Birth Name: Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie
Place of Birth: Aberdeen, Scotland
Date of Birth: 9 February, 1987
Ethnicity: Scottish, English, Welsh, 1/8th Mexican, small amount of Irish and French Huguenot, distant Basque
Rose Leslie is a Scottish actress. She is known for her roles on the series Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey.
Rose is the daughter of Candida Mary Sibyl (Weld) and Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, who is the Aberdeenshire Chieftain of Clan Leslie. She is the third of five children. Rose is married to English actor Kit Harington.
Rose’s paternal grandfather was Captain Anthony Thomas Stainton (the son of Ernest Leslie Stainton and Claudia Annie Powell). Ernest was the son of Thomas Stainton and Annie Hudson. Claudia was the daughter of David Powell and Mary Jane Jenkins.
Rose’s paternal grandmother was Mary Luz Leslie Anda Arbuthnot-Leslie (the daughter of William Douglas Arbuthnot Leslie/Arbuthnot-Leslie, Lord, and of María de la Luz de Landa y Osio). William was the son of George Arbuthnot/Arbuthnot-Leslie and Mary Rose Leslie. Rose’s great-grandmother María de la Luz, Mme de Mier, was known throughout Spain as the “Grand Luz;” she was the daughter of Mexican parents, Don Guillermo de Landa y Escandón, a wealthy aristocrat who served as a Mayor of Mexico City, and Sofía de Ossio y del Barrio. Guillermo’s paternal grandfather, Jose María Landa Urquiza, was a Basque from Bilbao.
Rose’s maternal grandfather was Humphrey Joseph Giles Weld (the son of Humphrey Frederick Joseph Weld and Elinor Mary Trefine de la Poer). Rose’s great-grandfather Humphrey was born in Chideock, Dorset, England, the son of Sir Frederick Aloysius Weld, GCMG, who served as Prime Minister of New Zealand, from 24 November, 1864 to 16 October, 1865, among other duties; and of Filumena March/Anne Lisle Philipps. Rose’s great-grandmother Elinor was the daughter of Edmond James de Poher de la Poer and Mary Augusta Olivia Monsell.
Rose’s maternal grandmother was Frances Mary Fraser (the daughter of Alastair Thomas Joseph Fraser and Sybil Grimston). Alastair was the son of Simon Fraser, 13th Baron Lovat, and of Alice Mary Weld-Blundell. Sybil was the daughter of James Walter Grimston, 3rd Earl of Verulam, and of Margaret Frances (Graham) Grimston, Countess of Verulam.
Among Rose’s prominent ancestors are Frederick Weld, a New Zealand politician; politician Charles March-Phillipps; Ambrose Lisle March Phillipps De Lisle, who founded Mount St. Bernard Abbey; Charles Clifford, 6th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh; Simon Fraser, 13th Lord Lovat; the de la Poer family; James Grimston, 3rd Earl of Verulam; and Charles II of England (1630-1685), who was King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, from 1660 to 1685, and King of Scotland, from 1649 to 1651.
Though her descent from Charles II, Rose is a distant cousin of Australian actor Dacre Montgomery, and of her husband Kit Harington, who are also descended from Charles II.
Leslie grew up in Lickleyhead Castle, before moving to England for school. Rose’s great-grandfather William Douglas Arbuthnot Leslie was a descendant of the original Leiths of Lickleyhead, and Rose’s father owns the castle. Her family also own Warthill Castle in Abeerdenshire.
Genealogy of Rose Leslie – http://www.geni.com