Norman Leslie, 19th Earl of Rothes
|The Right Honourable
The Earl of Rothes
|The Earl of Rothes.|
|Scottish Representative Peer|
8 November 1906 – 16 November 1923
|Preceded by||The Earl of Leven|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Sinclair|
|Born||13 July 1877|
|Died||29 March 1927|
|Spouse(s)||Lucy Noël Martha Dyer-Edwardes|
Leslie was the son of Martin Leslie Leslie (born Martin Leslie Haworth), son of Captain Martin Edward Haworth (d. 1886) by Mary Elizabeth Haworth-Leslie, 18th Countess of Rothes. His mother was Georgina Frances Studdy, daughter of Henry Studdy, of Waddeton Court, Devon. He succeeded his grandmother in the earldom in 1893.
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.
Rothes was elected a Scottish representative peer in 1906, which he remained until 1923. He fought in the First World War and Leslie House, the ancestral head seat of his family, became a hospital for the injured. His wife worked ceaselessly during the wartime, both at Leslie House and elsewhere, acting as nurse. Rothes was promoted to colonel in 1918. He sustained injuries during the war from which he never fully recovered. He sold Leslie House in 1919.
Lord Rothes married Lucy Noël Martha Dyer-Edwardes, daughter of Thomas Dyer-Edwardes, on 19 April 1900. 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.
|Peerage of Scotland|
Mary Elizabeth Gwyther-Leslie
|Earl of Rothes
Malcolm Dyer-Edwards Leslie
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