of the deceased John, Lord Flemming, got a charter of the lands of Carsehaur, in Menteith, 17th December 1526; and George, Earl of Rothes, and Agnes Somerville his spouse, got a charter of the lands of Cairny, 29th January 1530, so that the marriage must have taken place between 1526 and 1530... By this marriage the Earl of Rothes had issue"

from Family of Leslie 1

George next married Isobel LUNDY, daughter of Sir William LUNDY of that Ilk, Sheriff of Fife and Elizabeth HEPBURN.1 (Isobel LUNDY was born about 1490.)

  Marriage Notes:

"George, Earl of Rothes, married, fifthly, Isobel Lundy, daughter of Lundy of Lundy, and widow of David, seventh Earl of Crawford, who died in 1542.... By Isobel Lundy, the Earl of Rothes had no issue."

from Family of Leslie 1


1 e-books, Historical Records of the Family of Leslie 1067-1869 vol.2 by Col. Leslie of Balquhain (1869).

2 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 4 (1907).

3 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 8 (1911).

4 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 6 (1909).

5 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 3 (1906).

6 e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 9 Index (1914).

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