News, articles, information and regular updates from the Clan Hay Society

Clan Hay sends loyal greetings to Her Majesty The Queen

On this, her Official Birthday, Clan Hay sends congratulations and warmest good wishes to Her Majesty The Queen on a unique anniversary.  Although it was on 6 February 1952 that she succeeded to the throne, it is across a four day weekend from 2 to 5 June that her Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated. The […]

The Hays’ Heraldry: what’s the difference?

21 May saw the last in the Spring session of the Clan Hay Society’s lecture series, when we heard from John Malden, Slains Pursuivant to the Earl of Erroll, Chief of Clan Hay. John has been at the heart of Scotland’s heraldic establishment for close on 50 years, a founding member of the Heraldry Society […]

Clan Hay Gathering 2022: The Aboyne Highland Games

For 40 consecutive years, the centrepiece of the Clan Hay Society’s activity in Scotland has been the Aboyne Highland Games, which takes place on the village green of Aboyne, on Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire.  Aboyne is one of the bigger events on the Highland Games circuit, which sees events happening all over Scotland, every weekend […]

The Hay Tartans: a lecture from Peter MacDonald

The Clan Hay Society’s most recent lecture saw an enthralling evening with Lt. Col. Peter MacDonald, the leading tartan historian of our age and a talented handloom weaver. Peter has been researching tartan and Highland costume for the last 40 years.  He is Head of Research for the Scottish Tartans Authority, and has successfully combined […]

Clan Hay Gathering 2022: Delgatie Castle, the Clan Hay Centre

There be six great barons of the north, Fyvie, Findlater and Philorth, And gin ye would ken the other three, Pitsligo, Drum and Delgatie The six baronies detailed in this piece of doggerel represent six of the great families of north east Scotland: Seton, Ogilvie, Fraser, Forbes, Irvine and Hay.  The six great tower castles […]

TV star’s Hay ancestry revealed

Readers may like to look up the first episode of the new ITV television programme, DNA Journey, which broadcast last week and can be located on  It looks at the family history of TV quiz show supremo Anne Hegerty, who found fame as one of the ‘chasers’ on the popular quiz show, The Chase. […]