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Melville, Earl of (S, 1690)


Creation: let.pat. 8 Apr 1690


Family name: Melville later Leslie-Melville




See Earl of Leven



George [Melville], 4th Lord Melville of Moneymaill later 1st Earl of Melville

only son and heir of John [Melville], 3rd Lord Melville of Moneymaill, by his wife Anne Erskine, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Sir George Erskine of Innerteil, a Lord of Session 1617-46




18 Jan 1655 Lady Catherine Leslie (d. 2 Apr 1713), sister and hrss. of Alexander [Leslie], 2nd Earl of Leven, only dau. of Col Hon Alexander Leslie, styled Lord Balgonie (by his wife Lady Margaret Leslie, 2nd dau. of John [Leslie], 6th Earl of Rothes), 1st surv. son and heir ap. of Alexander [Leslie], 1st Earl of Leven, by his wife Agnes Renton, dau. of David Renton, of Billie, co. Berwick


1. Hon Alexander Melville, styled Lord Raith, Treasurer Depute of Scotland (b. 23 Dec 1655; dvp. and sp. 27 Mar 1698), mar. 17 Aug 1689 Barbara Dundas (d. 23 Feb 1719), dau. of Walter Dundas

2. Hon David Melville later Leslie, later 5th Earl of Leven later 2nd Earl of Melville

3. Hon James Melville of Balgarvie, mar., and had issue

1. Lady Margaret Melville, mar. Robert [Balfour], 4th Lord Balfour of Burleigh, and had issue


20 May 1707


8 Apr 1690 Lord Raith, Moneymaill and Balwearie, Viscount of Kirkaldie and Earl of Melville

suc. by



took part in the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion; found guilty of treason and his titles forfeited 1685 ; fled to Holland and joined the Prince of Holland; returned with him to England and restored to his titles 1689; Secretary of State for Scotland 1689-90; High Commissioner to the Scottish Parliament 1690; Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland 1691-96; President of the Scottish Council 1696-1702; a Commissioner for executing the office of Lord High Admiral of Scotland, a Commissioner for auditing the accounts of the Scottish Treasury and a Commissioner to visit Scottish universities, colleges and schools 1697


David [Melville later Leslie], 5th Earl of Leven later 2nd Earl of Melville


suc. as 5th Earl of Leven on 27 Jul 1681 in accordance with the terms of the 1665 regrant; suc. his father as 2nd Earl of Melville 20 May 1707


The Earldom of Melville has been held by the Earls of Leven since 20 May 1707


 First written 22 Mar 2004



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