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TITLE
James Boyd (Hay), 15th Earl of Errol
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_914_117_P004
DATE OF IMAGE
1852
PERIOD
1770s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31347
KEYWORDS
earls
lords
journeys
trips
nobility
Jacobites
Hanoverians
titles
James Boyd (Hay), 15th Earl of Errol

James Boyd was the eldest son of Lord Kilmarnock, who was executed as a Jacobite in 1746. James' brother Charles had also fought as a Jacobite at Culloden but James had fought with the government army and therefore retained his father's Kilmarnock estate but not his title.

James sold the estate and lived at Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire. On the death of a great-aunt he succeeded to the Hay title of Earl of Errol. Assuming the name Hay, James became the 15th Earl of Errol in 1758. He later became Grand Master Mason of Scotland and officiated, as Hereditary Lord High Constable of Scotland, at the Coronation of George III.

James and his brother Charles, who had spent more than 20 years in exile after Culloden, met Johnson and Boswell at Slains Castle during their tour of Scotland in the 1770s.

This illustration was taken from 'Boswell's Journal of the Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson' (1852 edition)

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James Boyd (Hay), 15th Earl of Errol

1770s

earls; lords; journeys; trips; nobility; Jacobites; Hanoverians; titles

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

James Boyd was the eldest son of Lord Kilmarnock, who was executed as a Jacobite in 1746. James' brother Charles had also fought as a Jacobite at Culloden but James had fought with the government army and therefore retained his father's Kilmarnock estate but not his title. <br /> <br /> James sold the estate and lived at Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire. On the death of a great-aunt he succeeded to the Hay title of Earl of Errol. Assuming the name Hay, James became the 15th Earl of Errol in 1758. He later became Grand Master Mason of Scotland and officiated, as Hereditary Lord High Constable of Scotland, at the Coronation of George III.<br /> <br /> James and his brother Charles, who had spent more than 20 years in exile after Culloden, met Johnson and Boswell at Slains Castle during their tour of Scotland in the 1770s.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Boswell's Journal of the Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson' (1852 edition)