HAY, Adam (1795-1867).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
Available from Cambridge University Press



Family and Education

b. 14 Dec. 1795, 7th but 3rd surv. s. of John Hay (d. 1830), banker, of Edinburgh and Haystoun, Peebles and Hon. Mary Elizabeth Forbes, da. of James, 16th Lord Forbes [S]; bro. of Sir John Hay, 6th bt*. m. 23 Mar. 1823, Henrietta Callender, da. of William Grant of Congalton, Haddington, 4s. (1 d.v.p.) 5da. (1 d.v.p.). suc. bro. as 7th bt. 1 Nov. 1838. d. 18 Jan. 1867.

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Hay entered the Edinburgh banking house of Forbes, Hunter and Company, in which his father was a partner. On his marriage in 1823 his father gave him £3,000.1 At the general election of 1826 he was returned for Linlithgow Burghs after securing the support of Lanark, Linlithgow and his family’s stronghold of Peebles, the returning burgh. He was reported to have been ‘not unmindful of the distressed operatives’ of Lanark, ‘for whose relief he subscribed very liberally’.2 He presented but dissented from the prayer of a Linlithgow petition against further relaxation of the corn laws, 26 Feb., and brought up one from Perthshire for protection against foreign wool imports, 6 June 1827.3 He was given three weeks’ leave on account of a family illness, 23 Mar. He was in the minorities of 37 for the separation of bankruptcy administration from chancery, 22 May, and of 16 against the Coventry magistracy bill, 11 June. Although he was reckoned to be one of the ‘sworn allies’ of the former minister and Scottish manager the 2nd Viscount Melville, who had resigned rather than serve in Canning’s coalition ministry, he divided with government for the grant for Canadian water defences, 12 June 1827.4 He was unable to comply with the new Wellington administration’s request for his attendance at the opening of the 1828 session, but assured Peel, the home secretary, of his ‘determination to support the line of politics, and party, you might think most likely to benefit the nation’.5 He was in their majority against chancery reform, 24 Apr. He presented petitions for repeal of the stamp duty on merchants’ receipts, 22 Feb., and restrictions on wool imports, 16 May. As e