'Melville02'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Melville of Balgarvie, Melville of Burntisland, Melville of Hallhill, Melville of Leven, Melville of Melville, Melville of Raith, Melville of Monimail (Monymaill), Melville of Murdocairnie (Murdocairney)

Sir John Melville, 4th of Raith (d 13.12.1548, Master of Artillery)
m1. (c07.1503) Margaret Wemyss (dau of Sir John Wemyss of that ilk) first name given on 'Fife (P&H)' (vol 2, p315)
1. William Melville (dvpsp c1547)
  m. (03.04.1541) Margaret Douglas (a 05.1584, sister of Robert Douglas of Lochleven)
2.+ sons (dvp) and daughters
m2. (c1525) Helen Napier (d c1588, dau of Sir Alexander Napier of Edinbellie, younger of Merchiston)
3. John Melville, 5th of Raith (d 03.1605)
  m1. (mcrt 30.06.1563) Isobel Lundie (dau of Walter Lundie of that ilk)
  A. John Melville, 6th of Raith (b c1563, d 01.1626)
m. (mcrt 1584) Margaret Scott (dau of Sir William Scott of Balwearie)
  i. John Melville of Raith, 3rd Lord of Monimail (d 22.05.1643)
  John inherited the barony from his kinsman below.
  m. (mcrt 27.10.1627) Anne Erskine (a 1648, dau of Sir George Erskine of Innerteil)
  a. George Melville, 1st Earl of Melville (b 1636, d 20.05.1707)
  m. (mcrt 17.01.1655) Catherine Leslie (d 02.04.1713, dau of Alexander Leslie, Lord Balgonie, younger of Leven)
  (1) Alexander Melville, Lord Raith, Master of Melville (b 23.12.1655, dvp 26.03.1698)
m. (mcrt 27.08.1689) Barbara Dundas (d 23.02.1419, dau of Walter Dundas of that ilk)
  (A)+ 2 sons (d infant)
  (2) David Melville, 3rd Earl of Leven, 2nd Earl of Melville (b 05.05.1660, d 06.6.1728, Lt. General, 3rd son)
  David inherited the earldom of Leven through his mother. 'LeslieRecords' (identified below) shows David's aunts as the 3rd & 4th Countessess and so numbers David as the 5th Earl of Leven. We follow TSP & BP1934 in numbering him as the 3rd Earl of Leven. Consequently, we differ below with the numberings shown by 'LeslieRecords'.
  m. (mcrt 03.09.1691) Anna Wemyss (d 09.01.1702, dau of James Wemyss, Lord Burntisland)
  (A) George Melville, Lord Balgonie & Raith (b 01.1695, dvp c20.08.1721)
m. (mcrt 27.07.1716) Margaret Carnegie (b 06.12.1696, d 07.07.1722, dau of David Carnegie, 4th Earl of Northesk)
  (i) David Melville, 4th Earl of Leven, 3rd Earl of Melville (b 17.12.1717, d 06.1729)
  (ii) Anne Melville (b 07.04.1721, d 1723)
  (B) Alexander Leslie-Melville, 5th Earl of Leven, 4th Earl of Melville (b c1699, d 02.09.1754)
  m1. (23.02.1721) Mary Erskine (d 12.07.1723, dau of John Erskine of Carnock)
(i) David Leslie-Melville, 6th Earl of Leven, 5th Earl of Melville (b 04.03.1722, d 09.06.1802)
  m. (29.07.1747) Wilhelmina Nisbet (b c1724, d 10.05.1798, dau of William Nisbet of Dirleton)
  (a) Alexander Leslie-Melville, 7th Earl of Leven, 6th Earl of Melville (b 07.11.1749, d 22.02.1820)
  m. (12.08.1784) Jane Thornton (d 13.02.1818, dau of John Thornton of Clapham)
  ((1)) David Leslie-Melville, 8th Earl of Leven, 7th Earl of Melville (b 22.06.1785, d 08.10.1860)
m. (21.06.1824) Elizabeth Anne Campbell (d 06.11.1863, dau of Sir Archibald Campbell, 2nd Bart of Succoth)
