Welcome to the website of the Clan Hay Society

Arms of the Earl of Erroll

Arms of the Earl of Erroll, as painted by Don Pottinger

The society was founded in 1951 to bring together all those with an interest in the Scottish family of Hay. The Hays are one of the major clans of Scotland, whose Chiefs, the Earls of Erroll, have been hereditary Lords High Constable of Scotland since Sir Gilbert Hay of Erroll was rewarded with that office after the Battle of Bannockburn by King Robert the Bruce.

Although Hay is now seen as a quintessentially Scottish name, its origins are in northern France, and branches of the family settled in England shortly after the Norman Conquest. The first Hays appeared in Scotland about the middle of the 12th century. This, combined with the Scottish diaspora of the 19th and early 20th centuries, means we have members in five continents, in places as diverse as France, Latvia, Australia, Norway and South Africa as well as at home in Scotland.

The society organises regular social get togethers wherever it is active in the world through its extensive branch network in the UK, continental Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, it can offer assistance with family history research through a network of genealogists who the society recommends. (Those interested in genealogical research click here.) It publishes an annual journal, a monthly e-newsletter, and runs a forum through Facebook. (Facebook users click here.) A hospitality tent is maintained at the annual Aboyne Highland Games in Aberdeenshire, to which all Hays are welcome.

For full details on membership of the Clan Hay Society, click here.

Clan Hay Pipe Band
A message from the Earl of Erroll, Chief of Clan Hay

We are very fortunate, as a clan, to have our own pipe band and are one of only a handful of clans to do so.

The Clan Hay Pipe Band is famous throughout Europe for their very high standard of playing and for their impeccable appearance.

In 2009 the band were very well received at the Homecoming in Edinburgh. At that time I had the privilege, along with thousands of other visitors, to hear them perform in the main arena and was proud to acknowledge them as the clan’s own band and Pipe Major Philippe Vervoort as my personal piper.

Plans are now taking shape for this year’s Homecoming and events to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn on 27th – 30th June 2014 at Bannockburn, near Stirling.  Clan Hay will be taking a major part in these events. Historically the battle was of great significance to Scotland and it was following this great battle that the title Lord High Constable of Scotland was bestowed upon the then Chief of the Hays, Sir Gilbert Hay of Erroll, by Robert the Bruce.

The Earl of Erroll with the Clan Hay pipe band at Holyrood

This year’s events begin on Friday 27th June when there will be a Pipe-Fest with numerous pipe bands marching to Stirling Castle.  www.pipefest.com
This will be followed on June 28th -30th by a great Clan Gathering and re-enactment of the battle at Bannockburn. Clan Hay will have a tent in the Clan Village where clan members can be assured of a very warm welcome.
The Clan Hay Pipe Band will take part in the Pipe-Fest and will perform throughout the weekend.

Following the financial difficulties experienced by the organisers of the Homecoming 2009 in Edinburgh, the Clan Hay Pipe Band did not receive their expenses. This meant that they had to meet the total cost of travel and accommodation. They support their expenses by fundraising throughout the year but travel from Belgium, accommodation and the purchase of equipment and uniforms is vastly expensive. Just a pair of socks for a band member costs over £100.

Hearing about the failure to receive payment, Henry Lafayette Collins III from New York (USA) made a very generous retrospective donation of $2,000. In recognition of this, the band has named a bass drum after him and I will inaugurate it during this year’s events.
This year we are looking for sponsors to help us to defray the cost of bringing the Clan Hay Pipers to this historic event.

All benefactors will be recognised in the clan tent at Bannockburn and in subsequent Clan Hay Journals.  People donating £25.00 or more will receive a certificate from the pipe band.

Clan Hay pipe band at the Aboyne Highland Games

Donations can be made either through PAYPAL;

PAYPAL ACCOUNT: rotheroehay@aol.co.uk. Please make payments in POUNDS STERLING and send as PERSONAL with the reference PIPE BAND.
Or, to the clan account;

Bank of Scotland

Account name: Clan Hay Society.

Account number: 00217049

Account sort code: 80-06-21


IBAN:GB74 BOFS 8006 2100 2170 49

Or, directly to the pipe band;

IBAN: BE09 9730 7298 5157

If you need a tax receipt, please email, hyetom@skynet.be

With every good wish,


Clan Hay Pipe Band parading in Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Clan Hay Pipe Band parading in Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Delgatie Castle, Aberdeenshire, the Clan Hay Centre

Delgatie Castle, Aberdeenshire, the Clan Hay Centre

Hay Tartan

Hay Tartan