General Alexander Leslie, 1st Earl of Leven

The Declaration Of His Excellency The Earl of Leven, the General Officers, and all the inferior Officers and Soldiers of the Scotish Army. Together With their Petition to His Majesty, Presented at Newcastle By the Lord General, the general Officers, and three Commissioners from each Regiment. And His Majesties Answer to the said Petition.

The actions of General Alexander Leslie (c.1580–1661), 1st Earl of Leven, also helped shape Scottish history. General Leslie made a mark as a military commander on the continent, enlisting in the Swedish army in 1608. He was knighted by King Gustavus Adolphus II of Sweden in 1627 and, after a string of military successes in Germany, he returned to Scotland sometime after 1630. Leslie’s loyalty to the Protestant cause inspired him to join the Covenanters, a Scottish Presbyterian movement opposed to the new liturgy imposed on the Scots, against King Charles I in 1639. In  1641, Leslie’s army took Newcastle, enabling him to force Charles to come to a treaty with the Scottish Covenanters.

The actions of General Alexander Leslie (c.1580–1661), 1st Earl of Leven, also helped shape Scottish history. General Leslie made a mark as a military commander on the continent, enlisting in the Swedish army in 1608. He was knighted by King Gustavus Adolphus II of Sweden in 1627 and after a string of military successes in Germany, he returned to Scotland sometime after 1630. Leslie’s loyalty to the Protestant cause inspired him to join the Covenanters, a Scottish Presbyterian movement opposed to the new liturgy imposed on the Scots, against King Charles I in 1639. In  1641, Leslie’s army took Newcastle, enabling him to force Charles to come to a treaty with the Scottish Covenanters.

The Scottish Studies Collection in Archival & Special Collections in McLaughlin Library has several pamphlets that mention General Leslie’s letters on his decision to support Charles I’s kingship.