NameSir Norman de LESLIE Knight , M
Birth PlaceLeslie, Garioch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death Datebef 1320
Death PlaceLeslie, Garioch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Spouses
ChildrenAndrew , M (~1290-1324)
Notes for Sir Norman de LESLIE Knight
Sir Norman, who succeeded, though at what date is not certain, but he is styled Sir Norman of Leslie, Knight as a witness to a charter in the Register of Arbroath, of uncertain date, but not later than 1269.

There is no other mention of Sir Norman until 1296, when he did homage to King Edward I at Aberdeen on 15 July in that year, and again on 28 August.

He appears in the earlier part of the struggle for independence to have joined the English party, as Edward I appointed him sheriff of Aberdeen, and he was summoned to the English Parliament as such in 1305. He is said, however, to have joined Bruce before december 1314.

He was apparently alive on 19 June 1317, and died between that date and 1320, when his son was Lord of Leslie.

His wife is not certainly known. One authority asserts that he married Elizabeth Leith, heiress of Edengarioch, while another alleges that he married the heiress of Rothes.

He had issue, so far as recorded, one son,

Sir Andrew, who succeeded.

According to the family historians, Sir Norman had two daughters

Margaret, married to Sir John Innes of Innes, and
Ann, married to Sir Alexander Dunbar of Westfield, but dates will not admit of this.

Source: THE SCOTS PEERAGE, ed. by Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol VII, Edinburgh, 1906, p. 268
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Norman succeeded Norino as fifth possessor of the lands of Leslie. It appears that he was the first of the family who was distinguished by the surname of Leslie; for while his predecessors had only been known either by their patronymics, or by the offices which they held, such as that of Constable of Inverurie, he is styled in all public document “Norman de Lesley, dominue de Lesley” or “dominus ejusdem.”

Normal de Leslie also received the honour of knighthood. The Laurus Leslaeana states that Sir Norman de Leslie received from King Alexander III the gift of the forest of Leslie in the king’s forest, 4th December 1282.. Douglas states that he also got Fitekill, now called Leslie in Fife, from the same king.

It is recorded in the “Ragman’s Roll” that King Edward I of England arrived at Aberdeen on Saturday, 14th July 1293, and that on the morrow, the 15th, there swore fealty to him at that place - Sir Norman de Lesselyn, Chevalier, Sir Alexander Lamberton, and others; and that on Monday the 16th, and the following days, Sir Gilbert de la Haye, sir Hugh de la Haye, Sir William Innes, and on the 19th, Henry, Bishop of Aberdeen, performed the like homage to the English king.

Sir Norman de Leslie was one of those summoned by King Edward to attend the parliament held at Berwick, 24th August 1296 ... King Edward appointed Sir Normal de Leslie sheriff of his native country of Aberdeen in 1305.

Sir Norman de Leslie, however, availed himself of an early opportunity of returning to his rightful allegiance. He sat in the parliament which was held by King Robert Bruce at Cambuskenneth, 6th December 1314, and signed the decree of forfeiture issued by that parliament against all whose who refused to return to their allegiance after the battle Bannockburn.

The Laures Leslaeana does not mention the name of the wife of Sir Norman de Leslie. In Douglas’ Peerage, however, it is stated that he married Elizabeth Leith, heiress of Edengarioch in Aberdeenshire; while Shaw, in his History of Moray, on the other hand, says that “in the end of the reign of Alexander III (about 1280) Norman Lesley, son of Lesley in the Garioch, married the daughter and heiress, it is said, of Watson of Roshes.” Whichever of these accounts be correct, it is at all events certain that Norman de Leslie had a son -

Andrew, his successor
. ...

In Douglas’s Peerage it is states that Sir Norman had also two daughters:

1. Margaret, married to Sir John Innes of Innes
2. Ann, married to Sir Alexander Dunbar of Westfield.

... Sir Norman de Leslie is a contracting party to the marriage agreement of his son Sir Andrew de Leslie with Mary Abernethy, in 1313.

Sir Norman de Leslie died before 1320, in which year the name of his son, sir Andrew de Leslie, Dominus Ejusdem, appears in the list of the greater barons of Scotland, who in that year addressed their memorable letter of remonstrance to the Pope.

Source: HISTORICAL RECORDS of the FAMILY OF LESLIE from 1067 to 1868-9, by Colonel Charles Joseph Leslie, K.H. of Balquhain, Vol. 1, pp. 15-18
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