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Boyd, Earl of Kilmarnock

This branch are female line descendants of Hay, Earl of Erroll.
One of them inherited the title of Earl of Erroll and changed surname to Hay.

Execution of William Boyd, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock, Tower Hill, 1746.
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William Boyd, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock (also here).
He mar 1724 to Anne Livingston [grand-dau of John Hay, 12th Earl of Erroll].

He fought on the Jacobite side at the Battle of Culloden 1746:
The 4th Earl fought for the Jacobite rebels at the Battle of Culloden 1746.
One son (Charles) fought with him, and two sons (James and William) fought for the government side!
He was captured at the battle, found guilty of treason and beheaded on Tower Hill, London, 18 Aug 1746.
He was attainted, so his titles were not inherited.
4th Earl and Anne had issue:

  1. William Boyd, Lord Boyd,
    born Mar 1725,
    died before Feb 1728, age 2 yrs.

  2. James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll (and here),
    eldest surviving son,
    born James Boyd, Dec 1726.
    He was styled as Lord Boyd between 1728 (brother's death) and 1746 (father attainted).
    Army officer. He was in the 21st Regiment of Foot of the Royal Forces.
    He fought on the government side at the Battle of Culloden 1746.
    He mar 1stly, 1749, to Rebecca Lockhart.
    Commanded a Company in America 1754. Transferred to Arbin's Regiment of Foot 1755. Retired from the Army 1758.
    He changed his name to Hay when succ to Earldom of Erroll 1758.
    He took up residence in Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire.
    Rebecca died 1761.
    15th Earl mar 2ndly, 3 Aug 1762, to Isabella Carr [born 31 Mar 1742, dau of Sir William Carr of Etal, Northumberland].
    Henry Noltie became his valet c.1768.
    Mary Hopper became Isabella's maid prob. 1770.
    Isabella's father Sir William Carr died 1777.
    15th Earl inherited Etal, Northumberland.
    He died July 1778, age 51 yrs.
    Henry Noltie and Mary Hopper married in 1780 and left the service of the Earl's widow Isabella, which displeased her.
    Isabella died 3 Nov 1808.
    15th Earl had issue by Isabella:

    1. George Hay, 16th Earl of Erroll (and here),
      born 1767,
      succ as a child 1778,
      committed suicide on a point of honour 1798, age 31 yrs (NOT 1789).

    2. William Hay, 17th Earl of Erroll (and here),
      born Mar 1772, succ 1798,
      died Jan 1819, age 46 yrs.

  3. Captain Charles Boyd,
    twin, born 1728.
    Captain in Jacobite Life Guards.
    He fought on the Jacobite side at the Battle of Culloden 1746.
    After Culloden he escaped to the Isle of Arran, and then to France, where he lived in exile for about 20 years until pardoned.
    He then returned to Scotland.
    He died 1782, age 54 yrs.

  4. Captain William Boyd, second William,
    twin, born 1728.
    Gained the rank of Midshipman in 1745 in Royal Navy.
    He fought on the government side at the Battle of Culloden 1746.
    Gained the rank of Captain in 1760 in the 87th Foot.
    In 1761 he transferred to 114th Regiment of Infantry.
    He died 1780, age 52 yrs.

James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll (died 1778).
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From here.



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