George Leslie, 1st Earl of Rothes

George Leslie, 1st Earl of Rothes (c. 1406/1417 – 1490)[1] was a Scottish nobleman and the first to hold the title of "Earl of Rothes", a hereditary title of the ruler of Leslie, Fife and the lands belonging to the Earl of Rothes.

George Leslie
The Right Honourable Earl of Rothes
Earl of Rothes
PredecessorNew Creation
SuccessorGeorge Leslie
Titles and styles
The Right Honourable Lord Leslie
Bornc. 1406–1417
FatherLord James Leslie


George was the son of Norman Leslie of Fythkill in Fife, and was born sometime between 1406 and 1417. George was the brother of Elizabeth Leslie and father of George Leslie, First Laird of Aikenway; Christian Sinclair, Countess of Orkney; Andrew Leslie, Master of Rothes; Lady Elizabeth Leslie and John Leslie, First Laird of Pitnamoon. He was also the husband of Margaret Lundie, Christina Halyburton and Elizabeth Campbell.

Lord Leslie and Earl of Rothes

George was created Lord Leslie in 1445, and the title of Earl of Rothes was created in 1458[2] in the Peerage of Scotland for him by James II. He died in 1490 at between 76 and 92 years old at the time; most likely 84.


Rothes was succeeded by his son, also called George Leslie, who ruled as Earl from 1492 to 1509. It is not known why there was a brief interregnum of Earls from 1490 to 1492, also some say James IV prevented him from being Earl until 1492.


  1. "George Leslie, 1st Earl of Rothes". geni_family_tree. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  2. "Rothes, Earl of (S, 1457/8)". Retrieved 26 May 2017.
Peerage of Scotland
New creation
Earl of Rothes

Succeeded by
George Leslie

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