LESLIE, Andrew 3rd of Balquhain, Sir
- Born: About 1373
- Partnership (1): Unknown 'Fair Maid of Strathdon'
- Marriage (2): MORTIMER, Isabel 1
- Died: 22 January 1420, Braco, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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"Sir Andrew Leslie seems to have been a turbulent baron, and of very loose morals. He had a numerous progeny of natural children, from whom many Leslies are descended. The Leslies of Buchanstone, Andrew Leslie of Cortashy, James Leslie in Aberdeen, David Leslie in Meikle Durno, George Leslie in Drumdollo, Andrew Leslie in Pitscurry, and many others, were all descended from, or were natural sons of, Sir Andrew Leslie."
"Sir Andrew Leslie was Master of the Horse under Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar, and was one of his chief commanders at the battle of Harlaw, fought against Donald, Lord of the Isles, 24th July 1411, about two miles from the castle of Balquhain. In this desperate action Sir Andrew Leslie lost six sons, in commemoration of whom a cross was erected on the field of battle and called Leslie's Cross."
"On account of another feud with the Forbeses, Sir Andrew Leslie again withdrew to his fortress on Bennachie, and a force was brought against him under the Sheriff of Angus. Sir Andrew Leslie, having assembled his friends and vassals, came down from his stronghold, and gave battle to his opponents at Braco, about two miles from Bennachie, 22d January 1420. In the heat of
the action, his wife, Isabel Mortimer, came and threw herself between the combatants, entreating them to stop the carnage. But her efforts were
vain. Sir Andrew Leslie was slain, and many of his vassals fell with him.
His widow erected a chaplainry near the spot where he was buried, and appointed a chaplain, and bequeathed an annual rent for the priest in all time coming, to pray for his soul. Patrick Ogilvie, of Ogilvie of Granden, with consent of his father, Alexander Ogilvie, Sheriff of Forfar, also granted an annuity of ten merks forth of the lands of Strathalva in the sheriffdom of Banff, which failing, from the baronies of Owchtirous and Essy in the sheriffdom of Forfar, to a chaplain performing divine service in the chapel of the blessed Virgin Mary of the Garioch, for the soul of Sir Andrew Leslie, knight.
This chapel, after the Reformation, about 1620, was converted into a parish church, and now gives the name to the parish of Chapel of Garioch, formerly called Logydurno.
from Historical Records of the Leslie Family
Andrew had a relationship with Unknown 'Fair Maid of Strathdon'. (Unknown 'Fair Maid of Strathdon' was born about 1375.)
"It was probably in consequence of this feud with Sir John Forbes (of Drumminor), and because he had also given offence to the Earl of Mar, that Sir Andrew Leslie withdrew from Balquhain, and occupied an old fortress on the almost inaccessible pinnacle of Bennachie, nearly 2000 feet high, and not far from the castle of Balquhain. Having repaired this strong post, he remained there till he made his peace with the Earl of Mar, when he returned to Balquhain; but he still retained the fort on
Bennachie as a place of security.
It is said that, during his abode on Bennachie, he made an incursion, accompanied by a large body of retainers, up to Strathdon, and devastated the lands, and carried off the daughter and heiress of the Baron of Cray, chief of the Clan Allan, and who was called the Fair Maid of Strathdon ; others say that the lady he carried off was a daughter of Sir James Stewart of Inveravon, also called the Fair Maid of Strathdon."
from Family of Leslie 2
Andrew next married Isabel MORTIMER, daughter of Bernard MORTIMER of Craigievar and Unknown.1 (Isabel MORTIMER was born about 1379.)
"Sir Andrew Leslie married Isabel Mortimer, daughter of Bernard Mortimer of Craigievar, and by her had
I. WILLIAM, his successor.
II. ALEXANDER, married to Margaret Leslie, daughter of David de Leslie, IX. Dominus Ejusdem, from whom she received the barony of Leslie in the Garioch, from which her husband derived the style and title of Leslie of Leslie, or of that Ilk.
III. A Daughter, married to Glaster of Glack.
IV. A Daughter, married to Munroe of Foulis.
V. A Daughter, married to Raynold Cheyne of Straloch."
from Family of Leslie 1