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LESOTHO (Kingdom)

TITLE: Paramount Chief (King from 1966) RELIGION: Christian (>80%)
CAPITAL: Maseru POPULATION: 2,200,000 (2002)


PRESENT RULER: HM King LETSIE III, 2nd King of Lesotho 1990/1995 and 1996/-
born 17th July 1963 at Scott Hospital in Morija and named Mohato Bereng Seeiso, educated at Iketsetseng Private School in Maseru 1968/1972, at Gilling Castle School, U.K. 1973/1976, at Ampleforth College 1977/1980, at National University of Lesotho 1980/1984, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law, at University of Bristol, U.K. 1984/1986, completing a Diploma in English Legal Studies, at University of Cambridge studying Development Studies, in 1989, and at Wye College of the University of London, studying Agricultural Economics; he was installed as the Principal Chief of Matsieng on 16th December 1989; he was sworn in as King of Lesotho on 12th November 1990, abdicating on 25th January 1995, the day on which HM King Moshoeshoe 11 was reinstated, he was reinstalled as King on 7th February 1996, being crowned 31st October 1997 in Maseru; he has a keen love for agriculture and arable farming and also enjoys country life; his favourite sporting activities include horse riding, squash, tennis and rugby and enjoys music, especially classical and traditional music; he is the patron of the Prince Mohato Award (Khau ea Khosana Mohato), which is a service programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities designed for individuals, clubs, groups and organisations having concern for young people; married 18th February 2000 in Maseru, HM Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso [née Miss Karabo Anna Motš'oeneng], born 2nd June 1976 at Mapoteng, Berea District, eldest daughter of Mr. Thekiso and Mrs. 'Makarabo Motš'oeneng of Leribe, she was educated at Machabeng International College in Maseru from 1990 to 1996 where she completed her International General Ceriticate for Secondary Education and the International Baccalaureate Diploma and at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) to pursue her Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree; she won the Prince Mohato Award Bronze medal in June 1993 and she holds a First Aid Certificate; Patron of the Lesotho Red Cross Society; SOS Children's Village; People with Disabilities and the Machabeng International College, and has issue.
  • HRH Princess Senate Mary Mohato Seeiso, born 7th October 2001 at Maseru Private Hospital, christened 10th November 2001 at Matsieng.
  • HRH Princess 'Maseeiso Mohato Seeiso, born 20th November 2004.
  • HRH Prince Lerotholi Mohato Bereng Seeiso, born 18th April 2007, baptized on 2nd June 2007 at Matsieng, with the name of David, godson of Chief Lerotholi Seeiso, Principal Chief of Likhoele.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Kingdom founded in 1822. Declared its Independence 4th October 1966. Rulers were...
  • Chief PEETE, born about 1740, married and had issue. He died about 1824.
    • Chief Libe Adam, married and had issue. He died after 1838.
      • Ramakha setenani Libe
      • Mofoka Libe, married and had issue
        • Tsita Mofoka
    • Chief Mokhachane (qv)
  • Chief MOKHACHANE, born 1765, Chief of the baMokoteli, a subsection of the baKwena, married (a), Kholu, died 1860, daughter of Ntsukunyane of baFokeng, married (b), Mpinyane, daughter of raChoshosane, son of Mohethi of the baFokeng, married (c), Nkoti, daughter of Monyalo of the Hlakoana, married (d), maNtsebo (maMopeli), daughter of Mokoteli of the baFokeng, married (e), maKoena (maLelosa), another daughter of Mokoteli of the baFokeng, married (f), maMoima, another daughter of Mokoteli of the baFokeng, married (g), maMokhesing, married (h), Nthokoleng, married (i), maMokhoaki, married (j), Tlalane, and had issue. He died 1855.
    • Paramount Chief Moshoeshoe I Mokhachane (by Kholu)(see below)
    • Chief Makhabane I Mokhachane (by Kholu), born 1788/1790, married 4thly, Penelope Liengoane, born about 1818, died 1913, daughter of Tsueu, and had issue. He died 1st May 1835.
      • Chief Lesaoana Ramanela Makhabane, born 1814, married (amongst others), Mathe born about 1817, daughter of Paramount Chief Moshoeshoe I (see below), and had issue. He died 14th August 1888.
        • Chief Peete, Principal Chief of Matse'ekheng, married (amongst others), 'Mahoela, daughter of Paramount Chief Letsie I (see below), and had issue. He died July 1921 in Mapoteng, Basutoland.
          • Chief Leeto Peete
          • Chief Kefase Peete, married and had issue.
            • Chief Buller Kefase Peete
          • Chief Nkutu Peete, married and had issue.
            • Chief Malibeng Nkutu Peete
            • Chief Tabola Nkutu Peete
          • Chief Mitchell Peete (by 'Mahoela), Principal Chief of Matse'ekheng 1921/1922, married (a), 'Mankuebe, daughter of Chief Joel Molapo, married (b), 'Maboshoane of the Bafokeng, died 1906, and had issue. He died 24th July 1922 in Koenang.
            • Chief Boshoane Peete (by 'Maboshoane), born 9th January 1895 in Mapoteng, Basutoland, Principal Chief of Matse'ekheng, married 'Mamakhabane, grand daughter of Chief Molapo, died August 1949, and had issue. He died 23rd December 1940.
              • Chief Makhabane II [Makhabane Peete], born 1922, Principal Chief of Matse'ekheng, married Nkhala, daughter of Chief Letsie of Leribe.
              • Chief Posholi Peete
            • Chief Mpoi Peete
            • Chief Nkuebe Peete (by 'Mankuebe), born 1901, married and had issue.
              • Chief Peete Nkuebe Peete, born 1930 in Mapoteng, Minister of Justice 1965/1970, Minister of Agriculture 1970/1974, Minister of Communications 1976/-.
