4th July 2014

Clan Hay at Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Royal Mile parade

Clan Hay Pipe Band in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, having just left the gates to Holyrood Palace

As a result of their impressive performance entertaining thousands of visitors to last weekend’s Bannockburn Live event, the Clan Hay Pipe Band has been invited to perform at next year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The Edinburgh Tattoo is a highlight of Scotland’s national events programme and has delighted a worldwide audience in every year since 1950.  This annual celebration of music and entertainment, combined with Scotland’s unique traditional military ceremonial, never fails to attract a global audience of millions.  Taking place in Edinburgh over three weeks in August, the Tattoo will be viewed by around 220,000 visitors on the castle esplanade and an estimated 100 million people across the globe will watch the performances on television.

This is the first time a clan pipe band has been invited to take part in the iconic event.  The 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will run from 2nd to 29th August.  Full details of performances by the Clan Hay Pipe Band will be published as soon as they are to hand.

24th June 2014

Bannockburn Live this Weekend

The face of Robert the Bruce depicted in his statue at Bannockburn

The face of Robert the Bruce depicted in his statue at Bannockburn

Today, Tuesday 24th June 2014, is the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn where King Robert I vanquished the English, securing independence for Scotland and the throne for himself.

With less than a week to go, Clan Hay looks forward in anticipation to taking part in Bannockburn Live, the signature event that takes place this coming weekend to mark this landmark anniversary.

This is a major event celebrating one of the key events in Scotland’s history.  It is a truly national celebration, with no political bias, offering activities for all Scots and expatriate Scots, of all ages.

Highlights of a packed weekend programme include:

Friday 27th June: Pipefest Stirling.  A parade of 1500 pipers, drummers and Clan Societies through the city of Stirling, beginning on Stirling Castle esplanade at 6.00 pm. The much respected and award winning Clan Hay Pipe Band will be among those leading the parade, and our fellow clansmen would, doubtless, appreciate your support.   Clan Hay will gather at a local restaurant for dinner after the parade.  Contact the Treasurer, Pam Rotheroe-Hay on to join us.

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June: Bannockburn Live.  A spectacular two day event at the newly refurbished, state-of-the-art Bannockburn Heritage Centre near Stirling including festivals of Scottish music, literature, food & drink and sport, together with a working 14th century village demonstrating 14th century crafts.  There will the three re-enactments of the battle on each day, performed by experienced battlefield performers, which will re-create the experience of our Hay ancestors who played a heroic part in this epic struggle, all those years ago.  The Clan Hay Society will have a hospitality tent in the Clan Village, where Hays from Scotland and further afield will be welcomed between 10.00 am and 7.00 pm on both days.  See for tickets for this event.

Saturday 28th July: Tartan Ties.  A ceilidh and supper event organised by the Clan Hay Society and supported by sponsorship from Visit Scotland, taking place at nearby Blair Drummond Hall, from 7.30 pm.  The cost is £25.00 and tickets are available from the treasurer on

We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a truly memorable weekend.



6th June 2014

Clan Hay Member Returns to Normandy for D Day Commemoration

Vera Hay, back in Normandy 70 years on

Vera Hay, back in Normandy 70 years on

Among those taking part in today’s 70th anniversary commemoration of the D Day landings will be 92 year old Vera Hay from Cumbria.

Vera began training as a nurse shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War at London’s Hammersmith Hospital.  She gained valuable experience treating casualties during the blitz, but she was committed to working with fighting troops and when her four year contract with Hammersmith expired in 1943, she joined Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service.

She landed on Gold Beach in Normandy a week after D Day.  It took her a full 24 hours to travel the 10 miles to Chateau de Beaussy field hospital where she was to be stationed, avoiding contact with under cover German military en route.

There, she worked as a ward sister treating around 200 casualties per day.  There was no rota for the nurses; they all worked round the clock, snatching sleep whenever they could, often for only an hour or two at a time.  Initially they had to sleep in a ditch until tents were eventually provided.

Vera is pictured here outside Chateau de Beaussy where she worked.  Among her medals, she is wearing France’s highest honour, the Legion d’Honneur.