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The Leslies resided in England until 1904 when they took possession of the 10,000-acre family seat in Scotland, Leslie House in Leslie, Fife.
Lucy Noël Martha (Noël or Noëlle), Countess of Rothes (née Dyer-Edwards) (25 December 1878 – 12 September 1956) was the wife of the 19th Earl of Rothes.
A noted philanthropist and social leader, she was a heroine of the Titanic disaster, The countess was for many years a popular figure in London society, known for her blonde beauty, bright personality, graceful dancing and the diligence with which she helped organize lavish entertainments patronized by English royalty and members of the nobility.
Born in her parents' townhouse in Kensington, London, on Christmas Day 1878, "Noël," as she sometimes spelled her forename of choice, was the only child of Thomas and Clementina Dyer-Edwardes.
She was brought up at her parents residences, Prinknash Park in Gloucestershire and Chateau de Retival in Normandy and a townhouse in Kensington, London.
In 1916 the earl was wounded in action in France during the First World War and recovered at the Coulter Hospital in London. Noëlle Rothes - or Noël, as the family spells it today - became well known for her prolific charitable work in England and Scotland.
One of her first projects was helping arrange the Royal Caledonian Ball which annually benefited the Royal Caledonian Schools.
The countess was also active for a number of years in fundraising for the Queen Victoria School, the Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital and the Chelsea Hospital for Women.
Noël Dyer-Edwardes married Norman Leslie, 19th Earl of Rothes (pronounced "Roth-ez") on Primrose Day, 19 April 1900 at St Mary Abbots in Kensington, London.
Although wedding announcements in The Sketch and other London papers spelled the bride's name "Noëlle," and she periodically adopted this spelling herself, the family today prefers "Noël," as it appears on her birth certificate The Countess's husband headed one of the oldest peerages in the United Kingdom, dating to before 1457, and was elected a Representative peer for Scotland, a position he held between 19.
The Leslie family earldom was also one of the few which recognized the right of descent through female heirs.
The Clan Leslie motto is "Grip Fast." Lord Rothes was a captain in the Fife Royal Garrison Artillery Militia, a lieutenant in the Royal Highland Regiment, known as the Black Watch, and a lieutenant-colonel in the Highland Cyclist Battalion.