King Malcolm Canmore III granted estates in Fife and Angus to his favoured Bartholomew. Make your way north east to Leslie. Originally called Fythkill, these lands were acquired by Bartholomew's great-grandson, Sir Norman Lesley, and later in 1396 the Barony of Fythkill was granted to Sir George Leslie for an annual rent of a pair of gloves.
At some point the name Fythkill was changed to Leslie. Here you will find the remains of the Palace of Leslie. The least damaged wing from the fire in 1763 was rebuilt in 1767 and this building, Leslie House, was the seat of the Earls of Rothes until 1919. It now belongs to the Church of Scotland and is a retirement home.
Further east is Balgonie Castle, now privately owned, which was built by Sir Thomas Sibbald of Balgonie, Lord High Treasurer of Scotland, in the 14th century. It is one of the finest tower houses in Scotland with crenulated battlement and corbie stepped gables. Sir Alexander Leslie purchased the castle in 1635 and in 1641 he was created Earl of Leven and Lord Balgonie. He was also Field Marshall to the Swedish Crown, serving for the first 20 years of the Thirty Years War. On his return to Scotland, Leslie was appointed Lord General of the Scottish Army of the Covenant during the English Civil War.
Travel north to Abernethy, where you’ll find the baronial lands of Ballinbreich. Ruins of the castle can be seen on the shore of the Firth of Tay on private land. George Leslie, a Lord of Parliament, Lord Leslie of Leven in 1445, united all his lands into the barony of Ballinbreich.
On your way you can visit the seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, Blair Castle. It is set in majestic grounds in the heart of highland Perthshire. It has extensive collections of arms and armour, pictures, furniture, porcelain, embroidery and family memorabilia and although a private home is open to the public. In the early 17th century George Leslie of Balgonie was Captain of Blair Castle. Many of the Leslie clan became soldiers serving in many European countries in this period.