Sir John Leslie, 2nd Baronet

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Sir John Leslie, 2nd Baronet
Lord Lieutenant of Monaghan
In office
18 March 1921 – 1922
Preceded by Baron Rossmore
High Sheriff of Monaghan
In office
Preceded by Anketell Moutray
Succeeded by John Clements Waterhouse Madden
Personal details
Born (1857-08-07)7 August 1857
Died 25 January 1944(1944-01-25) (aged 86)
Glaslough, Eire, Ireland
Leonie Blanche Jerome
(m. 1884; her death 1943)
Relations George Dawson-Damer (grandfather)
Charles Powell Leslie (uncle)
Children 5
Parents Sir John Leslie, 1st Baronet
Lady Constance Dawson-Damer
Residence Castle Leslie, County Monaghan, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Alma mater Eton College

Sir John Leslie, 2nd Baronet CBE JP DL (7 August 1857 – 25 January 1944) was an Anglo-Irish soldier and baronet.[1]

Early life[edit]

Leslie was born on 7 August 1857.[2] He was the only son of Sir John Leslie, 1st Baronet, and Lady Constance Wilhelmina Frances Dawson-Damer. His father was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Monaghan from 1871 to 1880 and was created a baronet in 1876.[3][4] After his father's death in January 1916, Leslie succeeded his father as the 2nd Baronet Leslie, of Glaslough.[5]

His maternal grandfather was Colonel George Lionel Dawson-Damer and his paternal uncle was Charles Powell Leslie, also a Member of Parliament.[5] His ancestor, the Right Reverend John Leslie, Bishop of the Isles, moved from Scotland to Ireland in 1633 when he was made Bishop of Raphoe in County Donegal and was subsequently made Bishop of Clogher in 1661.[2]


Leslie was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards, with whom he served as a lieutenant at the Battle of Tel el Kebir in 1882, distinguishing himself under fire. After fighting in South Africa during the Second Boer War in 1900,[1] he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers in April 1902,[6] and later became honorary colonel of the battalion.[7]

He served as High Sheriff of Monaghan in 1905 and was also a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for the county.[8] The Leslies were opposed to the Home Rule movement. Leslie led the Monaghan Militia in the 1890s and he allowed the Ulster Volunteer Force drill at the demesne in 1914.[9]

Personal life[edit]

On 2 October 1884 in New York City, with disapproval from both families, Leslie married Leonie Blanche Jerome (1859–1943), daughter of the wealthy American financier Leonard Jerome and Clarissa (née Hall) Jerome.[10] Leonie's sister was Jennie, wife of Lord Randolph Churchill and mother of Winston Churchill.[10] Leslie and his wife had five children:[2]

The Leslie family were one of the largest land-owning families in the late 19th century. Their holdings comprised 70,000 acres (280 km2) in counties Cavan, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Meath and Tyrone.[9] In his second autobiographical book, Lionel recounted various anecdotes about his immediate family and their home at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan.[16]

Sir John Leslie died in Glaslough, Eire in Ireland on 25 January 1944.[1]


Through his eldest son,[12] he was the grandfather of Anita Theodosia Moira Rodzianko King (1914–1985), a novelist who married Commander Bill King; Sir John Leslie, 4th Baronet (1916–2016), popularly known as Sir Jack Leslie, who never married;[13] and Desmond Arthur Leslie (1921–2001), a pilot and film maker.[17]


  1. ^ a b c "COL. SIR JOHN LESLIE; Irish Baronet, 86, Wed Leonie Jerome, Aunt of Churchill" (PDF). The New York Times. January 26, 1944. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Mosley, Charles (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd.
  3. ^ "No. 24295". The London Gazette. 18 February 1876. p. 760.
  4. ^ Burke, John; Burke, Bernard (1842). A General Armory of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Edward Churton. p. 590. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Sir John Leslie, 2nd Bt". The Peerage. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  6. ^ "No. 27429". The London Gazette. 29 April 1902. p. 2865.
  7. ^ Melville Henry Massue marquis de Ruvigny et Raineval (1994). The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: Being a Complete Table of All the Descendants Now Living of Edward III, King of England. The Clarence volume. Genealogical Publishing Co. p. 140. ISBN 978-0-8063-1432-7.
  8. ^ Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Companionage. Burke's Peerage Limited. 1914. p. 1204. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  9. ^ a b Dooley, Terence (2001). The Decline of the Big House in Ireland. Wolfound Press Ltd. ISBN 0-86327-850-7.
  10. ^ a b "MISS LEONIE JEROME MARRIED TO A LIEUTENANT IN THE GRENADIER GUARDS AND THE SON OF A PEER" (PDF). The New York Times. October 2, 1884. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  11. ^ MARQUES, PAULO L. (2011). O Marquês de Soveral - Seu Tempo e Seu Modo (in Portuguese). Leya. p. 303. ISBN 9724743543. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  12. ^ a b "SIR SHANE LESLIE, 89, BRITISH AUTHOR, DIES" (PDF). The New York Times. August 14, 1971. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "Sir John Leslie, Bt – obituary". The Telegraph. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  14. ^ Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage. Kelly's Directories. 1973. p. 1742. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  15. ^ Work Out English GCSE KS4. Macmillan International Higher Education. 2016. p. 73. ISBN 9781349138364. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  16. ^ Leslie, Lionel (1961), One Man's World. Pall Mall Press, London.
  17. ^ "Second world war veteran Sir John Leslie dies aged 99". The Irish Times. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Leslie
(of Glaslough)
Succeeded by
John Randolph Leslie