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Elizabeth Hay, Countess of Erroll (17 January 1801 – 16 January 1856; born Elizabeth FitzClarence) was an illegitimate daughter of King William IV of the United Kingdom and Dorothea Jordan. She married William Hay, 18th Earl of Erroll, and became Countess of Erroll on 4 December 1820[2] at age 19. Due to Hay's parentage, William Hay became Lord Steward of the Household.[3] Elizabeth and William Hay married at St George's, Hanover Square.[4][5] Hay is pictured in a FitzClarence family portrait in House of Dun and kept a stone thrown at her father William IV and the gloves he wore on opening his first Parliament as mementos.[6] She died in Edinburgh, Scotland.[1]

Elizabeth Hay
Countess of Erroll
Portrait of Elizabeth Dowager (4670847).jpg
Born(1801-01-17)17 January 1801
Died16 January 1856(1856-01-16) (aged 54)
Edinburgh, Scotland[1]
Noble familyFitzClarence
Spouse(s)William Hay, 18th Earl of Erroll
Ida Noel, Countess of Gainsborough
William Hay, 19th Earl of Erroll
Agnes Duff, Countess Fife
Lady Alice Stuart
FatherWilliam IV
MotherDorothea Jordan


Children and descendantsEdit

Elizabeth and William Hay together had four children.[7]

British ex-Prime Minister David Cameron is a fourth great-grandson of Lady Erroll, thus making him the fifth cousin twice removed to Queen Elizabeth II according to Debrett's.[9]



  1. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl (11 April 2008). "Elizabeth Fitz-Clarence". The Peerage. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  2. ^ Burke, John (1826). A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom, for M.D.CCC.XXVI. London: H. Colburn. p. 109.
  3. ^ Taylor, James (1887). The Great Historic Families of Scotland.
  4. ^ Chapmen, John Henry; George John bart Armytage; George John Armytage, eds. (1896). The Register Book of Marriages Belonging to the Parish of St. George. Mitchell & Hughes. p. 384. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  5. ^ a b Paul, James Balfour (1906). The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland; Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom. University of Michigan: D. Douglas.
  6. ^ Aitken, Margaret (2004). Six Buchan Villages Revisited: Re-visited. Scottish Cultural Press. pp. 32, 71. ISBN 978-1-84017-051-1.
  7. ^ Lodge, Edmund; Anne Innes; Eliza Innes; Maria Innes (1851). The Peerage of the British Empire as at Present Existing. Saunders and Otley. p. 222.
  8. ^ Dillon, Charles Raymond (2002). Royals and Nobles: A Genealogist's Tool. iUniverse. p. 460. ISBN 0-595-25938-3.
  9. ^ Bee, Peter Wynter (2007). People of the Day. People of the Day (illustrated ed.). People of the Day Limited. p. 115. ISBN 0-9548110-1-1.


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  • de Vere Beauclerk-Dewar, Peter, Roger S. Powell, "Right Royal Bastards: The Fruits of Passion" (2007) ISBN 0-9711966-8-0