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Clan Hay

☀☀☀ Officially registered clan, with Clan Chief, registered with the Lord Lyon Court.

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  • Crest/Badge
  • Gaelic Name: MacGaraidh
  • Motto: Serva Jugum - Remember the Yoke

This apparently recalls the story of how a countryman and his two sons defended the Scots against Danish invaders with nothing but an ox yoke while plowing a field (Luncarty 980). See Battle of Lunkarty

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  • Lands
  • Seat: Woodbury Hall
  • Historic Seat: Slains Castle (originally called The Tower of Bowness
  • Clan Chief: The Rt. Hon. Merlin Sereld Hay The 24th Earl of Erroll

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Origins of the name

One theory regarding the origin of the Hay clan is the Legend of Luncarty, when Hay and his sons excelled at the Battle of Lunkarty in 980. As a reward, the King of Perth granted to Hay the land over which the king's falcon flew. The land was later known as Erroll.

Another theory is that the original Hay family was Norman which arrived much later - the Norman princes de La Haye who were part of William the Conqueror's army that swept into England in 1066. The de la Hayes were from the Cotentin peninsula. The first Hay in Scotland was William de la Haye, Butler of Scotland and 1st Baron of Erroll (created 1178), who was an associate of Kings Malcolm IV (1153-65) and William the Lyon (1165-1214). He became ambassador to England at the end of the Century.

Historical references

Hay People

There are several branches of the Hay clan. Three of them are Peerages:

  • The Earls of Erroll
  • The Marquesses of Tweeddale
  • Robert de la Haye, brother of the 2nd Chief, was ancestor of the Marquesses of Tweedale, and his son William was the Ancestor of the earls of Kinnoull.
  • The Earls of Kinnoul
  1. David de la Haye, 6th Lord Erroll was killed at the Battle of Nevill's Cross in 1346, at which King David II was captured by the English.
  2. William, 4th Earl of Erroll was killed with King James IV at the Battle of Flodden. Many other Hays died at the same Battle.

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