Earldom of Melville
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Creation date1690
Created byWilliam I
PeeragePeerage of Scotland
First holderGeorge Melville
Present holderAlexander Ian Leslie-Melville
Heir presumptiveArchibald Leslie-Melville
Remainder tothe 1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titlesViscount of Kirkaldie
Lord Melville of Monymaill
Lord Balgonie
Lord Raith, Monymaill and Balwearie (1690)
Seat(s)Glenferness House
Former seat(s)Melville House
George Melville, 1st Earl of Melville.

Earl of Melville is a title in the Peerage of Scotland. It was created in 1690 for the Scottish soldier and statesman George Melville, 4th Lord Melville. He was made Lord Raith, Monymaill and Balwearie and Viscount of Kirkcaldy at the same time, also in the Peerage of Scotland. He married Catherine Leslie, daughter of Alexander Leslie, Lord Balgonie, and granddaughter of Alexander Leslie, 1st Earl of Leven. Lord Melville was succeeded upon his death in 1707 by his eldest surviving son, David, who already in 1681 had succeeded to the earldom of Leven through his mother. The two earldoms have since remained united. For further history of the titles, see Earl of Leven.[1]

The title Lord Melville, of Monymaill, was created in the Peerage of Scotland in 1616 for Robert Melville, an Extraordinary Lord of Session under the judicial title Lord Murdochairnie, with remainder to his elder brother, John Melville. He was succeeded by his son, Robert, the second Lord. He was a Lord of Session under the judicial title Lord Burntisland. In 1628 he obtained a regrant of the title with remainder to his heirs general bearing the name of Melville. Lord Melville died childless and was succeeded by his first cousin once removed, John Melville, the third Lord, grandson of the aforementioned John Melville, elder brother of the first Lord. The third Lord was succeeded by his son, the aforementioned fourth Lord, who was created Earl of Melville in 1690.

Lords Melville (1616)

Earls of Melville (1690)

For further Earls of Melville, see Earl of Leven.

See also


  1. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Leven and Melville, Earls of" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 508.