            • Chief Dyke Peete (by 'Mankuebe)
          • 'MaNkhabe (by maHoela), she married Chief Masupha II, died 1938, and had issue (see below).
        • Chief Ramakoro, died 1888 in Mapoteng, Basutoland.
        • Chief Seshophe, married and had issue.
          • Chief Hlajoane Mokoara, married and had issue. He died after 1922.
            • Chief Lira Hlajoane, married and had issue.
              • Chief Sekhonyana Lira Hlajoane, born September 1946, married Maseshophe (Hlajoane), and had issue. He died 1985.
                • Chief Seshophe Sekhonyana Lira Hlajoane, born 4th October 1976, present (2011) Chief of Mokomahatsi.
          • Chief Mojela Seshophe
          • Chief Lepekola Seshophe
          • Chief Khomaleburu Seshophe, married and had issue.
            • Chief Malefetsane Khomaleburu, born 1896.
        • 'Maneella 'Maletsabisa, she married Paramount Chief Lerotholi I (see below).
        • 'Matau, she married Chief Jonathan Molapo (see below).
      • Chief Makoto Nathaniel Makhabane, married and had issue. He died after 1880.
        • Chief Samuel Makoto, grand father of Molikuoa.
      • Chief Lejaha Makhabane, married and had issue.
        • Chief Motuntsane Lejaha
        • Chief Mpiti Lejaha
      • Chief Puoane Makhabane, married and had issue.
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          • Chief Lejaha fl.1900,
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              • Hon. Chief Sempe Joseph Lejaha, Honourable President of the Senate, born 24th June 1943 at Phororong in the district of Berea; educated at St. Peters and Assumption Primary Schools 1956/1960, at Sione Primary School 1960/1962, at Sacred Heart High school where he sat for his Junior Certificate (JC) and the Pitman’s Course in 1965 and 1967 respectively, then at Christ the King High School where he finished his Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) in 1969; in that year he was installed as the chief of two areas at Majaheng and Phororong under the Principal Chief of Koeneng and Mapoteng, in the following year, he attended the Commonwealth Territorial College in the U.K. where he obtained a Diploma in Tax Law, he read for a Certificate in Marketing at the Kansas University, U.S.A. in 1974 and 1975, he later pursued his studies at the National University of Lesotho in 1983 where he graduated with a Diploma in Law; he joined the Civil Service in 1973 as an Income Tax Inspector in the Ministry of Finance, he joined the Ministry of Agriculture as Senior Personnel Officer in 1979 and was later promoted to the position of Senior Marketing Officer in 1985; he served the government as District Secretary in the districts of Quthing, Berea, Butha-Buthe and Maseru 1987/1992; he was elected by Senators to assume duty as the Vice President of the Senate in 1993 then elected as President of the Senate in 1997; founder of Majaheng Multi Cooperatives Association; married and has issue, three children, two sons and one daughter.
    • Chief Mohale Mokhachane (by Nkoti), married and had issue. He died 1861.
      • Chief Hlajoane Mohale (by ‘Mahlajoane)
      • Chief Molomo Mohale (by ‘Mamolomo), married (amongst others), 'Mahlape, daughter of Paramount Chief Moshoeshoe I, and had issue. He died after 1884.
        • Chief Sekake Molomo, married and had issue.
          • Chief Mako Sekake, married and had issue.
            • Chief Mohale Mako
      • Chief Ramoetsana Mohale (by ‘Mamolomo)
      • Chief Nkhahle Mohale (by ‘Mankhahle), married and had issue.
        • Chief Lebona Nkhahle, married and had issue.
          • Chief Qajela Lebona, Chief of Thaba-Ts’oeu, married and had issue.
            • Chief Phakiso Qajela, married and had issue.
              • Chief Nkhale Phakiso, married Nts'ebo Seeiso, daughter of Paramount Chief Simon Seeiso Griffith, and his wife, 'Mantsebo Amelia 'Matsaba Nkuebe.
                • Chief Taele Nkhahle
                • Chief Maphohloane Nkhahle
              • Chief Mokhachane Phakiso
              •  Chief Mahapela Phakiso
              • Chief Malebanye Phakiso
              • Chief Mots’oene Phakiso
            • Chief Thaba-Ts’oeu Qajela
            • Chief Lebona Qajela
          • Chief Nohana Lebona
            • Chief Ments’ele Nohana
            • Chief Matimatsatsi Nohana
            • Chief Mants’onyane Nohana
            • Chief Makhabane Nohana, married and has issue.
            • Chief Ts’epo Nohana
            • Chief Monehela Nohana
        • Chief Letele Nkhahle
      • Chief Sebili Mohale (by ‘Masebili)
      • Chief Seqobela Mohale (by ‘Maseqobela), married 'Mamohale, daughter of Paramount Chief Letsie I.
        • Chief Mohale Seqobela, married and had issue.
          • Chief Solomon Mohale
      • Chief Potsane Mohale (by ‘Maseqobela), married and had issue.
        • Chief Malebanye Potsane, married (amongst others), Letsabisa, daughter of Paramount Chief Lerotholi I, and his wife, 'Maneella 'Maletsabisa, and had issue.
          • Chief Goliath Malebanye, born 1883, Principal Chief of Likoeneng, married and had issue. He died 1972.
            • Chief Mmualle Malebanye
            • Chief Sechabaseoele Malebanye, married and had issue.
              • Chief Mmualle Malebanye, Chief of Likueneng
            • Chief Ntsoeleng Malebanye
            • Chief Qalo Malebanye
            • Chief Lebuajoang Malebanye
            • Chief Tau Malebanye
            • Chief Jobo Malebanye
            • Chief Sooko Malebanye 
            • Chief Maama Malebanye
          • Chief Jarafanteng [Jaggersfontein] Malebanye, married and had issue.
