David Leslie, the son of the 1st Earl of Lindores, was born in about 1600. After serving with Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden in the Thirty Years War he returned in 1643 to fight for the Parliamentary forces in the Civil War and took part in their victory at Marston Moor (July, 1644). In 1645 Leslie defeated the Earl of Montrose at Philiphaugh (September, 1645) and in 1647 became Lieutenant General of the Scots army.
On the Restoration Leslie was released from captivity and granted the title Baron Newark. David Leslie, 1st Baron Newark, died in 1682.