The chief works of Lesley are as follows: A Defence of the Honour of ...
A slight sketch by Lesley of Scottish history from 1562 to 1571 has been translated by Forbes-Leith in his Narrative of Scottish Catholics (1885), from the original MS. now in the Vatican.
At the Reformation Lesley became a champion of Catholicism.
JOHN LESLEY (1527-1596), Scottish bishop and historian, was born in 1527.
After the failure of the royal cause, and whilst Mary was a captive in England, Lesley (who had gone to her at Bolton) continued to exert himself on her behalf.
It is clear to any reader of Ferrerius, Lesley and Buchanan that they all drew from a common source, now unknown, and this source may well have been a chronicle inspired by James's enemies.