            • Chief Malebanye Mooti Malebanye, married and had issue.
              • Chief Jarafanteng Malebanye, Chief of Thabana-Ts’ooana
            • Chief Mahapela Malebanye
          • Chief Libe Malebanye, married and had issue.
            • Chief Theko Malebanye
          • Chief Bolokoe Malebanye, born 1900, Chief of Maghena, married and had issue.
            • Chief Shoabahla Bolokoe, married and had issue.
              • Chief Malebanye Shoabahla
            • Chief Peete Malebanye
            • Chief Molomo Malebanye
            • Chief Shoaepane Malebanye
            • Chief Seeiso Malebanye
            • Chief Ts’epo Malebanye
          • Chief Thelemaete Malebanye
          • Chief Thaba-Bosiu Malebanye
          • Chief Sankatana Malebanye
          • Chief Libomo Malebanye
          • Chief Mpiti Malebanye
          • Chief Thelemaete Malebanye
          • Chief Tsie Malebanye
          • Chief Seqobela Malebanye
          • Chief Kou Malebanye
        • Chief Ts'epo Potsane, married (amongst others), Nthe, daughter of Sebolai Majara, and had issue.
          • Chief Mooti Potsane, married and had issue.
            • Chief Monehela Ts'epo Mooti Potsane
            • Chief Nahabotle Mooti Potsane
            • Chief Makhabane Mooti Potsane
            • Chief Monyake Mooti Potsane
          • Chief Lengau Potsane, married and had issue.
            • Chief MootiLengau Potsane
            • Chief Tahlo Lengau Potsane
        • Chief Monehela Potsane, married and had issue.
          • Chief Mohale Potsane
          • Chief Mats’osa Samuel Potsane, married and had issue.
            • Chief Lirahalibonoe Potsane, married and had issue.
              • Chief Mmualle Lirahalibonoe Potsane, Chief of Mahali-hali
            • Chief Sekake Potsane
            • Chief Napo Potsane
            • Chief Mahapela Potsane
            • Chief Libe Potsane
            • Chief Libenyane Potsane
          • Chief Kahlolo Potsane, married and had issue.
            • Chief Monehela Potsane
            • Chief Mosito Potsane
          • Chief Setlabocha Potsane, married and had issue.
            • Chief ‘Mako Potsane Mohale
            • Chief Mpiti Potsane Mohale
          • Chief Lebona Potsane, married and had issue.
            • Chief Mokhachane Potsane
            • Chief Phakiso Potsane
            • Chief Maphaphe Potsane
            • Chief Thesele Potsane
          • Chief Mapofane Potsane
        • Chief Khutlane Potsane
        • Chief Lethena Potsane, married and had issue.
          • Chief Mmualle Potsane
        • Chief Nnete Potsane
        • Chief Lefa Potsane
      • Konesoang, she married Principal Chief Letsie I (qv)
      • Chief Seqhatsi Mohale (by ‘Maseqhatsi)
      • Chief Tlali Mohale (by ‘Matlali), married and had issue.
        • Chief Molomo Mohale
      • Chief Selebalo Mohale (by ‘Maselebalo)
      • Chief Maphohloane Mohale (by ‘Mamaphohloane)
      • Chief Semouso Mohale (by ‘Masemouso)
      • Chief Tomela Mohale (‘Matomela), married and had issue.
        • Chief Sebatli Mohale
        • Chief Sebaki Mohale
      • Chief Setloboko Mohale (by ‘Masetloboko)
      • Chief Mputsoe Mohale (by ‘Mamputsoe)
      • Chief Phoofolo Mohale (by ‘Maphoofolo)
      • Chief Ts’ukulu Mohale (by ‘Mats’ukulu)
      • Chief Bofifi Mohale (by ‘Mabofifi)
      • Chief Mongali Mohale (by ‘Mabofifi), married and had issue.
        • Chief Mojalefa Mohale
      • Ntolo, she married Chief Neko, son of Paramount Chief Moshoeshoe I (see below), and had issue.
    • Chief Mpusa Mokhachane (by 'Mantsebo)
    • Chief Nyebe Mokhachane (by 'Mantsebo)
    • Chief Nthotha Mokhachane (by 'Mantsebo), he died young.
    • Chief Nkata Mokhachane (by 'Mantsebo)
    • Chief Koena Mokhachane (by 'Makoena)
    • Chief Lelosa Job Mokhachane (by 'Makoena), he died after 1873.
    • Chief Tsiame Gideon Mokhachane (by 'Makoena)
    • Chief Moima Mokhachane (by 'Mamoima)
    • Chief Mphoto Mokhachane (by 'Mamoima)
    • Chief Lebeoana Mokhachane (by 'Mamokhesing)
    • Chief Lenkoana Mokhachane (by 'Mamokhesing)
    • Chief Mokhameleli Mokhachane (by 'Mamokhesing)
    • Chief Posholi Mokhachane (by Kholu), born 1795, married and had issue. He died 27th January 1868 in Mathebe.
      • Chief Sekoati Posholi fl. 1870.
      • 'Matholoana, she married Chief David Masupha I (see below).
    • Chief Mopeli Paulus Mokhachane (by 'Mantsebo), born 1810 in Molokeng, Orange Free State, married four wives, including 'Mankoe 'Mmantsubise and had issue, four sons and at least one daughter. He died 28th November 1899 in Thaba Bosigo, Basutoland.
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      • Chief Matlakane Apollos Mopeli, married and had issue. He died 1880.
        • Chief Ntsane Mopeli
        • Chief Sidwell Mopeli, married and had issue.
          • Attwell Sidwell Mopeli, born 1913.