  ((A)) Alexander Melville, Lord Balgonie (b 19.11.1831, dvpsp 29.08.1857)
  ((B)) David Archibald Melville (b 14.10.1833, dvp unm 20.10.1854)
  ((C)) Elizabeth Jane Melville (b 13.05.1825, d 25.01.1892)
  m. (02.11.1858) Thomas Robert Brook Cartwright of Aynho
  ((D)) Anna Maria Melville (b 28.12.1826, d 08.12.1874)
  m. (26.04.1865) Sir Sir William Stirling Maxwell, Bart (d 15.01.1878)
  ((E)) Susan Lucy Melville (b 1828, d unm 08.06.1910)
  ((F)) Emily Eleanor Melville (b 05.1840, d 11.11.1882)
m. (28/9.03.1864) John Glencairn Carter Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton of Dalzell (b 16.11.1829, d 15/19.10.1900)
  ((2)) John Thornton Leslie-Melville, 9th Earl of Leven, 8th Earl of Melville (b 18.12.1786, d 16.09.1876) had issue
  m1. (15.09.1812) Harriet Thornton (d 26.07.1832, dau of Samuel Thornton of Clapham)
  m2. (23.04.1834) Sophia Thornton (d 26.06.1887, dau of Henry Thornton of London)
  ((3)) Alexander Leslie-Melville of Branston Hall (b 18.06.1800, d 19.11.1881, 5th son) had issue
  m. (19.10.1825) Charlotte Smith (d 26.04.1879, dau of Samuel Smith of Woodhall Park)
  ((4)) Lucy Leslie-Melville (b 26.01.1794, d 23.12.1865)
  m. (14.07.1824) Henry Smith of Wilford House (b 12.12.1794, d 07.02.1874)
  ((5)) Jane Elizabeth Leslie-Melville (b 16.05.1796, d 25.04.1848)
  m. (13.10.1816) Francis Pym of The Hasells
  ((6)) Marianne Leslie-Melville (b 30.11.1797, dsp 22.03.1823)
  m. (28.08.1822) Abel Smith of Woodhall Park (b 17.07.1788, d 23.02.1859)
  ((7))+ other issue (d unm) - William Henry (b 19.05.1788, d 09.04.1856), Robert Samuel (b 1793, d 24.10.1826, minister), Lucy (b 10.12.1789, d 11.02.1791)
  (b) David Leslie-Melville (b 13.01.1755, dsp 21.10.1838, General, 3rd son )
m. (16.1.1787) Rebecca Gillies (dau of Rev John Gillies)
  (c) John Leslie-Melville, later Cuming (b 20.11.1759, dsp 11.1824, Lt. Gen.)
  m. (13.09.1816) Jane Cuming (dau of Thomas Cuming in Edinburgh)
  (d) George Leslie-Melville (b 21.04.1766, d 08.03.1812)
  m. (27.11.1802) Jacomina Gertrude Van der Graaff (dau of William Jacob Van der Graaff, Governor of Java)
  ((1)) Mary Christiana Leslie-Melville (b 10.11.1803, d 06.11.1892)
  (e) Jane Leslie-Melville (b 01.04.1753, d 28.10.1829)
  m. (09.11.1775) Sir John Wishart Belsches Steuart, Bart of Fettercairn (d 05.12.1810)
  (f) Mary Elizabeth Leslie-Melville (b 04.03.1757, d 01.10.1820)
  m. (08.11.1776) James Ruthven, Lord Ruthven (b 16.12.1733, d 27.12.1789)
  (g)+ other issue - William (b 08.08.1751, d 03.01.1777, Captain), Charlotte (d 1830)
m2. (21.03.1726) Elizabeth Monypenny (b c1699, d 15.05.1783, dau of Alexander Monypenny of Pitmilly)
  (ii) Alexander Leslie-Melville (b 1731, d 27.12.1794, Maj. General, 2nd son)
  m. (23.12.1760) Mary Margaret Tullideph (d 14.10.1761, dau of Walter Tullideph of that ilk)
  (a) Mary Anne Leslie-Melville
  m. (15.06.1787) John Rutherford of Edgertson (b 1748, dsp 1834)
  (iii) Anne Melville (b 27.02.1730, d 08.11.1779)
  m. (30.04.1748) George Carnegie, 6th Earl of Northesk (b 02.08.1716, d 22.01.1792)
  (iv) Elizabeth Melville (b 07.1737, d 10.04.1778)
  m. (10.06.1767) John Hope, 2nd Earl of Hopetoun (b 07.09.1704, d 12.02.1781)
