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William George Hay
Earl of Erroll
Spouse Elizabeth Hay
Father William Boyd
Mother Alice née Eliot
Born 21 February 1801(1801-02-21)
Died 19 April 1846 (aged 45)

William George Hay, 18th Earl of Erroll, KT, GCH, PC (21 February 1801 – 19 April 1846), known as Lord Hay until 1819, was a Scottish peer.[1]

Erroll was the son of William Hay, 17th Earl of Erroll, and his wife Alice (née Eliot). His paternal grandfather was James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll, son of William Boyd, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock (who was attainted with his titles forfeited in 1746). In 1831 the Kilmarnock title held by his great-grandfather was revived when he was created Baron Kilmarnock, of Kilmarnock in the County of Ayr, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

Educated at Eton[2], Lord Erroll married Lady Elizabeth FitzClarence (17 January 1801 – 16 January 1856), the illegitimate daughter of William IV and Dorothy Jordan, on 4 December 1820. They were the parents of four children[3]:

Probably due to his wife's parentage, he was made Lord Steward of the Household. Under the Whig Ministry of 1830 he was made Master of the Buckhounds; in 1831 became a Peer of the United Kingdom by the title of Baron Kilmarnock, and in 1832 Knight-Marischal of Scotland, and Lord-Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire.[4]

He died in London in 1846 and was succeeded by his eldest son, William.

See also


  1. ^ Kidd, Charles (1990). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. David Williamson (1990 ed.). St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0312046405.  
  2. ^ Eton College; Henry Edward Chetwynd Stapylton (1863). The Eton school lists, from 1791 to 1850: every third year after 1793, with notes. E. P. Williams. pp. 87.  
  3. ^ Lodge, Edmund; Anne Innes, Eliza Innes, Maria Innes (1851). The Peerage of the British Empire as at Present Existing. Saunders and Otley. pp. 222.  
  4. ^ Taylor, James (1887). The Great Historic Families of Scotland.  
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
Political offices
Preceded by
New post
Master of the Horse to Queen Adelaide
Succeeded by
The Earl of Denbigh
Preceded by
The Earl of Chesterfield
Master of the Buckhounds
Succeeded by
The Lord Kinnaird
Preceded by
The Duke of Argyll
Lord Steward
Succeeded by
The Earl of Liverpool
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Gordon
Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Aberdeen
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
William Harry Hay
Earl of Erroll
Succeeded by
William Hay
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Kilmarnock
Succeeded by
William Hay


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