    • 'Matsueunyane (Ntsieli) (by Kholu), born about 1782, married Chief Mahao, son of Chief Seephephe of the baFokeng.
    • 'Mantoetse (by Kholu), born about 1790.
    • 'Mamahloana (by Mpinyane)
    • 'Mpepuoa (by Nkoti)
    • Ntsebo (by 'Mantsebo), born about 1808.
  • Paramount Chief Moshoeshoe IParamount Chief MOSHOESHOE I 1822/1870, born about 1786 in Menkhoaneng, married (amongst others), 1stly, about 1810, 'Mamohato 'Mamabela, died 1834, daughter of Chief Seephephe of the baFokeng, married (a), 'Masekhonyana, daughter of Masekoane of the baFokeng, married (b), 'Mantsane, another daughter of Masekoane of the baFokeng, married (c), in or about 1835 (div.), Penelope Liengoane, born about 1818, died 1913, daughter of Tsueu (died 1868), widow of his brother, and had issue. He died 11th February 1870 in Thaba Bosiu.
    • Paramount Chief Letsie I [Morena Mohato Letsie Moshoeshoe] (by 'Mamohato 'Mamabela) (qv)
    • Chief Molapo [Morena Molapo Jeremiah Moshoeshoe](by 'Mamohato 'Mamabela) born 1814 in Basutoland, Principal Chief of Leribe, married and had issue. He died 28th June 1880 in Leribe District, Basutoland, buried 2nd July 1880 in Thaba Bosiu.
      • Chief Joseph Molapo (eldest son), married Senate, daughter of Letsie I, he was insane and the succession was passed to his brother.
        • Chief Motšoene Joseph, born 1869, married Selahleo (a first cousin of her husband), and had issue.
          • Chief Koabeng Motšoene, Chief of Leribe, married and had issue.
            • Chief Morena Letsie Koabeng, Principal Chief of Leribe, married and had issue.
              • Chief Bolokoe Letsie
              • Nkhala, married Morena Makhabane II, born 1922, son of Chief Boshoane Peete, and his wife, 'Mamakhabane, and had issue.
          • Chief Shepheseli Motšoene, married and had issue.
            • Chief Motšoene Shepheseli
          • Chief Makakamela Motšoene (by Selahleo)
        • Chief Lekhooana Joseph, married and had issue.
          • Chief Masupha Lekhooana
        • Chief Masupha Joseph, married and had issue.
          • Chief Moliboea Masupha
        • Chief Teketsi Joseph, married and had issue.
          • Chief Sekhooana Teketsi
      • Chief Jonathan Molapo, born 1843/1844, Second son of the Great Wife, Acting Principal Chief of Leribe, married (amongst others), (a), 'Mamathealira, married (b), 'Matau, daughter of Lesaoana Ramanela, and his wife, 'Mathe, and had issue. He died 1926/1928.
        • Chief Mokokoana Jonathan
        • Chief Moramang Jonathan
        • Chief Tumo Jonathan
        • Chief Mahlomola Jonathan
        • Chief Matsoete Jonathan
        • Chief Leligoana Jonathan
        • Chief Setsomi Jonathan
        • Chief Majara Jonathan
        • Chief Ntseke Jonathan
        • Chief Motsarapane Jonathan, born 1881, Chief of Hleoheng, married 'Mathebe and had issue. He died 1969.
          • Chief Mooki Motsarapane Molapo, born 1928, educated at Basutoland High School, High Commissioner for Lesotho in the UK 1979/1982, in Government service 1950/1983, married Emily Mamanasse Thamae, and has issue, three sons and one daughter.
        • Chief Lejone Jonathan
        • Chief Tumahole Jonathan
        • Chief Paulo Jonathan, married and had issue.
          • Chief Lepoqo Paulo
        • Chief Moshesh Jonathan married and had issue.
          • Chief Letsie Moshesh
        • Chief Kotsana Jonathan
        • Chief Mopeli Jonathan, born 1904, Chief of Mohobollo, died 1970.
        • Chief Joseph Leabua Jonathan, born 30th October 1914 in Leribe, Prime Minister of Lesotho 1965/1986, married the daughter of Chief Mutlanyane, and had issue. He died 5th April 1987 in Pretoria, South Africa.
        • Chief Tau Jonathan (by 'Matau), married and had issue.
          • Chief Khetisa Tau
          • Chief Sheshote Tau
        • Chief Mathealira Jonathan (by 'Mamathealira), married and had issue.
          • Chief Jonathan Mathealira, Principal Chief of Tsikoane
          • Chief Makoae Mathealira
      • Chief Joel Molapo, born 1849, eldest son of the second wife; Principal Chief of Butha-Buthe; married (amongst others), 'Maselomo, and had issue. He died 1919.
        • Morena Mopeli Joel, Principal Chief of Butha-Buthe, married and had issue.
          • Morena Manamolela Mopeli, Principal Chief of Butha-Buthe, married and had issue.
            • Morena Kuini Manamolela, Principal Chief of Butha-Buthe.
            • Chief Hlasoa Manamolela
          • Chief Majara Mopeli
          • Chief Sekhobe Mopeli
          • Chief Malilekefane Mopeli
        • Morena Qhobela Joel married and had issue.
          • Morena Jameson Tabalingata Qhobela, born 1895, Chief of 'Muela in the Butha-Buthe district, married 1stly, 'Maqamaka (Qhobela), married 2ndly, 'Mapotso (Qhobela), married 3rdly, 'Mamosebetsi (Qhobela), married 4thly, 'Masenate (Qhobela), and had issue. He died 1971.
            • Chief Qamaka Qhobela (by 'Maqamaka), Chief of 'Muela 1971/1983.
            • Chief Rets'elisitsoe Jameson Qhobela (by 'Mapotso), Chief of 'Muela since 2nd June 1983, married and had issue.
