Elizabeth Hay, Countess of Erroll

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The Countess of Erroll
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The Countess of Erroll in 1842, by Henry Richard Graves
BornElizabeth FitzClarence
(1801-01-17)17 January 1801
Died16 January 1856(1856-01-16) (aged 54)
Edinburgh, Scotland[1]
Noble familyFitzClarence
(m. 1820; died 1846)
FatherWilliam IV
MotherDorothea Jordan

Elizabeth Hay, Countess of Erroll (née FitzClarence; 17 January 1801 – 16 January 1856) 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]

In 1856, while ill herself, she was summoned from Scotland to visit her dying brother Adolphus. Her illness worsened and she died on the journey in Edinburgh, Scotland.[1][7]

Children and descendants[edit]

Elizabeth and William Hay together had four children.[8]

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron is a fourth great-grandson of Lady Erroll, thus making him the fifth cousin twice removed to Queen Elizabeth II according to Debrett's.[10]



  1. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl (11 April 2008). "Elizabeth Fitz-Clarence". The Peerage. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  2. ^ Burke, John (1826). A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom, for M.D.CCC.XXVI. London: H. Colburn. pp. 109.
  3. ^ Taylor, James (1887). The Great Historic Families of Scotland.
  4. ^ Chapmen, John Henry; George John bart Armytage; George John Armytage, eds. (1896). The Register Book of Marriages Belonging to the Parish of St. George. Mitchell & Hughes. pp. 384. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  5. ^ a b Paul, James Balfour (1906). The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland; Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of that Kingdom. University of Michigan: D. Douglas.
  6. ^ Aitken, Margaret (2004). Six Buchan Villages Revisited: Re-visited. Scottish Cultural Press. pp. 32, 71. ISBN 978-1-84017-051-1.
  7. ^ "English news: Personal matters". The Tasmanian Daily News. Hobart Town, Tasmania. 10 May 1856. p. 6. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  8. ^ Lodge, Edmund; Anne Innes; Eliza Innes; Maria Innes (1851). The Peerage of the British Empire as at Present Existing. Saunders and Otley. pp. 222.
  9. ^ Dillon, Charles Raymond (2002). Royals and Nobles: A Genealogist's Tool. iUniverse. p. 460. ISBN 0-595-25938-3.
  10. ^ Bee, Peter Wynter (2007). People of the Day. People of the Day (illustrated ed.). People of the Day Limited. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-9548110-1-3.


  • Walford, Edward, "Hardwicke's Annual biography" (1857) p. 209
  • de Vere Beauclerk-Dewar, Peter, Roger S. Powell, "Right Royal Bastards: The Fruits of Passion" (2007) ISBN 0-9711966-8-0