Forward Together

Founded in 1960, the Clan Hannay Society is dedicated to global fellowship and friendship of all those bearing or descended from the family names Hannay, Hannah, Hanna or Hanney.

Sorbie Stories

Harry on horseback

Check out this new section of the site featuring short tales, submitted by family members, about people, places, and things from Clan history that deserve to be savored or remembered.

Get the Book!

First published in 1961, The Hannays of Sorbie traces the roots of those who bear the Hannay name (and its variants Hannah, Hanna and Hanney) from medieval origins in Southwestern Scotland to the present-day global family diaspora. This 4th edition (2019), the newest in almost 30 years, has been revised, expanded, annotated and indexed.

Available on Amazon in paperback or kindle.

Trouble finding it in your country? Try these links:
[UK] [France] [Australia] [New Zealand]

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Restoration Project

Help us rebuild Sorbie Tower! Please leave your messages of support (whether you are donating or not) in our restoration appeal on-line Book.

Meet the Chief

Dr. David R. Hannay, Chief of Clan Hannay of Kirkdale and That Ilk, trained at Cambridge University and St. George’s Hospital in London. He taught at the University of Glasgow and was Professor of General Practice in Sheffield before returning to Galloway as a partner in a local practice and Director of a Regional Research Network. He plays bagpipes, both Highland and Scottish smallpipes, and has enjoyed traveling the world and meeting members of the Clan  diaspora across the globe. He and his wife Janet, a teacher and environmentalist, live in Wigtownshire.

Sorbie Tower

The ancient keep of Sorbie, owned by the Clan Hannay Society, was build in the 16th century.  The ancient seat of the family, it was constructed beside the site of a twelfth-century wooden fort whose foundations can still be seen today. A major restoration campaign is in the works to return the structure to its former glory.

Find out more in our Sorbie Tower section.

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Clan Hannay Forum

2 weeks ago

Prints of my new book on my gold mining ancestors here in NZ have arrived! This book charts the history of four of my ggg grandparents who emigrated to NZ in the 1850’s and 1860’s, including my ggg grandfather William Stewart Hanna (1833-1919). Born in or near Fintona Tyrone, Northern Ireland, he emigrated as a small boy with his father Robert Hanna(h) (1811-1888) and mother Susan Stewart to St John New Brunswick, where his father became a successful wholesale grocer, before losing his money in the late 1850s. William Stewart Hanna then went to the Victorian gold rushes in Australia, before emigrating again to NZ, where he dug in Otago and on the West Coast before settling in Kumara, West Coast and being a member of the first borough council with Richard John Seddon, who is still NZ’s longest-serving PM to this day.The book also charts the history of Mary Eliza Ruddock new Hanna, WS’s daughter, who emigrated back to Canada and worked for many years as a private nurse, becoming the final link that helped me trace our family back unexpectedly to Canada and Ireland.Four years of work has gone into pulling together this book for my family. Really great to have the evidence of our family links preserved. Pictures of WS Hanna with other members of Kumara Borough Council (1877 or 1878) at no. 10 and Mary Eliza Ruddock nee Hanna and husband Frederick Ruddock, Vancouver, Canada. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Just to let everyone know that my dad Michael Hannay passed away on Monday 5th Feb , dad was 87 ,gone to be with mum. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Apres Ski @ Sauze d'Oulx 🏂 ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Yes Keith, I am a poet, here one just for you. ... See MoreSee Less
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