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John Hay

Death: August 05, 1706 (13-22)
Courtrai, Spanish Netherlands (Fever)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Hay 2nd Marquess of Tweeddale and Lady Mary Hay
Husband of Lady Elizabeth Dalzell and Elizabeth Hunter
Brother of Jean Hamilton; Charles Hay, 3rd Marquess of Tweeddale; Brig Gen Lord William Hay, of Newham; Anne Hay and Gilbert Hay
Half brother of Reverend James Tweeddale

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About John Hay, Brigadier-General Lord

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Brigadier-General Lord John Hay (c. 1668 – 5 August 1706) was the second son of John Hay, 2nd Marquess of Tweeddale. He served in the British Army under the Duke of Marlborough.

Brig-General War Spanish Succession, present at battles of Schellenberg (1704) and Ramillies (1706)

commanded the famous regiment of dragoons, afterwards called the Scots Greys, at the battle of Ramillies and elsewhere.

Military Service

Colonel of the Scots Greys in 1704 by purchase, becoming a Brigadier General. Under the command of Hay the dragoons fought several distinguished actions, particularly at the Battle of Schellenberg where the unit dismounted and helped storm the heights on foot. The Greys also fought under Hay at the Battle of Ramillies, taking prisoners of the famous Régiment du Roi and, according to tradition, winning the distinction of wearing grenadiers' caps since enjoyed by the regiment.

Hay died on campaign from a lingering fever at Courtrai, 15 Aug. 1706, ‘to the regret of the whole army.’

Hay married twice;

  1. first to Lady Mary Dalzell, the only daughter of James Dalzell, 3rd Earl of Carnwath, by Lady Mary Seton.
  2. second to Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Charles Orby of Crowland, Lincolnshire. Elizabeth survived him and was later remarried to Major-general Robert Hunter.

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