LESLIE, WALTER [SSNE 304]
- First name
- BALQUHAIN, ABERDEENSHIRE
- Social status
Walter Leslie (1606-1667) was the fifth son, second from a third marriage, of John Leslie, 10th Baron of Balquhain. Leslie is listed as a Scottish count who entered Danish service in 1628 at the seige of Stralsund. Though brought up a Scottish Calvinist, by 1631 Leslie was in Imperial service and was captured by the Swedes at the battle of Lutzen, after which he was ransomed. In 1634, Leslie was involved in Wallenstein's murder and was rewarded by being made a Count of the Empire. In doing so he converted to Catholicism. Leslie had many commands and acted in a diplomatic capacity as Envoy to Constantinople. Leslie married Anna Francisca Fursten Dietrichstein, but had no children. He died in Viena in 1667. He was possibly a brother of John Leslie of Baquhain who was in Russian service [SSNE 3984].
J.C.W. Hirsch and K. Hirsch (eds.), 'Fortegnelse over Dansk og Norske officerer med flere fra 1648 til 1814 (12 vols. compiled 1888-1907), VI,vol.4; T. Riis, Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot (Odense, 1988), II, p.91.
In 1647 he wrote a letter to an unnamed recipient in Sweden. See Riksarkivet, Skoklostersamlingen II. Carl Gustaf Wrangels arkiv. (RA/720795.010) Volym E 8558b 1647