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"Second Baron of Wardis.

"John Leslie, born in 1460, succeeded as second Baron of Wardis on the death of his father in 1500.

"George Lord Gordon, John Leslie of Wardis, and Walter Leslie, his brother, were witnesses in a compromise regarding the marches of the parishes of Croy and Kildrummy, between Andrew, Bishop of Moray, and Hugh Ross of Kilravich, at Nairn, 13th August 1492. John Leslie of Wardis was appointed one of the Sheriffs of Aberdeen by King James IV, to give sasine of the barony of Invernochty to Alexander Elphinstone, and Elizabeth Barlay, his wife, 8th August 1507.

"As has been related, William Leslie, seventh Baron of Balquhain, and John Leslie, second Baron of Wardis, with Alexander Seton of Meldrum and others, in revenge for some injury done to them or their friends, entered the city of Aberdeen during the night, 1st October 1525, with eighty men armed with spears and other weapons, and attached the citizens. A bloody conflict ensued, and by the bravery of the citizens the invaders were expelled, but in the fray eighty citizens were either killed or wounded, including some of the magistrates in the number. It appears that John Collison, a former Provost of Aberdeen, was the instigator of this affair, which was afterwards terminated by the arbitration of Robert Bishop of Moray, James Bishop of Ross, John Earl of Moray, and William Earl of Montrose.

"King James IV granted a charter to John Leslie of Wardis of the lands of Balcomie in Fife, resigned by his brother Walter, dated at Stirling, 14th February 1500. Also, the king granted a charter to John Leslie of Wardis, in recompense of certain sums due by the king’s father to the father of the said John Leslie of Wardis, when he was the king’s comptroller, of the office of bailie of all the king’s lands of the regality of the Garioch - namely, Glanderstoun with the mill, Tulyfoure, Duncanstoun, Donydure with the mill, Rochmuriel, Knokinbard with the mill, Ardoun, Buchanstoun with the mill, Harlaw, Mekle Durno with the mill, Torreys, Rihill, Warthill, and the Davach of Inverurie with the mill - the office of bailie being annexed to the lands of Wardis; dated at Edinburgh, 16th June 1508. King James IV also granted a charter of feu-ferme to John Leslie of Wardis, of the lands of the thanage of Kintore - namely, the Over Davach and Nether Davach of Kintore, with the mills; the lands of Crichie, Tavilty, Mekil Kynnaldy, with the mill; Litill Kynnady, Petmeddene, Nether Dyce, with the annual rents, and the fishings on the Water of Don, and the lake and bogs; dated at Edinburgh, 17th June 1508. On the same day King James IV issued a precept to William, Bishop of Aberdeen, Keeper of the Privy Seal, to infeft the said John Leslie of Wardis in the lands, rents, and fishings of the thanage of Kintore. King James IV granted a charter of feu-ferme to John Leslie of Wardis, of the lands of the Garioch - namely, Duncanstoun, Gillanderstoun with the mill, Donydure with the mill, Rochmurriel, the Davach of Ardune with the mill, Dornach and the Mylnetoun, the Mill of Dornoche, Harlaw, Inverurie with the davach and mill, Tullifoure, Torreis, Knokinbarde with the mill, and Knokmorgin, in exchange for the lands of Balcomie, with the manor-place and rabbit-warrens, in Fife; dated at Edinburgh, 27th March 1510. King James V granted a charter to John Leslie of Wardis, and Annabelle Chalmer, his wife, of the lands of Tulifour, Tavelte, and the mill and milltoun of Dornoy, in the regalty of the Garioch; dated at Edinburgh, 20th January 1525.

"John Leslie of Wardis married, first, Miss Stewart, daughter of Alexander, Bishop of Moray, grandson of James II. She died childless. He married secondly, the Honourable Margaret Crichton, daughter of William, Lord Crichton of Frendraught, and had issue --

" I. Alexander, his successor.

" II. Margaret, married to the Laird of Cobairdy.

"He married, thirdly , Margaret Forbes, daughter of the Laird of Echt, and relict of Walter Stewart of Dryland, and had issue --

" I. William, first Laird of Warthill, of whom afterwards.

" II. Watler, who died without issue at Frendnaught.

"He married, fourthly, Agnes Gordon, daughter of Patrick Gordon of Haddo, ancestor of the Earls of Aberdeen, and had issue --

" I. Andrew, progenitor of the Leslies of Bucharn, and of the Leslies of Clisson in France, of whom afterwards.

" II. Bessie, married, first, to Robert Winton, and, secondly, to Andrew Menzies.

" III. Marjory, married to James Keith of Aquhorsk.

" IV. Another Daughter, married married to John Leith, third son of Patrick Leith of Edingarioch, in 1520.

"He married, fifthly, Annabella Chalmer of Balbithan, before 20th January 1525, when he and Annabella Chalmer got a charter of the lands of Tulifour and others. By her he had issue --

" I. Robert, killed at Pinkie, 10th September 1547.

" II. Clara, married to Patrick Leith of Harthill. Patrick Leith of Harthill, and Clara Leslie, his spouse, got a charter from King James V of the lands of Auchleven, Ardour, Buchanston, Harlaw, and others, dated 8th December 1531.

" III. Isabella, married, first, to William Troup of Colmsleggie, and, secondly, to Andrew Craig of Balmellie.

" IV. Annabella, married to Andrew Bremner in Aberdeen.

"Besides these children, John Leslie of Wardis had several natural children; amongst them Andrew Leslie in Glanderston, John Leslie, employed by the Earl of Sutherland, and Catherine and Jean Leslie. He died 1st April 1546, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Alexander Leslie, third Baron of Wardis."

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