William Hay

William Hay[1, 2]

Male Bef 1380 - Bef 1421  (~ 41 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name William Hay 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born Bef 1380  Lochorwart Castle, Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef Aug 1421 
    Person ID I121363  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2010 

    Father Thomas de Haya,   b. Abt 1334, Lochorwart Castle, Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1397, Yester Castle, Haddingtonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Janet Gifford,   b. Abt 1344,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1362 
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Family ID F235988  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Alicia Hay,   b. Abt 1382, Kinnoul Castle, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1448  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    +1. David Hay,   b. Abt 1412,   d. Bef 2 Sep 1478, Locherworth & Yester Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
    +2. Edmund Hay,   b. Abt 1409, Lockerworth, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Jean (Janet) Hay,   b. Locherworth, Edinburgh, Mlot, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +4. Margaret Hay,   b. Abt 1398,   d. Aft 22 Apr 1484  (Age ~ 86 years)
     5. William Hay,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +6. Alicia Hay,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2010 
    Family ID F49347  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jean Gifford,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Y  [3
     1. Thomas Hay,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Elizabeth Hay,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2007 
    Family ID F49348  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Laird of Yester ; Sheriff of Peeblesshire or Tweeddale. Commissioner appointed to treat with the English. April 27, 1409, Given safe-conduct to England on 5 occasions. 1420, Founded the Collegiate Church of Yester.
      " .. was Sheriff of Peeblesshire. He married Jean or Joanna, eldest daughter of Sir Hugh Gifford of Yester, the head of an old family which settled in Scotland in the reign of David I, and obtained from that monarch lands in East Lothian. William the Lion conferred upon him the barony of Yester. In the course of time the parish which bore that name came to be popularly called Gifford. His grandson, Hugh Gifford, was one of the guardians of Alexander III and his queen. He was regarded as a skillful magician, and several anecdotes are told of his magical art, and his control over demons and the powers of nature. Fordun mentions that in Gifford's castle there was a capacious cavern, said to have been formed by magical art, and called in the country, 'Bo-Hall,' that is, Hobgoblin Hall. Sir David Dalrymple, in his 'Annals,' says, 'A stair of twenty-four steps led down to this apartment, which is a large and spacious hall, with an arched roof; and though it has stood for many centuries, and been exposed to the external air for a period of fifty or sixty years, it is still as firm and entire as if it had only stood a few years. From the floor of this hall another stair of thirty-six steps leads down to a pit, which hath a communication with Hope's Water.' This ancient and strong castle, which stands on an elevated peninsula, near the junction of two streams, has long been in ruins, though the Goblin Hall was tenanted by the Marquis of Tweeddale's falconer so late as 1737. Sir Hugh's appearance and dress are vividly described by Sir Walter Scott in the third canto of 'Marmion;' and of the hall he says --h the castle deep it lies;o pave, the arch to round,s wrought by word and charm.' "Sir Hugh Gifford's heiress brought the barony of Yester into the Tweeddale family, and they quartered the arms of Gifford with their own.hurch of Yester, of which Sir William obtained the patronage along with the estate, was originally called St. Bathan's. It was converted by him into a cllegiate establishment for a provost, six prebendaries, and two choristers; and in this state it continued until the Reformation.he Hays were henceforth designated as of Yester, they still continued to reside at Neidpath Castle, on the banks of the Tweed, near Peebles. In all probability the newer part of that castle was built by Sir William in the early part of the fifteenth century. For the sake of security the walls of the new structure were made enormously thick and strong; but a serious mistake was committed in a military point of view, in allowing the old castle to remain, for its walls were greatly inferior in strength and thickness to those of the new part of the fortress, and the old part consequently formed its vulnerable part as soon as artillery came into use.
      ....Thomas Hay, of Errol, and had issue by both wives. The first bore to him three sons and three daughters, the second a son and a daughter. The eldest son, William, predeceased him; the second son, Thomas, was one of the hostages for James I in 1423, when his income was estimated at six hundred marks yearly. He survived his father only four years, and died unmarried in 1432. He was succeeded by his brother, David ..."c Families of Scotland, James Taylor

  • Sources 
    1. [S6233] The Scots Peerage, Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Volume IV., Sir James Balfour Paul, Lord Lyon Kg. of Arms, (Edinburgh: David Douglas 1907), 445 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S5917] STIRNET GENEALOGY, (http://www.stirnet.com/).

    3. [S11] Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, Frederick Lewis Weis, (4th ed, Genealogical Publishing, Baltimore , , Repository: J.H. Garner), line 41E pp 46-48 (Reliability: 0).

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