William Hay, 3rd Earl of Erroll

William Hay, 3rd Earl of Erroll PC (c.1449 – 14 January 1507) was a Scottish peer. He was the third Earl of Erroll and the fourth Lord Hay of Erroll.

The Earl of Erroll

Arms of the Earl of Erroll
7th Lord High Constable of Scotland
In office
Preceded byNicholas Hay
Succeeded byWilliam Hay
Personal details
Errol, Perthshire, Scotland
Died14 January 1507 (age 70 or 71)
Huntly, Aberdeenshire
Spouse(s)Isabel Gordon
Elizabeth Leslie


William Hay was the son of William Hay, 1st Earl of Erroll and his wife, Beatrix, daughter of James Douglas, 7th Earl of Douglas. He was the great-great grandson of King Robert II of Scotland and his first wife, Elizabeth Mure.[1][2]

He inherited the earldom after the death of his older brother, Nicholas, in 1470.

He was a member of the King James III's Privy Council and a commissioner for the 1482 peace treaty with England.[2]

Marriage and issue

He married first Lady Isabel Gordon, daughter of George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly and Princess Annabella of Scotland, daughter of King James I of Scotland. They had three sons and one daughter:[2]

  1. William Hay, 4th Earl of Erroll, killed with his brother at the Battle of Flodden, 9 September 1513. He married Christian Lyon, daughter of John Lyon, 3rd Lord Glamis, and had issue:
    1. William Hay, 5th Earl of Erroll
  2. Thomas Hay of Logie, killed at Flodden. He married Margaret Logie, daughter of Lyon Logie of that Ilk, and had issue:
    1. George Hay, 7th Earl of Erroll
    2. Beatrix Hay
  3. John Hay
  4. Lady Beatrix Hay, contracted to marry eldest son of Sir William Keith of Inverugie

He married secondly Lady Elizabeth Leslie, daughter of George Leslie, 1st Earl of Rothes. They had two sons and one daughter:

  1. John II Hay
  2. William Hay of Lesk
  3. Lady Elizabeth Hay, married David Lindsay, 8th Earl of Crawford


  1. Mackintosh, John (1898). Historic Earls and Earldoms of Scotland.
  2. James Balfour Paul (1906). The Scots Peerage: Volume 3. D. Douglas. pp. 565–566.
Military offices
Preceded by
Nicholas Hay
Lord High Constable of Scotland
Succeeded by
William Hay
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Nicholas Hay

Earl of Erroll

Succeeded by
William Hay
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