|Earldom Haig |
Chief of Clan Haig
|Creation date||18 October 1919|
|Created by||King George V|
|Peerage||Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|First holder||Sir Douglas Haig|
|Present holder||Alexander Haig, 3rd Earl Haig|
|Remainder to||1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten|
|Subsidiary titles||Viscount Dawick|
|Motto||TYDE WHAT MAY |
(What will be, will be)
Earl Haig is a title in the peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1919 for Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. During the First World War, he served as commander of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front in France and Belgium (1915–18). Haig was made Viscount Dawick and Baron Haig, of Bemersyde in the County of Berwick, at the same time he was given the earldom, also in the peerage of the United Kingdom The viscountcy of Dawick is used as a courtesy title by the Earl's son and heir apparent. As of 2022[update] the titles are held by the first earl's grandson, the third earl, who succeeded his father in 2009.
The family seat is Bemersyde House, near Newtown St. Boswells, Roxburghshire.
The family motto is "Tyde what may", which refers to a 13th-century poem by Thomas the Rhymer which predicted that there would always be a Haig in Bemersyde:
'Tyde what may betyde
Haig shall be Haig of Bemersyde'.
The dates stated denote the period of proprietorship of the respective Lairds.
There is currently no heir to the earldom, viscountcy, or barony. Should the third earl die without a son, the titles will become extinct.
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