Merlin Hay, 24th Earl of Erroll
|The Right Honourable
The Earl of Erroll
|Born||Merlin Sereld Victor Gilbert Hay
20 April 1948
|Residence||Woodbury Hall, Sandy, Bedfordshire|
|Offices||Lord High Constable of Scotland
Chief of Clan Hay
|Heir||Harry Hay, Lord Hay|
|Spouse(s)||Isabelle (née Astell), Countess of Erroll|
|Parents||Sir Rupert Iain Kay Moncreiffe, 11th Baronet
Diana Hay, 23rd Countess 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 the Scottish clan Hay, and hereditary Lord High Constable of Scotland.
Early life and education
Earl of Erroll
He succeeded his mother, the countess, in 1978 as Earl of Erroll, and in 1985, his father as a Baronet. He is a member of the Council of the Hereditary Peerage Association. As Lord Erroll was Chief of Clan Hay by virtue of his mother's title, his younger brother Peregrine took over their father as Chief of Clan Moncreiffe.
Marriage and family
He married Isabelle Jacqueline Laline Astell Hohler (b. Brussels, 22 August 1955), daughter of Major Thomas Sidney Hohler and heiress to the family of Astell, of Everton House, Bedfordshire, in 1982. The Countess is a patroness of the Royal Caledonian Ball  and serves as High Sheriff of Bedfordshire.
The couple has two sons and two daughters:
- Harry Thomas William Hay, Lord Hay (b. Basingstoke, 8 August 1984), engaged to Clementine Travis 
- 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); took the surname of Astell by Royal Licence in 2015.
Military and business career
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 21st SAS Artists Rifles (V) 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 continues to head the club, Puffin's Club, founded by his father. He is also President of ERADAR the Chamber for Electronic Business, and Chairman of the Digital Policy Alliance (EURIM).
Lord Erroll was one of 90 excepted hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords following the House of Lords Act 1999. A programmer and system designer by trade he sits as a crossbencher and usually speaks on matters relating to cybersecurity and information technology. He was a member of the Science and Technology Committee and criticised Tony Blair's government for the failure to curb cyber crime after various government agencies, including the Ministry of Defence and HM Revenue and Customs, reported massive losses of data in 2008. Most recently he was a member of the Information Committee from 2007 to 2012.
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Notes and references
- Tomlinson, Richard (20 Dec 1992). "They also serve, who only ush". Independent.
- "Hereditary Peerage Association - Notices". HPA. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
- "Patronesses". Royal Caledonian Ball.
- "Baden Powell's granddaughter opens road". Biggleswade Today.
- "Lord Hay engaged to Clementine Travis". Peerage News.
- "LASSeO". LASSeO. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
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- "One lord leaping on the government's IT flaws". The Guardian. 10 April 2008.
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Leigh Rayment's list of baronets [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Erroll
- Official Profile on the Parliament website
- Earl of Erroll Open Rights Group
- Pedigree at Genealogics
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Diana Denyse Hay
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Harry Hay, Lord Hay