In 1951, the Chief in Clan Council established the Clan Hay Society with the aims:

  • The promotion of a spirit of kin and fellowship between all the various branches of the Clan all over the world, and encouraging friendship and reciprocal hospitality amongst them.
  • The sponsoring of Clan gatherings of all kinds and making grants towards the expenses thereof.
  • The fostering and maintenance of an interest in Scotland, as the land of our origin, and in her history and material prosperity.
  • The collection and preservation of the history and traditions of the Clan and all its branches and of historical works of art, antiquities, and relics connected therewith.
  • The research into, collection and integration of the genealogies of members.
  • The publication of literature and the reproduction of works of art illustrative of the history and traditions of the Clan.


  • Those bearing the names of Hay or MacGaradh
  • Those bearing names derived from the above such as De La Haye, Hayes, McGara etc
  • Those bearing the name of a sept or allied family, such as Errol, Gifford, Leith etc
  • Those claiming descent from families wh lived on Hay lands, whose ancestors thus formed part of the Hay following, such as Beagrie
  • Descent from or marriage to one of the above
  • Associate membership is open to anyone interested in the activities of the Society, if recommended by a branch or the Commissioner.

Please see the Septs section for names associated with the Clan Hay. All memberships are subject to the approval of the Chief.

Application for Membership

The current annual subscription is £15.00 sterling, payable to The Clan Hay Society, upon joining and on 1st January of each year thereafter.  Young people aged under 18 and living in the same household as a member paying a full subscription may become members upon payment of a further £5.00 per annum, but will not receive a copy of the journal.

Please return this form online and send your subscription of £15.00 sterling, via Paypal, to, remembering to use the “personal” tab.  Alternatively, you may print this form and return to the membership secretary, enclosing payment of £15.00 sterling:

Pam Rotheroe-Hay, The Clan Hay Society, Drumgesk Cottage, Dess, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire AB34 5BJ, Scotland.

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Your details will only be shared with Clan Hay Office bearers and no third parties. If you wish to be removed from the membership or mailing list, then contact Pam via

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There is a glitch in our system that occasionally delays receipt of online applications.  If we haven’t replied to you within 24 hours of your application, please email Pam Rotheroe-Hay on