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Viscount Kirkaldie

Viscount Kirkaldie

A carte-de-visite portrait of Viscount Kirkaldie, 9th Earl of Leven and 8th Earl of Melville.

Viscount Kirkaldie is the courtesy title held by the heir of the Earl of Leven.

John Thornton Leslie-Melville was born on 19 December 1786, the son of Alexander Leslie-Melville, later 9th Earl of Leven, and his wife, Jane née Thornton. He succeeded his brother on 8 October 1860, becoming the 11th Earl of Leven.

He married, firstly, on 15 September 1812, Harriet Thornton, daughter of Samuel Thornton. She died on 26 July 1832. He married, secondly, Sophie Thornton, daughter of Henry Thornton, on 23 April 1834. Both marriages produced children.

He died on 9 September 1876 and was succeeded by his son, Alexander Melville (born 1817).

Photographed by Camille Silvy of London.


Code: 124744
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