John Leslie, 10th Earl of Rothes

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The Earl of Rothes
John Leslie, 10th Earl of Rothes
Born 1698
Died 10 December 1767
Leslie, Scotland
Buried Leslie, Scotland
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1715–1767
Rank General
Commands held Ireland
Battles/wars War of the Austrian Succession
Awards Knight of the Thistle

General John Leslie, 10th Earl of Rothes KT (1698 – 10 December 1767) was a senior British Army officer who became Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Irish Army between 1758 and 1767.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of the 9th Earl, Leslie was commissioned into the 9th Regiment of Dragoons in 1715.[1] In 1717 he transferred to the 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards.[1]

He became Commanding Officer of the 21st Regiment of Foot in 1721 and inherited his father's title the following year.[1] He became a Scottish representative peer in 1723.[1] In 1732 he took over command of the 25th Regiment of Foot.[1] He fought at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743 and, having transferred to the Horse Grenadier Guards, at the Battle of Rocoux in 1744.[1] In 1751 he transferred to the military staff in Ireland and in 1758 he became Commander-in-Chief, Ireland.[1] His home, Leslie House in the village of Leslie, was seriously damaged by fire in 1763.[2] He died at his home in 1767.[1]


In 1741 he married Hannah Howard; they went on to have two sons and two daughters.[1] Mary, the youngest one, married William Colyear, 3rd Earl of Portmore. In 1763, following the death of his first wife, he married Mary Lloyd.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
John Middleton
Colonel of the Earl of Rothes' Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
The Lord Sempill
Preceded by
The Lord Tyrawley
Captain and Colonel of the
2nd Troop Horse Grenadier Guards

Succeeded by
The Earl of Harrington
Preceded by
The Earl of Stair
Colonel of The Earl of Rothes' Regiment of Dragoons
Succeeded by
Hon. James Cholmondeley
Preceded by
The Earl of Crawford
Colonel of the Royal Regiment of North British Dragoons
Succeeded by
John Campbell
Preceded by
Gervais Parker
Governor of Duncannon
Succeeded by
Lord Robert Bertie
Preceded by
The Earl of Dunmore
Colonel of the 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards
Succeeded by
The Duke of Gloucester
Preceded by
Viscount Molesworth
Commander-in-Chief, Ireland
Succeeded by
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Hamilton-Leslie
Earl of Rothes

Succeeded by
John Leslie