17th March 2015

Clan Hay Journal due for publication

Hank Collins, the Earl of Erroll and Pipe Major Phillippe Vervoort at Bannockburn Live

Hank Collins, the Earl of Erroll and Pipe Major Phillippe Vervoort at Bannockburn Live

The annual Clan Hay Journal for 2015 is set to be published in the next fortnight.

Circulated annually to members of the Clan Hay Society at the end of March, the Clan Hay Journal for this year includes:

*     a report and pictures of the Clan Hay’s presence at Bannockburn Live, the major gathering at Stirling last year which commemorated the 700th anniversary of Scotland’s liberating victory under Robert the Bruce in 1314

*    an interesting revelation about a second standing stone at Luncarty, the site in Perthshire of Clan Hay’s legendary origin

*    full details of the forthcoming Clan Hay tour of Scotland, (of which some further detail can be discovered by clicking on the ’2015 Programme’ tab at the top of this page)

*    Angus Hay’s account of Clan Hay’s activities during the Peninular War and the Battle of Waterloo

*    Some thoughts on Robert the Bruce, and why, against unlikely odds, Hays of the 14th century might have supported him

*   Pam Rotheroe-Hay’s article about the Chief’s home at Old Slains on the Aberdeenshire coast, and its availability for rent to members of Clan Hay

*    Norwegian member Alf Hay’s analysis of an early letter to the King of Norway, describing the origin of the Hay family

*    Reports from the Clan Hay Society’s branches in America, Canada, Australia and continental Europe, detailing a packed programme of activities from last year and looking forward to the year to come.

Members of the Clan Hay Society can expect to receive the 2015 Journal by the end of the month.  If you’re not a member yet, click on the ‘Membership’ tab at the top of this page and join us to receive your copy.



9th March 2015

Clan Hay secures Visit Scotland funding

The hall at Duns Castle, where the formal dinner and murder mystery will take place

The hall at Duns Castle, where the formal dinner and murder mystery will take place

The Clan Hay Society has once again been chosen by Visit Scotland, the government agency charged with attracting visitors to our shores, as one of the clan societies to receive a grant towards the cost of its activities.

These funds, amounting to £5000, are specifically for our annual gathering in August and are to be focused our second Tartan Ties event.  Tartan Ties was launched in 2009, again with Visit Scotland’s support.  Our 2015 annual gathering will include a tour of Clan Hay sites across Scotland, including a murder mystery evening at Duns Castle, the Berwickshire home of Alick and Aline Hay of Duns.

This is the year of food and drink and Visit Scotland’s funding for clan activities is focused on this area.  The purpose of the funding is to encourage Clan Hay members to visit the homeland, whilst involving local communities.  The Duns Castle event will include a formal black tie/tartan dinner with a murder mystery led by a professional team.  Guests will be invited to take on the roles of characters, in this Scottish themed performance.

We are grateful to Visit Scotland for their continued support and for their recognition of the Clan Hay Society’s role in attracting and entertaining visitors from overseas.  The success of our events at Bannockburn Live in 2014 was taken into account in reaching the decision to award the grant.

Thanks to this, we are able to make this year’s tour a particularly special experience and to keep down the cost to our members.

Click on the 2015 Programme tab at the top of this page for full details of how to participate.

25th February 2015

Local man revealed as new owner of Clan Hay property

Kingsmeadows House

Kingsmeadows House

Kingsmeadows House near Peebles, historically the main seat of the Hays of Haystoun, has been acquired by local developer Alan Mawer.

Mr Mawer, who was born and raised in the border town, is the owner of Granton Homes, the property development company.  It is understood that Granton Homes has applied to Scottish Borders Council for planning consent to turn the Georgian house into 12 apartments.

Local fears that the property would be bought by a developer who would seek to build on the 19 acre estate have been allayed to some extent, although Mr Mawer stopped short of ruling it out.  He described the estate as a ‘fantastic site’ and said that there were no plans to develop it at the moment.

Peebles Community Trust, which had hoped to acquire the property for the benefit of the community, have reacted with dismay to the news.  Their spokesman said that this is ‘exactly what we feared would happen’ and expressed concern that the profit motive would override any requirement to preserve the Grade II listed building as it stands.

The plans can be viewed at Scottish Borders Council’s website ( where concerned Clan Hay members will be able to lodge objections to the development.