Leslie's father, the 6th earl, was in high favour with Charles I but died in 1641 at the age of 41. Leslie marched south with Charles II in 1651 and was taken prisoner at Worcester. At the Restoration, honours were showered upon him. He became president of the council [S] 1660, lord high treasurer [S] 1663, captain‐general of the forces [S] 1664. In 1667, through Lauderdale's influence, he was dismissed from office but made lord chancellor [S] for life. In 1680, when the duke of York was in Scotland, Rothes was created duke [S] but died the following year.
Subjects: British History.