  (v) Mary Melville (a 1818)
  m. (1762) James Walker of Innerdovat
  (vi)+ other issue (d young) - George, Elizabeth (b 03.1735)
  (C) Mary Melville (b 07.1692, bur 29.01.1710)
m. (1708) William Gordon, 2nd Earl of Aberdeen (bpt 22.12.1679, d 30.03.1745)
  (D)+ other issue - James (a 1738), Margaret (b 03.1696, d young)
  (3) James Melville of Balgarvie (b 18.12.1665, d 1706, 5th son)
  m. Elizabeth Moncreiff
  (A) George Melville of Balgarvie
  (B) Margaret Melville
  m. (03.1719) John Erskine of Carnock and Cardross (b 04.11.1695, d 01.03.1768)
  (C)+ other issue - David, son, 3 daughters
  (4) Margaret Melville (b 28.10.1658)
  m. Robert Balfour, 4th Lord Balfour of Burleigh (d 1713)
(5)+ other issue - John (b 28.05.1657, d young), George 24.09.1664, d young), John (b 24.04.1670, d young), Charles (b 27.12.1673, d young), John (b 26.09.1677, d young), Mary (b 07.05.1662), Anna (b 08.03.1668), Katherine (b 01.06.1671)
  b. James Melville of Cassingray (dsp c1706, 3rd son)
  m. (mcrt 07.9.1673) Anne Burnett (dau of Alexander Burnett of Carlops)
  c. Anna Melville (d before 1675)
  m. Thomas Boyd of Penkill
  d.+ other issue - John (dsp before 1675), Isabel (d young), Jean (d before 1650), Catherine (bur unm 18.03.1692)
  ii. James Melville (a 1635)
  m. (mcrt 02.05.1618) Jean Sinclair (widow of George Seton of Parbroath)
  iii. Thomas Melville 'of Murdocairny' (b c1602, d 21.04.1675, minister of Kinglassie, 4th son) ancestor of Melvilles of Cairnie
  m. Jean Gourlay
  a. Jane Melville probably of this generation
  m. John Whyte of Bennochy (d 1695)
  b. 3 sons and 2 daughters
  iv. Jean Melville
  m. (mcrt 1623) Michael Balfour of Grange / Newgrange
  v. Elspeth or Elizabeth Melville
  m. (mcrt 24.05.1616) Robert Murray, Provost of Methven (minister)
vi. Bathia Melville (d 07.1652)
  m. (mcrt 17.09.1634) John Traill, younger of Dinnork
  vii. Margaret Melville
  m. (mcrt 10/12.12.1632) James Scrymgeour of Cartmore
  viii.+ other issue (d unm) - David (d before 25.12.1644), Euphame
  B. Margaret Melville (d 10.1598)
  m. (1585) Sir James Wemyss of Bogie (d c1640)
  C. Isobel Melville (d 21.12.1593)
  m. (1588) George Auchinleck, younger of Balmanno
  m2. (mcrt 30.03.1570) Margaret Bonar (d 10.1574, dau of William Bonar of Rossie)
  D. Agnes Melville (dsp before 15.02.1609)
  m. (mcrt 31.10.1604) John Ramsay of Priorletham
  E. Janet Melville
  m. George Boiswell
  F.+ other issue - Thomas (d c1643), daughter
  m3. Grisell Meldrum (dau of ?? Meldrum of Seggie)
  H. James Melville of Feddinch (d before 1652)
  i.+ 2 daughters
  I. Alison Melville (d before 1627)
  m. David Barclay of Touch
J.+ other issue - Margaret (a 1621), Christian, Katherine
4. Sir Robert Melville of Murdocairnie (Murdocarney), 1st Lord of Monimail (b c1527, d 12.1621)
  m1. Katharine Adamson (dau of William Adamson of Craigcrook)
  A. Sir Robert Melville of Burntisland, 2nd Lord of Monimail (dsp 19.03.1635)
  m1. (mcrt 24/28.10.1584) Margaret Ker (d 24.05.1594, dau of Sir Thomas Ker of Ferniehirst)
  m2. (before 24.02.1601) Jean Hamilton (d 05.1631, dau of Gavin Hamilton of Raploch)
  The title passed to his kinsman above.
