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"George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes (died 1558) was a Scottish nobleman and diplomat. George became Earl of Rothes after his father's death at the Battle of Flodden. The title had previously been possessed by his uncle, William Leslie, the 2nd Earl. On 1 April 1517 he and his wife redeemed by purchase family lands which James IV of Scotland had sold to Andrew Barton.

He was Sheriff of Fife from 1529 to 1540 and a Lord of Session from 1541 and a Lord of the Articles from 1544.

George accompanied James V of Scotland on his wedding trip to France in 1536. He was tried for the murder of Cardinal Beaton and acquitted. He was ambassador to Denmark in 1550, and died at Dieppe, France in 1558.

George died while returning from the solemnization of the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots. Several of the other Scottish commissioners died, Lord Fleming at Paris, and the Bishop of Orkney and Earl of Cassillis at Dieppe on the same night as George, 24 November 1558. It was rumoured that they were murdered because of their stance of the issue of giving the Crown-Matrimonial of Scotland to the Dauphin.

He married Margaret Crichton, daughter of William Crichton, 3rd Lord Crichton and Princess Margaret Stewart. Their eldest son was Norman Leslie who was involved in the murder of Cardinal Beaton and the siege of St Andrews Castle. Norman pre-deceased his father, and the next Earl was Andrew Leslie, a son of George's third marriage to Agnes Somerville.

George divorced Margaret Crichton and married Elizabeth Gray, daughter of Andrew, 3rd Lord Gray. She was the widow of John Lyon, 4th Lord Glamis. They had no children. George subsequently married Agnes Somerville, a daughter of John Somerville of Cambusnethan, who was the widow of John, 2nd Lord Fleming. After Agnes's death, in 1542, George was re-united with Margaret Crichton. He then married Isobel Lundy widow of the 7th Earl of Crawford, they had no children."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2 October 2012, 00:02 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=George_Leslie,_4th_Earl_of_Rothes&oldid=515546601> [accessed 1 December 2012]

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http://www.thepeerage.com/p10831.htm#i108303

  • George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes1
  • M, #108303, d. 28 November 1558
  • Last Edited=15 Feb 2010
  • George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes was the son of William Leslie, 3rd Earl of Rothes and Margaret Balfour. He married, firstly, Margaret Crichton, daughter of Robert Crichton, 3rd Lord Crichton of Sanquhar and Margaret Stewart, circa 1517.2 He and Margaret Crichton were divorced on 27 December 1520. He married, secondly, Elizabeth Gray, daughter of Andrew Gray, 2nd Lord Gray and Janet Keith, before June 1525.3 He married, fourthly, Isobel Lundy, daughter of unknown Lundy of that Ilk, before 10 April 1543.4 He died on 28 November 1558.4
  • George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes gained the title of 4th Earl of Rothes.
  • Children of George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes and Margaret Crichton
    • 1.Helen Leslie+ d. 28 Oct 1594
    • 2.Lady Agnes Leslie+5
    • 3.Norman Leslie, Master of Rothes d. 1554
    • 4.Lady Margaret Leslie1
  • Child of George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes and Agnes Somerville
    • 1.Andrew Leslie, 5th Earl of Rothes+ d. 1611
  • Children of George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes
    • 1.Lady Janet Leslie6 d. 17 Dec 1591
    • 2.Robert Leslie6
    • 3.Katherine Leslie+7
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 158. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 601. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 3.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 1642.
  • 4.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume III, page 514.
  • 5.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 202.
  • 6.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 7.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 1, page 1220.

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http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p99.htm#i2969

