William Hay, 3rd Earl of Erroll

Is your surname Hay?

Research the Hay family

William Hay, 3rd Earl of Erroll's Geni Profile

Records for William Hay

1,508,894 Records

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Related Projects

William Hay

Also Known As: "3rd Earl of Errol", "4th Lord of Hay"
Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death: January 14, 1507 (58)
Immediate Family:

Son of William Hay, Sir, 1st Earl of Errol, 2nd Lord Hay, Constable of Scotland and Beatrice Douglas, Countess of Erroll
Husband of Lady Isabel Gordon; Lady Elizabeth Leslie and Margaret Kerr
Father of Thomas Hay of Logie; Mariana Hay; William Hay, 4th Earl of Erroll and Mariana Elizabeth Lindsay
Brother of Nicholas Hay, 2nd Earl of Erroll; Isabel Hay; Elizabeth Hay, Countess of Huntly; Sir Gilbert Hay; Margaret Fraser and 3 others

Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About William Hay, 3rd Earl of Erroll

In 1488 at the Parliament held at Edinburgh castle by King James III of Scots (1460 - 1488) both William Hay,3rd Earl of Erroll and John Hay of Yester were among the many Lords who sided with the King while a rebel army, using Prince James (later James IV) as a figure head, marched from Linlithgow. In fact William was one of the Lords who insisted the King should flee to Fife as the rebels reached the outskirts of Edinburgh. The rebels, allegedly led by the 'Red' Douglas Archibald 'Bell the cat' ,while pursuing the King to Leith seized several wagons containing some of the King's money and cloths. William was also with the Lords who marched north with the King to Aberdeen to muster support in the highlands to oppose the rebels in the south. But at the battle of Sauchieburn near Stirling the Hays like so many of the other Lords at the Parliament abandoned the King to his own fate. The Royal army was routed by the rebels and the King badly wounded, fled to a nearby mill house where he was murdered by a rebel pretending to be a priest. By 1489 we find William Hay supporting the new regime under King James IV of Scots (1488 - 1513).

In 1513 the Hays of Erroll and the Hays of Yester with 87 gentlemen of their same name were all killed at the battle of Flodden along with King James IV of Scots.


view all

William Hay, 3rd Earl of Erroll's Timeline

Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Age 26
Moonzie, Fife, Scotland
Age 32
Logielmond, Monzie, Perth, Scotland
January 14, 1507
Age 58