LESLIE, John of Haughs
- Born: About 1570
- Marriage (1): GORDON,
Another name for John was LESLY, John of Haughs.1
It is difficult to uncover what the designation "of Haughs" refers to in respect of John Leslie. it may be connected to these:
"Margaret Forbes, Lady of Wardis, in the absence of Alexander Leslie of Duncanston, fiar of Wardis, renounced her conjunct infeftment in the lands of the Haugh of Myltone of Durno, called the Swerd Haugh, on the east side of the Urie, in favour of Alexander Leslie of Pitcaple, 27th September 1538; and, on the same day, the said Alexander Leslie of Duncanston granted a charter of the said lands to the said Alexander Leslie of Pitcaple, for a certain sum of money."
"William Leslie (9th) of Balquhain entered into a contract with Alexander Leslie of Pitcaple, whereby, in respect of the said Alexander having become cautioner for the said William Leslie to James Dempster of Auchterless for 600 merks, the said William Leslie obliged himself to infeft the said Alexander Leslie in the lands of Pitbee for his security; 18th September 1565."
"John Leslie of Balquhain granted a charter of the sunny third ploughlands of Pitbee, in favour of Walter Gordon of Westhall, 8th December 1580."
"Patrick Leslie of Kincraigie resigned the croftland called Pitbee Haugh, in favour of John Leslie of Balquhain, and John Leslie, younger thereof, 10th December 1599."
from Historical Records of the Family of Leslie
Note: Without being able to pinpoint exactly which 'haugh' is being referred to in the land title of 'John Leslie of Haughs', this information points to the Leslies of Pitcaple as being the family to which John may have belonged. Moreover Alexander Leslie 4th of Pitcaple was married to Margaret Gordon of the Avochie Gordons, aunt of George Gordon in Drumhead, increasing the likelihood of linking John Leslie with the Pitcaple Leslies. Alexander Leslie 4th of Pitcaple had a son John of approximately the right age to be John Leslie of Haughs. This is by no means proof but the evidence strongly points in favour of John being a Leslie of Pitcaple. We know that he acquired the Daviot lands after the death of his brother James. He married Christian Arbuthnot whose mother was a daughter of the 9th Baron or Laird of Leslie, William and his wife Janet Forbes, also mother of John Leslie 10th of Balquhain. Although the record notes he died "sans issue", it is known that this may refer to a lack of male children rather than no children at all, and/or it may be referring to there being no legitimate children of the wife being recorded. It is on this reasoning that is based the placing of John Leslie of Haughs in this context. 2
John married GORDON, daughter of George GORDON in Drumhead and Elizabeth DUFF. (GORDON was born about 1577.)