Merlin Hay, 24th Earl of Erroll

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The Earl of Erroll
Born (1948-04-20) 20 April 1948 (age 67)
Title Earl of Erroll

Merlin Sereld Victor Gilbert Hay, 24th Earl of Erroll, (born 20 April 1948) is a cross-bench member of the House of Lords, Chief of Scottish clan Hay, and hereditary Lord High Constable of Scotland.[1]

Marriage and family[edit]

He is the son of Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, 11th Baronet, and Diana Hay, 23rd Countess of Erroll. He was educated at Eton College and at Trinity College, Cambridge. He succeeded his mother in 1978 as Earl of Erroll, and in 1985, his father as a Baronet. He married Isabelle Jacqueline Laline Astell Hohler (b. Brussels, 22 August 1955) in 1982 and has two sons and two daughters:

  • Harry Thomas William Hay, Lord Hay (b. Basingstoke, 8 August 1984)
  • Lady Amelia Diana Jacqueline Hay (b. Basingstoke, 23 November 1986)
  • Lady Laline Lucy Clementine Hay (b. Basingstoke, 21 December 1987)
  • Hon. Richard Merlin Iain Hay (b. Basingstoke, 14 December 1990)

He was page to the Lord Lyon in 1956. He is a member of the Council of the Hereditary Peerage Association.[2]

The countess is a patroness of the Royal Caledonian Ball.[3]

Military and business career[edit]

The Earl of Erroll has been a lieutenant at the Atholl Highlanders since 1974, and is a Member of the Royal Company of Archers. He served in the Territorial Army from 1975 to 1990, and was an Honorary Colonel of the Royal Military Police (Territorial Army) from 1992 to 1997. Erroll has worked as a marketing and computer consultant, is a Freeman of the City of London and a Member of the Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, of which he was Prime Warden in 2000–2001. He is also President of ERADAR the Chamber for Electronic Business,[4] and Chairman of the Digital Policy Alliance (EURIM).[5] He is a director of Lasseo, a not-for-profit technical standardization and interoperability membership organisation for smartcard technologies.[6]


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Tomlinson, Richard (20 Dec 1992). "They also serve, who only ush". Independent. 
  2. ^ Hereditary Peerage Association - Notices, HPA, 2009-02-02, retrieved 2009-04-14 
  3. ^ "Patronesses". Royal Caledonian Ball. 
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  6. ^ "LASSeO". LASSeO. Retrieved 2 May 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)


External links[edit]

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Diana Denyse Hay
Earl of Erroll
Harry Hay, Lord Hay