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Elizabeth (FitzClarence) Hay (1801 - 1856)

Lady Elizabeth "Countess of Erroll" Hay formerly FitzClarence
Born in Bushy House, Bushy Park, Hampton, Middlesex, Englandmap
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Wife of — married 4 Dec 1820 in London, England, United Kingdommap
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Died at age 54 in Edinburgh, Scotlandmap
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Elizabeth Hay, Countess of Erroll (17 January 1801 – 16 January 1856; born Elizabeth FitzClarence) was an illegitimate daughter of King William IV of the United Kingdom and Dorothea Jordan. She married William Hay, 18th Earl of Erroll, and became Countess of Erroll on 4 December 1820[2] at age 19. Due to Hay's parentage, William Hay became Lord Steward of the Household.[3] Elizabeth and William Hay married at St George's, Hanover Square.[4][5] Hay is pictured in a FitzClarence family portrait in House of Dun and kept a stone thrown at her father William IV and the gloves he wore on opening his first Parliament as mementos.[6] She died in Edinburgh, Scotland.[1]

Elizabeth and William Hay together had four children.[7]

1 Lady Ida Harriet Augusta Hay (18 October 1821 – 22 October 1867), one of the Queen's bridesmaids, was the Hays' firstborn child and daughter. She married Charles Noel, 2nd Earl of Gainsborough and had five children. Her descendants include the Earls of Gainsborough, the Marquesses of Bute and the Baronets of Bellingham.

2 William Hay, 19th Earl of Erroll (3 May 1823 – 3 December 1891), wed to Eliza Amelia Gore on 20 September 1848, was the second child and firstborn son.

3 Lady Agnes Georgiana Elizabeth Hay (12 May 1829 – 18 December 1869), wed to James Duff in 16 March 1846, was the third child and second daughter. Lady Agnes Hay's son, Alexander Duff, married Princess Louise, daughter of King Edward VII.[8]

4 Lady Alice Mary Emily Hay (7 July 1835 – 7 June 1881), wed to Charles Edward Louis Casimir Stuart (1824–1882; known also popularly as Count d'Albanie)[5] nephew of fraud John Sobieski Stuart, was the final child and daughter of the Hays.

Elizabeth's death was announced in the Saint James's Chronicle of 17 January 1856: [1]

We regret to announce the death of the Countess of Erroll, daughter of the late King William IV, which melancholy event took place yesterday at five minutes to eleven in the forenoon, at Edinburgh, while en route to London to attend the sick-bed of her brother, Lord Adolphus Fitzclarence...


  1. Death announcement of the Dowager Countess of Erroll in: Saint James's Chronicle 17 January 1856 page 2. British Newspaper Archive online on FindMyPast accessed 24 April 2021

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