Source: Chaplains in the Jurisdiction of the Presidency of Fort St George from 1647 to 1805 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: RICHARD LESLIE was born in 1748. His father was. James Leslie, Bishop of Limerick. He matriculated at Wadham College Oxford in 1765, but did not proceed to a degree. Being ordained by his father in 1769 he was made Prebendary of Killeedy in the diocese of Limerick on the 3rd of October in that year, and on the following day was made Archdeacon of Aghadoe in the diocese of Ardfert. Later on he was appointed a Chaplain in the Royal Navy; like some of his predecessors at Fort St. George he happened to be on duty in the neighbourhood when a Chaplain was required there. The death of William Bainbrigge in 1783 made the vacancy which Leslie was invited to fill by the local Government. He remained at Fort St. George till October 1801, when he obtained three years leave to Europe. He did not remain the whole period of his leave, but returned to Fort St. George in August 1803, and died of heat apoplexy in June 1804. He died intestate, and the administration of his estate was granted to Mr. George Baillie, a bond creditor.