  B. Christian Melville (d before 03.1593)
  m. Thomas Oliphant of Hilcairney (d before 03.1593)
  m2. (before 1593) Mary Leslie (d 03/04.1605, dau of Andrew Leslie, 5th Earl of Rothes)
m3. Jean Stewart (a 1642, dau of Robert Stewart, 1st Earl of Orkney)
5. Sir James Melville of Hallhill or Hall Hill (b c1535, d 13.11.1617)
  m. Christine Boswell (dau of David Boswell, 4th of Balmuto)
  A. James Melville of Hallhill
  Provisionally, we follow TSP, supported by 'Fife (P&H)' (vol 1, p243), which identifies his mother as Catherine Learmonth. We originally followed a source which showed his mother as Catherine Colville, and which identified his children other than Sir James, but appear not to have retained that information.
  m1. (after 05.09.1612) Catherine Colville (d 10.06.1614, dau of Alexander Colville, Commendator of Culross)
  i.+ issue (incliuding Anna?)
  m2. (before 1617) Catherine Learmonth (dau of Sir John Learmonth of Birkhill and Balcomie)
  ii. Sir James Melville of Hallhill and Burntisland (d 1664)
  m. Margaret Farquhar
  a. James Melville (dsp before 1714)
  b. Gilbert Melville (a 1714, minister of Arngask and Glendevon)
  iii. Elizabeth or Margaret Melville
  m. John Scott of Scotstarvet (d 07.1668/1670)
  iv.+ other issue - John, Nathaniel, Thomas, William, Robert (dsp by 1714)
  Probably of this generation, but by which wife is unknown, was ...
ix. Jean Melville
  m. (30.05.1642) John Wardlaw of Abden (b 1600, d 03.1663)
  B. Robert Melville (d c1652, minister of Simprin)
  m. Catherine Melville
  i.+ issue - John (a 06.1648), Margaret
  C. Elizabeth Melville
  m. John Colville, Commendator of Culross (b 1573, d before 1650)
  D. Margaret or Mary Melville
  'Fife (P&H)' (vol 1, p243) suggests that this was the Margaret who was 2nd wife of Sir John Scot of Scotstarvit. We show that Margaret a generation later and follow TSP (vol 6, p92) in showing this Margaret as wife of ...
  m. (mcrt 27.12.1589) Sir Andrew Balfour of Strathor, 4th of Munquhanny (dsp)
6. David Melville of Newmill (dsp 10.1594)
  m. (mcrt 12.09.1589) Margaret Douglas (sister of Robert Douglas of Annaquhroche)
7. Walter Melville (d young)
8. Sir Andrew Melville of Garvock (d 05.1617)
  m1. Jane Kennedy
  m2. Elizabeth Hamilton (a 1626)
A. Sir George Melville had issue
  B.+ other issue - William, Henry
9. William Melville (d 13.10.1613, Commendator of Tongland, Lord of Session)
  m. (before 07.1594) Anna Lindsay (widow of James Murray of Pardewis)
  A.+ issue - Frederick, daughter
10. Janet Melville shown by both BP1934 and TSP --
  m. Sir James Kirkcaldy of Grange (Treasurer of Scotland) --
11. Katherine Melville (d 1558) shown by TSP but not by BP1934
  m1. (sp) Robert White of Maw
  m2. (1553) John Brown of Fordell (d 02.07.1602)
12. Margaret Melville as shown by BP1934, shown by TSP as a second Janet
  m. (mcrt 25.03.1564) Sir James Johnstone of Elphinstone
  A. Margaret Johnstone
  m. (1595) Adam Colt of Inveresk
partner unknown
13. John Melville

Main source(s): TSP ('Melville, Earls of Leven and Melville'), BP1934 ('Leven') with some support (from David, Earl of Leven) from 'Historical Records of the Family of Leslie from 1067 to 1868-9' by Colonel Leslie of Balquhain (vol 3, 1869, p366+) which is referred to above as 'LeslieRecords' (see here)
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