Norman Leslie, 19th Earl of Rothes
Colonel Norman Evelyn Leslie, 19th Earl of Rothes (13 July 1877-29 March 1927), a Scottish
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the...

 representative peer, was the son of Martin Leslie Leslie (fka Martin Leslie Haworth) and Georgina Frances Study.

He married Lucy Noël Martha Dyer-Edwardes
Noël Leslie, Countess of Rothes
Lucy Noël Martha Leslie, Countess of Rothes was the wife of the 19th Earl of Rothes, whom she married on 19 April 1900.-Biography:...

, daughter of Thomas Dyer-Edwardes, Jr, 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.
  • John Wayland Leslie (b. 1909–1991)

Rothes was commissioned into a Militia
The term militia is commonly used today to refer to a military force composed of ordinary citizens to provide defense, emergency law enforcement, or paramilitary service, in times of emergency without being paid a regular salary or committed to a fixed term of service. It is a polyseme with...

 battalion of the Devonshire Regiment in 1895. He was promoted Lieutenant
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 in 1897 and resigned his commission in 1899. In 1905 he was appointed Captain
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 in the Fife Royal Garrison Artillery
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, 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
Black Watch
The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland is an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The unit's traditional colours were retired in 2011 in a ceremony led by Queen Elizabeth II....


During the First World War he fought gallantly, 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 Colonel
Colonel , abbreviated Col or COL, is a military rank of a senior commissioned officer. It or a corresponding rank exists in most armies and in many air forces; the naval equivalent rank is generally "Captain". It is also used in some police forces and other paramilitary rank structures...

in 1918. He sustained injuries during the war from which he never fully recovered. He sold the House in 1919.

In 1927 he died, leaving behind the earldom to his eldest son and provisions for the former, his wife and younger son.
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