David Leslie-Melville, 8th Earl of Leven

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David Leslie (1722-1802) (David Martin, 1785)

David Leslie-Melville, 8th Earl of Leven, 7th Earl of Melville (1785–1860) was a Scottish peer and admiral.

He entered the Royal Navy c. 1800; he became Rear Admiral in 1846, and Vice Admiral in 1858. He was a Representative Peer (Tory), for Scotland from 1831 to 1860.


He was the son of Alexander Leslie-Melville, 7th Earl of Leven, 6th Earl of Melville (1749–1820). He married on 21 June 1824, Elizabeth Anne Campbell (died 8 November 1863), 2nd daughter of Sir Archibald Campbell of Succoth, 2nd Baronet, by his wife Elizabeth Balfour, 1st daughter of John Balfour of Balbirnie; they had children:

  • Capt Hon Alexander Leslie-Melville, Lord Balgonie (19 November 1831 – 29 August 1857),
  • Hon David Archibald Leslie-Melville (14 October 1833 – 20 October 1854),
  • Lady Elizabeth Leslie-Melville (died 25 January 1892), who married on 2 November 1858, Thomas Robert Brook Cartwright (died 23 January 1921), son of Sir Thomas Cartwright GCH, and had issue,
  • Lady Anna Maria Leslie-Melville (died 8 December 1874), who married on 26 April 1865, as his first wife Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, 9th Baronet KT MP, and had issue,
  • Lady Susan Lucy Leslie-Melville, Lady of the Bedchamber to HRH the Princess Christian from 1868 to 1883 (died 8 June 1910)
  • Lady Emily Eleanor Leslie-Melville (22 May 1840 – 11 November 1882), who married on 28 March 1864, John Glencairn Carter Hamilton, 1st Baron Hamilton of Dalzell, and had issue.

He was succeeded by his brother John Thornton Leslie-Melville, 9th Earl of Leven, 8th Earl of Melville (1786–1876).

See also[edit]


Burke's Peerage 107th edition

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Alexander Leslie-Melville
Earl of Leven
Earl of Melville

Succeeded by
John Leslie-Melville