              • Chief Mohlakazo Qhobela, Chief of 'Muela
            • Chief Nathaniel Qhobela (by 'Mamosebetsi), married Chieftainess 'Mabereng (Qhobela), acting chief of Ha Ntlaba in the district of Butha-Buthe in the name of her son from 1971; and had issue. He died 1971.
              • Chief Bereng Nathaniel Qhobela, Chief of of Boinyatso in the Butha-Buthe District and Chief of Ha Ntlaba' married and has issue.
                • Chief Mohato T. Qhobela
            • Chief Mohlakazo Qhobela, married Francina Seisa, and had issue.
              • Dr. Q. Mohlakazo Qhobela
              • Talimo Mohlakazo Qhobela, married and had issue.
                • Malefetsane Qhobela
              • Molapo Mohlakazo Qhobela, born 10th June 1962,
          • Chief Molapo Qhobela, born 1898, Chief of Khukhune, married and had issue.
            • Chief Joel Qhobela, Chief of Khukhune.
        • Chief Lepekola Joel
        • Chief Talimo Joel
        • Chief Mothuntsane Joel
        • 'Mankuebe, married Chief Mitchell Peete, and had issue.
        • Chief Selomo Joal (by 'Maselomo), married and had issue.
          • Chief Cartwright Selomo
      • Chief Mpaki Molapo, married and had issue.
        • Chief Lishobana, born 1898, Chief of Mokhejane.
      • Chief Mapolani Molapo
      • Chief Moliboea Molapo, married and had issue.
        • Chief Thasi Moliboea, married and had issue.
          • Chief Enoke Thasi
        • Chief Mako Moliboea, born 1895, Chief of Likhakeng
      • Chief Seetsa Molapo, married and had issue.
        • Chief Molapo Seetsa, married and had issue.
          • Chief Halekhetheloe Molapo
      • Chief Khethisa Molapo, married and had issue.
        • Chief Joang Khethisa
        • Chief Mokhachane Khethisa
      • Chief Hlasoa Molapo, married and had issue.
        • Chief Mutlanyane, married and had issue.
          • Chief Mopeli Mutlanyane
          • Daughter, married Chief Joseph Leabua Jonathan, born 30th October 1914 in Leribe, died 5th April 1987 in Pretoria, son of Chief Jonathan Molapo, and had issue.
      • Chief Manama Molapo, married and had issue.
        • Chief Khethisa Manama
      • Chief Khabu Molapo, married and had issue.
        • Chief Makhobalo Khabu
      • Chief Mosito Molapo
      • Chief Lesiamo Molapo
      • Chief Mosuoane Molapo
    • Chief Masupha I David Moshoeshoe (by 'Mamohato 'Mamabela), born 1820 in Basutoland, married (amongst others), 'Matholoana, daughter of Chief Posholi Makhabane, and had issue. He died 27th July 1899 in Thupukubu, Berea District, Basutoland.
      • Chief Lepoqo Masupha, married and had issue.
        • Chief Masupha II Lepoqo Masupha, married 'Mankhabe, (daughter of Chief Peete and maHoela), and had issue.
          • Morena Gabashane Masupha (see below)
      • Chief Mosiuoa Masupha, married and had issue.
        • Chief Kuali Mosiuoa
      • Chief Moeketsi Masupha
      • Chief Moorosana Masupha, born 1865, died 1970/1972.
      • Chief Marithinus Masupha
      • Chief Faku Masupha
      • Chief Senekal Masupha
      • Chief Lebese Masupha
      • Chief Tumo Masupha
      • 'Mamolefi, married Maama Letsie, and had issue.
      • 'Mamoorosi, born about 1879, died after 11th September 1968.
    • Chief Majara I Ntalime Moshoeshoe (by 'Mamohato 'Mamabela), born 1829, married and had issue. He died 3rd December 1858.
      • Chief Leshoboro I Majara, married and had issue.
        • Chief Majara II Leshoboro Majara, married and had issue.
          • Chief Leshoboro II Majara, born September 1925, Chief of Berea, Minister of Local Government 1966/1967, Minister of Agriculture 1967/1970, Minister of the Interior 1970/1972, married and had issue.
            • Chief Matete Leshoboro Majara
          • Chief Paul Matete Majara, born 1925.
      • Chief Napo Majara, married and had issue.
        • Chief Bereng Napo
      • Chief Tshipinare Majara, married and had issue.
        • Chief Masupha Tshipinare
      • Chief Samuel Majara
      • Chief Foso Majara
      • Chief Bolisi Majara, married and had issue.
        • Chief Bailey Bolisi
      • Chief Sebolai Majara, married and had issue.
        • Chief Sethole Sebolai
      • Chief Thaba Bosiu Majara
    • Chief Neko Moshoeshoe, born about 1815, married Ntolo, daughter of Chief Mohale Makhabane, and had issue. He died before 1843.
      • Chief (name unknown) Neko, married and had issue.
        • Chief Caswell Neko, born about 1875, died about 1962.
    • Chief Ntsane John Moshoeshoe, seventh son.
    • Chief Tlaliyane Moshoeshoe, ninth son.
    • Chief Sofonia Moshoeshoe, born 1837, died 1888.
    • Chief Sekhonyana Nehemiah Moshoeshoe (only son of the 3rd wife), born 1824/1828, married and had issue. He died 1906.
      • Chief Maseribane Philip Sekhonyana, married and had issue.
        • Chief Sekhonyana Nehemiah Maseribane, born 4th May 1918 in Mount Moorosi, Quthing District, 1st Prime Minister of Lesotho in 1965, married and had issue. He died 3rd November 1986.
