Sir John Leslie, 2nd Baronet (7 August 1857 – 25 January 1944).
Leslie was the only son of five children born to Sir John Leslie,
1st Baronet, and Lady Constance Wilhelmina Frances Dawson-Damer. He
was educated initially at a preparatory school and then at Eton. Leslie
described his experience of Eton as 'gruesome, particularly the
corporal punishment and the teasing of Irish pupils around St Patrick's Day. He subsequently attended
Cambridge. He was
commissioned into the Grenadier Guards, with whom he served
as a lieutenant at the
Battle of Tel el Kebir in 1882, distinguishing himself under fire.
The Leslies were opposed to the Home Rule movement.
Leslie led the Monaghan Militia in the 1890s and he allowed the Ulster Volunteer Force drill at
the demesne in 1914. The
Leslie family were one of the largest land-owning families in the
late 19th century. Their holdings comprised 70,000 acres (280 km²)
in counties Cavan,
Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Meath and Tyrone. They
travelled to London quite frequently with a retinue of nurses,
butlers and other staff. The family were educated at home. On 2
October 1884 in New York
with the active disapproval of both families, Leslie married Leonie
Blanche Jerome, daughter of Leonard Jerome and Clarissa Hall.
Leonie's sister was Jennie, wife of Sir Randolph
Churchill and mother of Winston Churchill. Leslie and his
wife had four sons: Sir John Randolph Shane Leslie, 3rd Baronet;
Captain Norman Jerome Beauchamp Leslie (1886-1914); Seymour William
Leslie (1889-1979); Lionel Alistair David Leslie (1900-1987).
Sir John Leslie, 4th
Baronet (born 6 December 1916), the eldest son, and
only surviving child, of the late Sir John Randolph Shane Leslie,
3rd Baronet, and Marjorie Ide. He became the fourth baronet when
his father died in 1971. Leslie was educated at Downside School
and Magdalene College,
Cambridge. He has never married or had children. Leslie has an
elder sister, Anita Theodosia Moira Rodzianko King, and a younger
brother, Desmond Arthur Peter Leslie, both since deceased. One of
Leslie's sons or grandsons will inherit the baronetcy in due
course given that the 4th Baronet has no heir.
^Dooley, Terence (2001). The Decline
of the Big House in Ireland. Wolfound Press Ltd. ISBN