Welcome to the official Clan Hay Continental Europe website

In the past Scottish society operated within the clan system, a term that comes from the Scottish Gaelic word "clannad" meaning "family".

The Hay Clan was a clan from the Borders and the North-East Coast of Scotland, whose historic territory was halfway between Aberdeen and Peterhead, and whose family seat was perched on a windy cliff.

Slains Castle

The Hays are one of the most important clans in Scotland.

The Earls of Erroll, received the great distinction of "Lords High Constable of Scotland" since Sir Gilbert Hay of Erroll was rewarded with this title by King Robert the Bruce after the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

Generations of Hays have been at the centre of Scottish history and drama. Merlin Hay, 24th Earl of Errol, is the 32nd hereditary chief of the Hay Clan.

Merlin Hay — Earl of Errol

Although the name Hay is now considered as a typically Scottish name, its origins are found in the north of France.

Branches of the family settled in England shortly after the Norman conquest.

The first Hays appeared in Scotland around the middle of the 12th century.

Pipeband Clan Hay

The result of the Scottish diaspora of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is that we have members in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The Continental European branch of our Clan allows us to bring history alive,and promote the customs and values of the Hay family on the Continent .

We organize various activities that we are happy to share with you i.e.the 70th birthday anniversary of our Clan Chief , Merlin Erroll.

Rally for the 70th anniversary of our Clan leader

Aboyne Games 2017