Clan gathering makes history

Flexing some Canadian muscle Jaime & Stacey Hannay with clan Chief Professor David Hannay. ESGG1135
Flexing some Canadian muscle Jaime & Stacey Hannay with clan Chief Professor David Hannay. ESGG1135

MORE than 100 members of the Clan Hannay Society travelled from all over the world to Wigtownshire last week for their 50th anniversary gathering.

Some journeyed from as far as Cambodia, America and Canada.

Clan Hannay gathering 2012 at Sorbie Tower. ESGG1133

Clan Hannay gathering 2012 at Sorbie Tower. ESGG1133

On Saturday, after the clan society AGM and lunch at Garlieston Village Hall, members were piped by David Hanna to escort the clan standard to the tune of “The Hannas Return to Sorbie” to mark the 50th anniversary of the society.

Guests included Curtis and Lesley Hannay from Colorado, who chose to marry at the tower, the ancient seat of the clan. The bride arrived in a vintage Rolls Royce on loan for the occasion, to be met by members of the clan and a guard of honour. Lesley was escorted to the tower by the clan chief, Professor David Hannay of Kirkdale.

The ceremony took part in the great hall, which had been prepared by the members, and was conducted by Rev Mead of Sorbie Parish. A champagne reception followed on the lawn in front of the tower, enjoyed by everyone.

A dinner dance took place on Saturday night at the Creedbridge House Hotel in Newton Stewart, and on Sunday clan members, as well as visitors and friends of Sorbie Tower, were treated to a hog roast and real ale as well as an auction and raffle, and live music by Route 66, poetry and an accoustic set from the Clan Hanna Band.

Clan Hannay gathering march towards Sorbie Tower for the start of their 50th anniversary celebrations. ESGG1132

Clan Hannay gathering march towards Sorbie Tower for the start of their 50th anniversary celebrations. ESGG1132

The Galloway weather didn’t disappoint, with the tower looking its best, with flags and bunting.

The society is open to all those bearing the name or descending from the name Hanna, Hannah, Hannay and Hanney.

As part of the celebrations Clan Hannay welcomed Friends of Sorbie Tower, a membership category opened by the clan to mark the anniversary and welcome members of the public who have an interest in the tower.

It is hoped that one day the tower, which is one of the oldest buildings in the Machars, will be restored to its former glory.

The first ever Hannay wedding at Sorbie Tower, pictured L-R Clan Chief, Professor David Hannay the newly wed Mr & Mrs Curtis Richard Hannay from America and co-ordinator Steve Hannay. ESGG1136

The first ever Hannay wedding at Sorbie Tower, pictured L-R Clan Chief, Professor David Hannay the newly wed Mr & Mrs Curtis Richard Hannay from America and co-ordinator Steve Hannay. ESGG1136

Anyone interested in the clan can contact Stephen Hanna on 07785544065.