The Earl of Leven and Melville died 7 April, 2012 aged 87. He was the 16th Earl of Leven (Peerage of Scotland), created in 1641, and the 13th Earl of Melville (also Peerage of Scotland) created in 1690.
Alexander Robert Leslie-Melville was born 13 May 1924, son of the 15th Earl, a Knight of the Thistle, by his wife, and kinswoman, the former Lady Rosamund Foljambe, daughter of the 1st Earl of Liverpool.
He succeeded to his father's peerages, 15 Jan 1947; married 1953, Susan Steuart-Menzies, by whom he had issue, 2 sons and 1 daughter.
He was predeceased in 2007 by his elder son, David, styled Lord Balgonie, and the earldoms and other peerages now devolve upon his grandson, Alexander Ian Leslie-Melville, styled Lord Balgonie, who was born 29 Nov, 1984.