Name: Janet (Jean) GIFFORD , Co-Heiress of Yester 1 2
Birth: ABT 1344 in Yester Castle, Gifford, East Lothian, Scotland
Janet/Jean elder daughter and coheir of Hugh Gifford of Yester, Haddingtonshire, thus acquiring the castle and a quarter of the lands of Yester; m. Sir Thomas de Haya of Locherwort; born by 1357; Sheriff Peebles. [Burke's Peerage]
Located 1½ miles (2½ km) SE of Gifford in East Lothian, Yester Castle was built in 1297 by Hugo de Gifford, the so-called Wizard of Yester. Beneath is the sizeable Goblin Ha', where Gifford is said to have made magic. This name is echoed in a small hotel in the village of Gifford and the goblins were immortalised in Sir Walter Scott's Marmion.
The castle passed to the Hay family through marriage in the 14th C. and in a similar fashion to so many others, it was abandoned after the Hays moved to the more comfortable surroundings of a new home on the site of the present Yester House. Today the castle lies a ruin on the margins of the Yester Estate owned by the italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti.
Father: Hugh GIFFORD , Laird of Yester b: 1306 in Yester Castle, Gifford, East Lothian, Scotland
Mother: Joanna DOUGLAS b: 1314 in Douglas Castle, Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Thomas de HAY , Laird of Lochorwart, Sir b: BEF 1357 in Lochorwart Castle, Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland
- Miss HAY , Heiress? of Lochorwart b: ABT 1372 in Lochorwart Castle, Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland
- William HAY , Laird of Lochorwart & Yester, Sir b: ABT 1375 in Lochorwart Castle, Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland
- Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
- Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
Page: I:155, XIV:26 note (bb)
Text: mother of William