Clan Leslie of Scotland; descended from Bartolf a noble warrior from Hungary who went to Scotland in 1067 with the mercenary army of Edgar the Aetheling, claimant to the Crown of England, and whose sister Margaret married Malcolm III, King of Scotland. Malcolm made Bartolf governor of Edinburgh Castle and granted him lands in Fife, Angus, the Mearns and Aberdeenshire. According to legend, Bartolf was carrying Queen Margaret across a river on his horse, and when the queen almost fell, he shouted “Grip fast” and she took hold of his belt buckle. From this comes the motto and the buckles in the arms. He built a castle at Lesselyn in Garioch, Aberdeenshire. From this came the name Leslie and Lesley. George Lesley was created Baron Lesley of Leven in 1445, and Earl of Rothes in 1448.
Arms: Argent, on a bend azure, three buckles or (for Leslie); optional quartering with Abernethy, viz. or, a lion rampant gules, surmounted of a ribband sable.
Crest: A demi-griffin proper, beaked, armed and winged or.
Motto: Grip fast.