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  • ID: I3495
  • Name: George Leslie
  • Suffix: 1st Earl of Rothes
  • Sex: M
  • Death: ABT 1490
  • HONO: 1457
  • Note: Created Earl
  • Note: 1

    Through his father and mother (Christian Seton) was descended from both the royal families of Bruce and Stewart.
    He was three times married. After he had lived nearly twenty years in wedlock with his second wife, a daughter of Lord Halyburton of Dirleton, he grew tired of her, and raised an action before the Consistory Court of St. Andrews, for the dissolution of the marriage on the convenient and common plea at that time, that he and his wife were related within the forbidden degrees of kindred [I don?t see how], and that consequently their marriage was null and void from the first. A divorce could be obtained on this ground at that period with the utmost facility, and was a matter of everyday occurrence. But a formidable difficulty presented itself in regard to the position of the children born under the marriage, who would be declared illegitimate if it should be dissolved. As the Earl's eldest son, Andrew, had married into the powerful family of St. Clair, it was not to be expected that they would patiently acquiesce in a decision which deprived him and his children of their rights. It was ultimately decided by the arbiter to whom the case was referred by mutual consent, that the Earl should obtain a divorce, but that the legitimacy of his offspring should be preserved by his judicial deposition that he did not know of the relationship between him and his wife, till after the birth of all their children.
  • _UID: B97E70514CE94AE1985A609D4A41B5E86F53
  • Change Date: 6 JUN 2005



    Father: Norman Leslie b: ABT 1380
    Mother: Christian Seton

    Marriage 1 Margaret Lundin
    • Married: ABT 1435
    Children
    1. Has Children Margaret Leslie

    Marriage 2 Christian Halyburton
    • Married: 1440
    • Divorced: ABT 1460
    • Note: Date taken from after 20 yrs of marriage
    Children
    1. Has Children William Leslie
    2. Has Children Elizabeth Leslie
    3. Has Children Christian Leslie
    4. Has Children Andrew Leslie

    Sources:
    1. Text: Richard Hodgson research notes 2005
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