Gaelic Name for Hay: Mac Garaidh (French La Haye, place-name in Normandy, meaning the stockade)
Chiefs and Chieftains of Clan Hay
Origin of Clan Hay
Clansfolk of Clan Hay
Clan Hay in the Military
Septs of Clan Hay
Symbols of Clan Hay
The Hays trace their origin to William de la Haye, Butler of Scotland, who married a celtic heiress and became Baron of Erroll.
Legend has it that Erroll was acquired by a falcon's flight, in reward for an ancient victory with ox-yokes over Vikings. Some sources state this was a victory over the Danes at a battle of Lunearty, on which history is silent.
Erroll was sold after 1636, when a prophecy attributed to Thomas the Rhymer was apparently fulfilled by the fall of a mistletoe- grown oak associated with strange Hay ritual each All Hallowe'en.