Norman Leslie, 19th Earl of Rothes

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Rothes
Norman Leslie, Earl of Rothes at the time of his marriage in April 1900.
Scottish Representative Peer
In office
8 November 1906 – 16 November 1923
Preceded by The Earl of Leven
Succeeded by The Lord Sinclair
Personal details
Born 13 July 1877
Died 29 March 1927
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Lucy Noël Martha Dyer-Edwardes

Colonel Norman Evelyn Leslie, 19th Earl of Rothes (13 July 1877 – 29 March 1927), was a Scottish soldier and representative peer.


Norman Leslie was the son of Martin Leslie Leslie (born Martin Leslie Haworth) and Georgina Frances Studdy, daughter of Henry Studdy, of Waddeton Court, Devon. Norman's paternal grandparents were Captain Martin Edward Haworth (d. 1886) and Mary Elizabeth Haworth-Leslie, 18th Countess of Rothes. Norman succeeded his grandmother to the earldom in 1893.[1]

Military career[edit]

Lord Rothes was commissioned into a Militia battalion of the Devonshire Regiment in 1895. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1897 and resigned his commission in 1899. In 1905 he was appointed Captain in the Fife Royal Garrison Artillery, another Militia regiment. He resigned his commission in 1909. In 1911 he was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the Highland Cyclist Battalion, which was badged to the Black Watch.[2]

The Earl of Rothes was elected a Scottish representative peer in 1906, a position he retained until 1923.[3] He fought in the First World War and Leslie House, the ancestral family sat, became a hospital for the injured. His wife, Noëlle, Countess of Rothes, worked ceaselessly during the war, both at Leslie House and in London at the Coulter Hospital, serving as a Red Cross nurse. The earl was promoted to colonel in 1918. He sustained injuries during the war from which he never fully recovered. He sold Leslie House in 1919 and moved his family to England.[4]


Lord Rothes married Miss Lucy-Noël Martha (Noëlle) Dyer-Edwardes, daughter of Thomas Dyer-Edwardes, on 19 April 1900.[5] They had two children:

  • Malcolm George Dyer-Edwardes Leslie, 20th Earl of Rothes (8 February 1902–1975), married Beryl Violet Dugdale, daughter of Captain James Lionel Dugdale and Maud Violet Woodroffe, on 17 July 1926 and had issue.
  • The Honourable John Wayland Leslie (b. 1909–1991).

He died in March 1927, aged 49, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Malcolm.[1]


Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Mary Elizabeth Gwyther-Leslie
Earl of Rothes
Succeeded by
Malcolm Dyer-Edwards Leslie