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Information on the Parish of Mertoun in Scotland.
'Tyde what may whate'er betyde, Haig shall be Haig of Bemersyde.'
This statement, reputedly by Thomas the Rhymer in the thirteenth century, was made about a century after the first Haig, Petrus de Haga, settled there. And there are still Haigs there today. Much has happened during the intervening years, and, at times, the links between the Haigs and the estate have been rather tenuous, but still it is true.
The direct line from Petrus died out in 1854, and the estate passed to a different line, the Haigs of distilling fame.
The present Earl Haig was educated at Cargilfield, Stowe and Oxford. Graduating in 1939, he was immediately involved in World War 2, being commissioned into the Greys and Royals. Posted abroad, first as ADC to the General Officer Commanding in the Western Desert, and later as a General Staff Officer in the 1st Armoured Brigade, he was captured by the Germans and taken prisoner.
He married Adrienne Morley, a Londoner, and another gifted artist in 1956. Their three children Raina, Vivienne and Alexander were born in 1958, 1959 and 1961, Alexander becoming Viscount Dawyck and heir to the Earldom.
Earl Haig, OBE, soldier and painter, died in Borders General Hospital, Melrose on July 10, 2009, aged 91.
He is survived by the Countess, his son and heir, Alexander, Viscount Dawyck and his two daughters.
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