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.
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 base 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.