James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll

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The Earl of Erroll
James Hay (1726-1778), 15th Earl of Erroll, by Joshua Reynolds.jpg
James Hay (1726-1778), 15th Earl of Erroll (Joshua Reynolds)
Born 20 April 1726
Died 3 July 1778
Spouse(s) Isabella Carr
Children Augusta Hay
George Hay (16th Earl of Erroll)
William Hay (17th Earl of Erroll)
Lady Margaret Hay
Parent(s) William Boyd (4th Earl of Kilmarnock)
Anne Livingston of Erroll

James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll (20 April 1726 – 3 July 1778) was the son of William Boyd, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock.

He was born with the name of James Boyd but legally changed it to James Hay in 1758, when he succeeded his great-aunt as Earl of Erroll (his father's titles were attainted and thus he did not succeed to them).

In 1749, he married Rebecca Lockhart (died 1761), by whom he had one daughter:

  • Lady Mary Hay (1754–?), married John Scott of Balcomie in 1770, divorced in 1771.

In 1762, he married Isabella Carr (1747–1808) and they had twelve children:


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Academic offices
Preceded by
James Milliken of Milliken
Rector of the University of Glasgow
Succeeded by
Thomas Miller
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Eglinton
Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Scotland

Succeeded by
George Drummond
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Mary Hay
Earl of Erroll
Succeeded by
George Hay