  • George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife1
  • M, d. 28 November 1558
  • Father William Leslie, 3rd Earl of Rothes d. 9 Sep 1513
  • Mother Margaret Balfour
  • George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife married Christian Wood. George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife married Margaret Crichton, daughter of William Crichton, 3rd Lord Crichton and Margaret Stewart, before 1 April 1517. George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife and Margaret Crichton were divorced on 27 December 1520.2 George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife married Elizabeth Gray, daughter of Andrew Gray, 2nd Lord Gray, Sheriff of Forfar, Justice of Scotland and Janet Keith, before 5 June 1525.3 George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife married Agnes Somerville, daughter of Sir John Somerville, 2nd Baron Cambusnethan and Janet Hepburn, before 29 January 1530. George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife married Isobel Lundie before 10 April 1543. George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife died on 28 November 1558 at Dieppe, France.
  • Family 1 Margaret Crichton
  • Marriage* He married Margaret Crichton, daughter of William Crichton, 3rd Lord Crichton and Margaret Stewart, before 1 April 1517.
  • Divorce* George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife and Margaret Crichton were divorced on 27 December 1520.2
  • Children
    • ◦Norman Leslie, Master of Rothes d. 1554
    • ◦William Leslie
    • ◦Helen Leslie+4,5 d. 26 Oct 1594
    • ◦Robert Leslie, 1st Laird of Lundrassie d. b 13 Mar 1589
    • ◦Janet Leslie b. c 1522, d. 17 Dec 1591
  • Family 2 Agnes Somerville
  • Marriage George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife married Agnes Somerville, daughter of Sir John Somerville, 2nd Baron Cambusnethan and Janet Hepburn, before 29 January 1530.
  • Children
    • ◦Agnes Leslie+6,7 d. a Feb 1594
    • ◦Peter Leslie8 d. a 17 Jan 1559
    • ◦James Leslie8 d. a 1574
    • ◦Euphemia Leslie8 d. Apr 1588
    • ◦Beatrix Leslie8
    • ◦Elizabeth Leslie8 d. a 1557
    • ◦Andrew Leslie, 5th Earl Rothes+ d. 1611
  • Family 3 Elizabeth Gray d. bt 9 Jan 1526 - Dec 1526
  • Marriage* George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes, Sheriff of Fife married Elizabeth Gray, daughter of Andrew Gray, 2nd Lord Gray, Sheriff of Forfar, Justice of Scotland and Janet Keith, before 5 June 1525.3
  • Citations
  • 1.[S204] Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. XI, p. 190-193, notes.
  • 2.[S11565] The Scots Peerage, Vol. III, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 67.
  • 3.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. V, p. 657.
  • 4.[S11584] The Scots Peerage, Vol. V, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 454.
  • 5.[S11586] The Scots Peerage, Vol. VII, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 289.
  • 6.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. IX, p. 293.
  • 7.[S147] Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, 1938 ed., by Sir Bernard Burke, p., 1788.

8.[S11586] The Scots Peerage, Vol. VII, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 290.

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Repository:

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Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Publication: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998

From Wikipedia:

Sheriff of Fife from 1529 to 1540 and a Lord of Session from 1541 and a Lord of the Articles from 1544, he was tried for the murder of Cardinal Beaton and acquitted. He was ambassador to Denmark in 1550, and died at Dieppe, France in 1558. -------------------- http://books.google.com/books?id=lyENAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA355#v=onepage&q=&f=false Page 355

“THE FAMILY OF LESLIE, EARLS OF LEVEN

“The family of Leslie, Earls of Leven, is descended from the Drummuir, Kininvie, and New Leslie branches of the family of Leslie, Barons of Balquhain.

“George Leslie, second son of George Leslie, first Laird of Drummuir, acquired the lands of Balgonie. He was captain of the castle in Blair of Athole in the reign of King James VI., and was held in great esteem as a brave soldier. He married Sybil Stewart of Ballathan, and had issue -“

“ I. John, who entered the French service, and was a captain in the Life Guards of the King of France. He returned to Scotland, and lived with his sisters at Newtown in Fife. “ II. George, who went to Germany, entered the army, and attained the rank of Colonel. He was killed at a siege, leaving a daughter, who was married in London to the Laird of Newhall. “ III. David, who died a student at Douai.

“George Leslie had also several daughters, with whom their brother John lived at Newtown in Fife, after he retired from the French service. Besides these, he had also a natural son, Alexander Leslie, afterwards created Earl of Leven. After the death of Sybil Stewart, George Leslie married Alexander’s mother to legitimatise him, who was then a general."

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  1. Scots Peerage. James Balfour Paul. Publication: 1904 - 1914 Vol. 7, page 291
  2. Historical records of the family of Leslie from 1067 to 1868-69. Collected from public records and authentic private sources. by Colonel Leslie, K. H., of Balquhain. Published 1869 by Edmonston and Douglas in Edinburgh . Vol 2, pp 317-368
  3. Cracroft's Peerage Rothes, Earl of (S, 1457/8)
  4. Earl Rothes coat of arms
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George Leslie, 4th Earl of Rothes's Timeline

1484
August 2, 1484
Rothes, Elginshire, Scotland
1511
1511
Age 26
Rothes, Morayshire, Scotland
1516
1516
Age 31
Rothes, Elginshire, Scotland
1517
April 1, 1517
Age 32
Scotland
1519
1519
Age 34
Scotland
1520
1520
Age 35
1525
1525
Age 40
1530
January 29, 1530
Age 45
Scotland
1534
1534
Age 49
Rothes, Scotland
1538
1538
Age 53
Rothes, Scotland