David Leslie-Melville, 3rd Earl of Leven and 3rd Earl of Melville (5 May 1660 – 6 June 1728) was a Scots aristocrat, politician, and soldier.
In 1683 Leven and his father were suspected of complicity in the Rye House Plot, a Whig conspiracy to assassinate Charles II and his brother James, Duke of York. To escape arrest they fled to the Netherlands where they joined the band of British Protestant exiles at the court of Prince William of Orange.
Here Leven was used by William to obtain the support of German princes for his invasion of England in 1688, Leven himself having raised a regiment for that invasion, in the course of which he received the surrender of the town of Plymouth in south Devonshire.
In 1706 he was appointed as one of the Commissioners for the Union of England and Scotland.
He succeeded his father as Earl of Melville in 1707.
|Peerage of Scotland|
|Earl of Leven
1681 – 1728
|Earl of Melville
1707 – 1728
|Name||Leven, David Melville, 3rd Earl of|
|Date of birth||5 May 1660|
|Place of birth|
|Date of death||6 June 1728|
|Place of death|