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LINDORES, Baron, a title (dormant) in the peerage of Scotland, conferred in 1600, on Patrick Leslie, eldest son of the Hon. Sir Patrick Leslie of Pitcairly, second son of the fourth earl of Rothes. In 1574, on the retirement of John Leslie, the celebrated bishop of Ross, to the continent, Sir Patrick received the abbacy of Lindores in commendam, which had been held by him. He was high in favour with James VI., who, besides knighting him, appointed him one of the gentlemen of his bedchamber. He also received various grants of land in fife and other counties. In Douglas’ Peerage (Wood’s edition, vol. ii. page 120) it is stated that he was created a lord of parliament by the title of Lord Lindores, to him and his heirs male whatever, 25th December 1600. But it appears that it was his eldest son Patrick who had the abbacy of Lindores erected into a temporal lordship in his favour, and was created Lord Lindores 31st March of that year. He was, however, for a time only styled master of Lindores, in consequence of his father taking the title during his life. by his wife, Lady Jean Stewart, second daughter of Robert, earl of Orkney, Sir Patrick had, with five daughters, five sons. The latter were, besides Patrick, Lord Lindores, James, styled third lord; Robert, who, after the abolition of episcopacy in Scotland, got a nineteen years’ lease of the revenues of the bishopric of Orkney in 1641; Colonel Ludovick Leslie, who served in the German wars under Gustavus Adolphus, and was governor of Berwick in 1648; and David, Lord Newark (see NEWARK, Lord).

      The eldest son, Patrick, Lord Lindores, died, without issue, in 1649, and was succeeded by his brother, James, third lord, who died before 20th July 1667. His son John became fourth Lord Lindores, and soon after his succeeding to the title, a great portion of the lands of Lindores were apprised in favour of John Bayne of Pitcairly, in consequence of debts incurred by his lordship’s father. The fourth lord died in 1706, leaving a son, David, fifth lord, who died without issue in July 1719, when the title devolved on the heir male, Alexander Leslie of Quarter, great-grandson of the Hon. Sir John Leslie of Newton, a younger brother of Sir Patrick Leslie, the commendator, styled first Lord Lindores.

      This Sir John Leslie was a lord of session (admitted 13th November 1641) under the title of Lord Newton, and in 1645 was appointed one of the commissioners of the exchequer in Scotland. Having acted as lieutenant-colonel of the king’s horse-guards, and joined in the ‘Engagement,’ for the rescue of Charles I. in 1648, he was deprived of his offices by the act of classes in 1649. With one of his sons, he was killed at the storming of Dundee, by General Monk, 1st September 1651. His second son, Andrew Leslie, a major in the army, acquired the lands of Quarter, in the parish of Burntisland, and died in 1669, leaving a son, John Leslie of Quarter, who son, Alexander, succeeded as sixth Lord Lindores. His lordship had the rank of major-general in the army, 24th February 1761, and died at London, 3d September 1765.

      His son, Francis-John, seventh lord, had a company in the marine forces in March 1757, and died 30th June 1775, without issue, when the title was claimed by the heir-male, John Leslie of Lumquhat, the fourth in descent from James Leslie of Lumquhat, an officer in the 26th regiment of foot, third son of Lord Newton above mentioned. He voted as Lord Lindores at several elections of representative peers, without challenge, but at the general election, 24th July 1790, his votes were objected to, and the House of Lords, 6th June 1793, resolved, although on what ground is not apparent, that “the votes given by the Lord Lindores at the said election were not good.” The title is, in consequence, considered to have remained dormant since the death of the 7th baron in 1775, and is said to be represented by Sir Charles Henry Leslie of Wardes and Findrassie, baronet. The lands are all in the hands of other families.

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