          • Chief Mpara Maseribane
          • Chief Thesele Maseribane, Minister of Gender, Sports and Recreation
      • Chief Laboraro Sekhonyana, married and had issue.
        • Chief Evaristus Rets'elisitsoe Sekhonyana, born 22nd March 1937 in Mount Moorosi, Quthing District, Foreign Minister 1983/1984 and in 1994, married and had issue. He died 18th November 1998 in Bloemfontein.
          • Chief Lerotholi Sekhonyana
        • Chief Mantsoepa Sekhonyana, married and had issue.
          • Chief Bereng Augustinus Sekhonyana
    • Chief Tlali George Moshoeshoe (by the fifth wife, 'Matlali), born 1831 in Thaba Bosigo, Basutoland, married Mmantsopha, and had issue. He died 2nd November 1915 in Matatiele.
      • Chief Jeremiah Dubupuwa Moshweshwe, born 1871, married and had issue.
        • Chief George Moshweshwe, married and had issue.
          • Chief Jeremiah Moshweshwe
      • 'maSekhonyana, married Chief Bereng Letsie, and had issue.
      • Daughter, married Chief Bereng Letsie, and had issue.
        • Chief David Bereng [?aka David Cranmer Theko], 1898-1974
    • Chief Mokhetli Moshoeshoe
    • Chief Makopela Moshoeshoe
    • Chief Nena Moshoeshoe
    • Chief Letlala Moshoeshoe
    • Chief amane Moshoeshoe
    • Chief Fohloane Moshoeshoe
    • Chief Kena Moshoeshoe
    • Chief Mateleka Moshoeshoe
    • Chief Selebalo Moshoeshoe, married and had issue.
      • Chief Leabua Selebalo, married and had issue.
        • Chief Moseneke Leabua, married and had issue.
          • Chief Selebalo Moseneke, married and had issue.
            • Chief Halejoetse Selebalo, born 1933, Chief of 'Mate.
    • Chief Mota Moshoeshoe
      • Chief Patrick Marematlou Mota, born 1908.
    • Chief Monethi Moshoeshoe
    • Chief Azariel Moshoeshoe, married and had issue.
      • Chief Ntseo Azariel, married and had issue.
        • Chief Tilane Ntseo
    • Chief Sekhebetlolo Moshoeshoe
    • Chief Jobo Moshoeshoe, married and had issue.
      • Chief Motsoane Jobo
    • Mathe, born about 1817, she married Chief Lesaoana Ramanela, born 1814, died 14th August 1888, and had issue (see above).
    • Chief Tsita Moshoeshoe
    • Chief Mathlole Moshoeshoe
    • Chief Mokebe Moshoeshoe
    • Chief Hlalelel Moshoeshoe
    • Chief Kuidi Moshoeshoe
  • Paramount Chief LETSIE I [Morena Mohato Letsie Moshoeshoe] 1870/1891, born about 1811 in Basutoland, married and had issue. He died 20th November 1891 in Basutoland.
    • Paramount Chief Lerotholi (qv)
    • Chief Bereng Letsie, married (amongst others), 'Masekhonyana, daughter of Chief Tlali George, and his wife, Mmantsopha, and had issue. He died 1898.
      • Chief Mohlalefi Bereng
      • Chief Monobatho Bereng, died 1910.
      • Chief Makhobotlela Bereng, Chief of Thupa-li-Kaka, died after 1907.
      • Chief David Cranmer Theko, born 1898, died 1974.
      • Chief Sekhonyana Bereng (by 'Masekhonyana), married and had issue.
        • Chief Bereng Sekhonyana, married and had issue.
          • Chief Mohlalefi Bereng, Chief of Masite.
    • Chief Theko Letsie (by 'Masekhonyana), married and had issue. He 1910.
      • Chief Khoabane Theko, married and had issue.
        • Chief Jacottet Lerotholi, [relative of Morena Khoabane Theko, Principal Chief of Thaba-Bosiu fl.2000 and of Lerotholi Theko, Acting Principal Chief of Thaba-Bosiu], married and had issue.
          • Morena Letsie, Principal Chief of Thaba Bosiu.
      • Chief Makotoko Theko, Chief of Rats'oleli.
      • Chief Makhobalo Theko
    • Chief Maama Letsie (by maSekhonyana), married (amongst others), 'Mamolefi, daughter of Chief Masupha I David, and had issue. He died 1924.
      • Chief Seeiso Alexander Maama (by 'Mamolefi), married and had issue.
        • Chief Mohale Seeiso, Chief of Maama.
      • Chief Tsepo Maama
    • Chief Seeiso Letsie (by maSekhonyana), married and had issue.
      • Chief Moholobela Seeiso, married and had issue.
        • Chief Joel Moholobela [, married and had issue.
          • Morena Seeiso Joel Moholobela, Principal Chief of Matelile, married 'Masempe (Moholobela), and had issue. He died March 2002.
            • Morena Moholobela Seeiso Moholobela, Principal Chief of Matelile installed at Matelile in Mafeteng on 11 October 2002, born 6th May 1969 at Matelile.]
        • Chief Sekhobe Moholobela, [relative of Thaabe Sekhobe Letsie, born 1940-]
        • Chief Makoanyane Moholobela
        • Chief Masooma Moholobela
      • Chief Tebelo Seeiso, married and had issue.
        • Chief Makhobalo Tebelo
      • Chief Mpiti Seeiso, married and had issue.
        • Chief Soko Mpiti
    • Chief Makhabane Letsie
    • Chief Mpiti Letsie
    • Chief Nkuebe Letsie, married and had issue.
      • Chief Sempe Nkuebe, married and had issue.
        • Chief Qefate Sempe, married and had issue.
          • Chief Tšepo Qefate Nkuebe, Principal Chief of Quthing.
