William Hay, 17th Earl of Erroll
The Earl of Erroll
|Lord High Commissioner|
|Preceded by||The Lord Napier|
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Morton|
12 March 1772
|Died||26 January 1819(aged 46)|
(m. 1792; died 1793)
(m. 1796; died 1812)
|Relations||William Boyd, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock (grandfather)|
|Parents||James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll|
Erroll was the son of James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll and his second wife, Isabella Carr, the eldest daughter and co-heiress of William Carr of Etal in Northumberland. His elder sister, Lady Augusta Hay (the first wife George Boyle, 4th Earl of Glasgow), succeeded to the Etal estate in 1806. From his father's first marriage to Rebecca Lockhart, he had one half-sibling, Lady Mary Hay, who married Gen. John Scott of Balcomie.
From 1817 to 1819, he was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
- Lady Dulcibella Hay (1793–1885), who married The Ven. Charles Nourse Wodehouse, Archdeacon of Norwich, second son of the Rev. Philip Wodehouse, Prebend of Norwich (brother of John Wodehouse, 1st Baron Wodehouse, and second son of Sir Armine Wodehouse, 5th Baronet) and Apollonia Nourse (daughter and co-heiress of John Nourse), in 1821.
Secondly, he married Alicia Eliot (d. 1812), the third daughter of Samuel Eliot and Alice (née Byam) Eliot (a daughter of Col. William Byam of Antigua), in 1796. Alicia was the sister-in-law of Sir Thomas Stapleton, 6th Bt. (also the 16th Baron Le Despencer). Together, they were the parents of seven children, including:
- James Hay, Lord Hay (1797–1815), who was killed at the Battle of Quatre Bras.
- Lady Alicia Hay (1798–1799), who died young.
- Lady Isabella Hay (1800–1868), who married Lt.-Gen. William Wemyss, second son of Lt.-Gen. William Wemyss MP and Frances Erskine (a daughter of Sir William Erskine, 1st Baronet) in 1820.
- William Hay, 18th Earl of Erroll (1801–1846), who married Lady Elizabeth FitzClarence, an illegitimate daughter of King William IV by his mistress Dora Bland ("Mrs Jordan").
- Lady Harriet Jemima Hay (1803–1837), who married Daniel Gurney, the High Sheriff of Norfolk, in 1822.
- Lady Caroline Hay (1805–1877), who married John Morant of Brockenhurst in 1823.
- Hon. Samuel Hay (1807–1847), who married Louisa Pleydell-Bouverie, the only daughter of Vice-Admiral Hon. Duncombe Pleydell-Bouverie (second son of Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie, 2nd Earl of Radnor) and Louisa May (second daughter of Joseph May of Hale House), in 1832.
- Lady Emma Hay (1809–1841), who married Rear-Admiral James Erskine Wemyss, eldest son of Lt.-Gen. William Wemyss, in 1826.
In 1816, he married, thirdly, to Harriet Somerville (d. 1864), sister of Mark Somerville, 16th Lord Somerville and third daughter of Lt.-Col. Hon. Hugh Somerville (second son of James Somerville, 13th Lord Somerville), by his second wife, Mary Digby (eldest daughter of Hon. Wriothesley Digby, son of William Digby, 5th Baron Digby). They were the parents of three children, including:
- Rev. Hon. Somerville Hay (1817–1853), who married Lady Alicia Diana Erskine, third daughter of Henry Erskine, 12th Earl of Buchan, in 1843.
- Lady Fanny Hay (1818–1853), who married the Rev. Stephen Ralph Cartwright, Rector of Aynhoe, in 1848.
- Lady Margaret Hay (1819–1891), who married Frederick Astell Lushington, sixth son of Sir Henry Lushington, 2nd Baronet and Fanny Maria Lewis (sister and co-heiress of Matthew Gregory Lewis) in 1846.
|Ancestors of William Hay, 17th Earl of Erroll|
- Lodge, E.; Innes, A.; Innes, E.; Innes, M. (1834). The Peerage of the British Empire as at Present Existing: Arranged and Printed from the Personal Communications Pf the Nobility, by Edmund Lodge, to which is Added a View of the Baronetage of the Three Kingdoms. Saunders and Otley. p. 182. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
- "Erroll, Earl of (S, 1452)". www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk. Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
- Edwards, Ed D.; Edwards, S. Elizabeth (2009). The Countess of Erroll. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4490-4830-3. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
- Debrett, J. (1816). The Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland. The Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland. F.C. and J. Rivington. p. 652. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
...and was appointed knight marischal of Scotland, Feb. 5, 1805.
- Ranieval, The Marquis of Ruvigny and (2013). The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: The Mortimer-Percy Volume. Heritage Books. p. 290. ISBN 978-0-7884-1872-3. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
The Lord Napier
| Lord High Commissioner
The Earl of Morton
|Peerage of Scotland|
| Earl of Erroll