Mary Hay

Although Mary was the heiress of her Jacobite family, it seems to have been her sister Margaret who was guardian of the family traditions. Mary married Michael Carmichel of Hazelhead, and the details of her life present her as a more pragmatic member and forward-looking, unconcerned by religious denomination, treating land as a commodity to buy and sell, and more interested in a secure future for her children than in preserving what is past.

1731- 5 February 1816
Restalrig, Edinburgh
John Hay Esq WS, of Restalrig, treasurer to Prince Charles, grandson of Sir John Hay of Alderston d. 6 December 1784.
Anne Elphinstone d.1739, daughter and heiress of James Elphinston of Restalrig
1 South St David's Street
East End
Religious views
The preamble of her will is family-focused rather than pious: 'For the love and regard I have to my children and grandchildren aftermentioned and to prevent any difference among them after my decease'. Like her sister Margaret she is particular about her burial arrangements, but whereas Margaret looks forward to joining her Episcopalian Jacobite parents, Mary's destination is with her husband and daughter in the parish churchyard:
'To the Reverend Mr Robert Ingles minister of the gospel in the parish of Carmichael the sum of Ten pounds all sterling money. And I request of him to see my body laid between my husband and daughter Margaret in the church yard of Carmichael.'
Wealth at death
£550. She received an annuity from her eldest son.
Through Mary the Carmichaels of Eastend came to represent the family of Hay of Restalrig, 'and possess a pair of diamond knee-buttons, given by the prince to their ancestor.' (3)
Chapel connection
1816 (funeral)
April 1756 at Carmichael
Michael Carmichael of Hazelhead d.1788. He acquired the 15th century castle of Hazlehead but removed the roof around 1776 and allowed it to go to ruin, chopping down an ancient yew tree and selling the building materials. (4)
Maurice Carmichael of Eastend (d. 1811, succeeded by eldest son Michael, m. Mary Honeyman, daughter and heiress of William Thomson Honeyman of Mansefield, Ayrshire), Dr John Carmichael, Anne Carmichael (d.1836, m. 1782 Alexander Tweedie of Quarter WS), Rebecca Thomas (m. Patrick Russell), Jane Douglas, Mary (m.George Clerk Cragie, Esq. of Dumbarnie in 1810)
Related to
Margaret Hay, sister.

Hazelhead in 1876


  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory
  3. George Vere Irving, The upper ward of Lanarkshire described and delineated (Volume 2) online accessed 27 June 2011 p.27
  4. Will, National Archives of Scotland SC70/1/16/263
  5. Hessilhead, in Wikipedia, accessed 28 June 2011.

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