Grip Fast, Paul McCartney & Winstown Churchill

The Leslie Family claim they can trace their ancestry back to Attila the Hun of Hungary through a Hungarian nobleman called Bartholomew Leslie. Bartholomew lived in Scotland during the 1000’s and in an incident of fate saved Margaret Queen of Scotland’s life in 1065. The Queen had fallen off a horse whilst fleeing enemies and Bartholomew shouted to her to grip his buckle which ended up saving her life. After this Margaret bestowed lands and the motto ‘Grip Fast’ to the Leslie family. The first Leslie in Ireland was Bishop John Leslie who moved here in 1633. Leslie was a Royalist who defeated Cromwell’s forces at the Battle of Raphoe and was known as ‘The Fighting Bishop’. He bought Glaslough Castle in 1665 which takes its name from the largest of the nearby lakes. Leslie Castle as you see it today dates largely from 1870 and is Victorian in style facing the south side and Scottish Baronial in style facing the north! The house is still home to the Leslie family. It hit the headlines in 2002 when Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills in the family church located on the estate. Other famous faces have included WB Yeats, Michael Collins, Mick Jagger, Sir Patrick Moore not to mention various members of the Churchill family (to whom the Leslies are related).