Bay was an official who served both Siptah and
Queen-Pharaoh Twosre. He was also known as Irsu and is
supposedly of Syrian descent. This probably irritated
many Egyptian aristocrats of his era. He began his
usurpation of power when Twosre was regent for Siptah.
Bay was Twosre's confidant as well as her chancellor
during her rule. His name was mentioned in Siptah's
mortuary texts, but was not praised by his
contemporaries. He was generally known as an interloper
and usurper during the falling of pharaonic power.