            • Chief Hlabathe Nkuebe, present Quthing Ward Chief
            • Chieftainess ’Maqajela Lebona, Chief of Thaba-Tšoeu in Mohale’s Hoek District; she succeeded to the Thaba-Tšoeu chieftainship on the death of her husband, as one of two ‘Independent Chiefs’ she had some of the rights of Principal Chiefs, but did not qualify as a Senator ex officio, she had nevertheless been made a nominated member of the Senate; married and had issue, three sons and one daughter. She died at Matsieng, at the home of the Queen Mother and was buried at Thaba-Tšoeu on 28th August 1999 aged 49.
        • 'Mantsebo Amelia 'Matsaba Sempe Nkuebe, born 1902, married Paramount Chief Seeiso [Simon Seeiso Griffith], and had issue, (see below). She died 1964.
        • 'Maleshoboro, married Paramount Chief Seeiso [Simon Seeiso Griffith], and had issue, (see below).
      • Chief Tsepo Nkuebe
      • Chief Kelebone Nkuebe, born 1902, Chief of Mphaki, died 1972.
      • Chief Selborne Ramaeba Letsie, born 1910, he served as the first Minister of Agriculture in Lesotho in 1966 and also held various cabinet positions, such as Minister of Telecommunications and Transport as well as Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister; he retired from active politics in 1974; married Anna Maseabata Letsie, and had issue, eight children. He died in September 1986.
        • Matseliso Letsie
        • Nnyane Letsie
        • Lebohang Letsie, a lecturer at the University of Botswana.
        • Mathaabe Letsie
        • Lineo Letsie
        • Mosilinyane Letsie
        • Mantsebo Letsie
        • Lebeoana Letsie
      • Khosi Lesala Lestie
      • Tsita Letsie
      • Daniel Mothooasebaka Letsie
      • Mathaabe Letsie
      • Sebueng, married Paramount Chief Nathaniel Griffith (see below).
      • 'Mabereng, married Paramount Chief Nathaniel Griffith (see below).
    • Chief Mashapa Letsie
    • Chief Sehahle Letsie, married and had issue.
      • Chief Mosue Sehahle
    • Chief Mojela Letsie, married and had issue.
      • Chief Thabo Mojela, married and had issue.
        • Chief Matsoso Samuel Mojela, Chief of Makhemeng; married 'Mamolapo Alice Mojela (née Mophuthi Leluma), died 2009, and had issue. He died 1982.
          • Molapo Jeremiah Mojela, born 1954, married Ntumeleng Matsoso (+), and has issue.
            • Senate Mojela, born 1978.
            • Selebalo Mojela, born 1982.
          • 'Maliako Louisa Mojela, born 1956.
          • Mosa Mary Mojela, born 1958.
          • Litsila Charlotte Mojela, born 1960.
          • Bokako Esther Mojela, born 1963, died 1975.
          • Kefeletsoe Monica Mojela, born 1964.
          • Majara Good Mojela, born 1966, married 1stly, married 'Mantsepase Mojela (née Kholu Moleboheng Mashea), married 2ndly, Maphole Celestina Nku, born 1978, and has issue, two daughters.
            • Ntsepase Mamello Katleho Mojela (by 'Mantsepase), born 1994.
            • Mosa Mahlaseli Mojela (by Maphole), born 2000.
      • Chief Jonathan Mojela
      • Chief Mofoka Mojela
      • Chief Lerotholi Mojela, born 1895, Chief of Tebang, married and had issue. He died 1961.
        • Chief Makhaula Mojela, Chief of Tebang.
        • HM Queen 'MaMohato [Tabitha 'Masentle], born 1938, married 23rd August 1962, HM King Moshoeshoe II [Motlothehi Seeiso], and had issue, (see below).
      • Chief Molapo Mojela
    • Chief Mahlomola Letsie, married and had issue.
      • Chief Sethu Mahlomola Letsie, born 1916.
    • Chief Hlakanelo Letsie, married and had issue.
      • Chief Clarke Hlakanelo
    • Chief Mpalipali Letsie, married and had issue.
      • Chief Molumo Mpalipali, married and had issue.
        • Chief Mpalipali Molumo
    • Chief Khotso Letsie, married and had issue.
      • Chief Mpalipali Khotso
    • Chief Ramosoeu Letsie, married and had issue.
      • Chief Bulare Ramosoeu
    • Chief Salae Letsie
    • Chief Loto Letsie, married and had issue.
      • Chief Mosotho Loto
    • Chief Mamoli Letsie, married and had issue.
      • Chief Hulphephi Mamoli
    • Chief Rafolatsane Letsie
    • Senate, married Chief Joseph Molapo, and had issue, (see above).
    • 'Maselomo, married Chief Joel Molapo, and had issue, (see above).
    • 'Mamathealira, married Chief Jonathan Molapo, and had issue, (see above).
    • 'Mamohale, married Chief Seqobela Mohale, (son of Chief Mohale Makhabane), and had issue, (see above).
    • 'Mahoela, married Morena Peete, son of Chief Lesaoana Ramanela, and his wife, Mathe, Principal Chief of Matse'ekheng, died July 1921 in Mapoteng, Basutoland, and had issue, (see above).
  • Paramount Chief LEROTHOLI [Morena Lerotholi Letsie] 1891/1905, born about 1836, married (amongst others) Maneella 'Maletsabisa, (daughter of Chief Lesaoana Ramanela and Mathe), and had issue. He died 18th August 1905.
    • Paramount Chief Letsie II [Letsie Lerotholi] (by Maneella MaLetsabisa) (qv)
    • Paramount Chief Griffith [Nathaniel Griffith Lerotholi] (by Maneella 'Maletsabisa) (qv)
    • Chief Makhaola Lerotholi, an influential chief as he often represented Paramount Chief Griffith at the Basutoland National Council; married and had issue. He died 1932.
      • Chief Theko Makhaola M.B.E., Chief of Rats'oleli and Mashai 1931/-, during his tenure as Chief, he attempted to control stock theft along the South African border, he also served as advisor and judge in Matsieng for Paramount Chiefs Griffith and Seeiso, like his father, he too, represented Paramount Chief Griffith at the Basutoland National Council; when the African Pioneer Corps was formed he joined and rose to the rank of Sergeant-Major, he supervised Basotho troops in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, and was awarded the M.B.E. for his wartime service, he was an eloquent speaker and often spoke in favour of reform.
      • Chief Lelingoana Makhaola
      • Chief Makhabe Makhaola
    • Chief Api Lerotholi, born 1874, married and had issue. He died 1928.
      • Chief Rambata Api, married and had issue.
        • Chief Api Rambata, married and had issue.
          • Chief Solomon Api (?same as the following?)
          • Chief Mathealira Solomon Api, former Principal Chief of Ramabanta. He died in late August 1999 and was buried on 4th September 1999 at Ha Ramabanta at a funeral attended by the HM the King.
    • Chief Matlere Lerotholi, Chief of Motsitseng, died 1973.
    • Chief Marakabei Lerotholi
    • Chief Tsiu Lerotholi
    • Chief Jonathan White Lerotholi, Chief of Ha Poko 1936/-, married Mpesa, Chiefess of Ha Poko, died 1978, and had issue.
      • Chief Salae Lerotholi, Chief of Ha Poko 1978/1999, married and had issue. He died 1999.
        • [?Chief Motseare Lerotholi, Chief of Ha Poko, installed 28th February 2003.]
    • Letsabisa (by Maneella 'Maletsabisa), she married Chief Malebanye Potsane, son of Chief Potsane Mohale.
  • Paramount Chief LETSIE II [Letsie Lerotholi] 1905/1913, born about 1869, married and had issue. He died 28th January 1913.
    • Chief Tau Letsie, born 1901, died 1913.
    • Chief Makhaola Letsie, born 1913.
  • Paramount Chief GRIFFITH [Nathaniel Griffith Lerotholi] 1913/1939, born about 1871, married 1stly, Sebueng, daughter of Nkuebe, married (a), 'Mabereng, daughter of Nkuebe, and had issue. He died July 1939.
    • Paramount Chief Seeiso [Simon Seeiso Griffith] (by Sebueng) (qv)
    • Chief Reentseng Griffith, Chief of Matsieng.
    • Chief Mosoeu Griffith
    • Chief Bereng Griffith (by 'Mabereng), born 1902, married and had issue. He died September 1949.
      • Chief Letsie Bereng, Chief of Phamong, married 'Masenate Bereng, and had issue.
        • Chief Bereng Letsie Bereng, born 19th May 1963, Principal Chief of Phamong, married Chieftainess 'MaNthasi, Principal Chiefess of Phamong, and had issue, one daughter. He died 10th March 2002, buried 23rd March 2002 at Phamong.
          • Nthasi Bereng (f)
  • Paramount Chief SEEISO [Simon Seeiso Griffith] 1939/1940, born 1905, married 1stly, 'Mantšebo Amelia 'Matsaba Sempe Nkuebe, born 1902, died 1964, daughter of Chief Sempe Nkube, Regent of Lesotho 1941/1960, married 2ndly, 'Mabereng, married 3rdly, 'Maleshoboro Sempe, another daughter of Chief Sempe, and had issue. He died 26th December 1940.
    • HM King Moshoeshoe II [Motlothehi Seeiso] (by 'Mabereng) (qv)
    • Chief Mathealira Seeiso (by 'Mabereng), Chief of Mokhotlong.
    • Chief David Masupha Seeiso, Chief of Matsieng.
    • Ntš'ebo Seeiso (by 'Mantšebo), she married Chief Nkhahle Phakiso, son of Chief Phakiso Qajela (see above).
    • Chief Leshoboro Seeiso (by 'Maleshoboro), Chief of Lekhoele.
  • Morena Gabashane Masupha 1940/1941, Acting Paramount Chief 1940/1941, married and had issue. He died August 1949.
    • Morena Masupha III [David Gabashane Masupha], Principal Chief of Thupa Kuba.
  • 'Mantsebo Amelia 'Matsaba Sempe 1941/1960, Regent, born 1902, died 1964.
  • HM King MOSHOESHOE II [Motlothehi Moshoeshoe oa Bobeli], 7th Paramount Chief of Lesotho 1960/1966, 1st King of Lesotho 1966/1990 and 1995/1996, born 2nd May 1938 in Thabang, Mokhotlong District, as Constantine Bereng Seeiso; married 23rd August 1962, HM Queen 'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso [Tabitha 'Masentle Mojela], born 1941, Regent of Lesotho in 1970, 1990 and 1996, died 7th September 2003 at Mants'onyane near Maseru, buried 20th September at Thaba Bosiu, and had issue. He died 15th January 1996.
    • HM King Letsie III [David Mohato Bereng Seeiso] (qv)
    • HRH Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso, born 16th April 1966, Principal Chief of Matsieng, engaged 18th February 2001, married 15th December 2003, 'Machaka Makara (now Chieftainess ‘Mabereng Seeiso), and has issue.
      • HRH Prince Bereng Seeiso, born 2003.
      • HRH Prince (name unknown).
    • HRH Princess Constance Christina Maseeiso, born 24th December 1969, died 7th September 1994.
  • HM Queen 'Mamohato, Regent 1970 (June to December) and 1990 (March to November) and 1996 (January to February), born 1941, died 7th September 2003 at mants'onyane near Maseru.
  • HM King LETSIE III, 2nd King of Lesotho (see above)
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