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.

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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.

Gathering 2022

The 2022 Gathering was held the last week of May.  For a recap of our first in-person get-together since 2019, have a look at our daily posts (featuring video) from the event:

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.

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.

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1 month ago

Hello Everyone I thought I’d send a nice photo of myself& This is a photo of my grandfatherRichard Hanna Known as DickHe was chief Petty Officer in the Navy was in the 2 world war in Papua New Guinea and Coral Sea I’ll tell you a little bit about myself I’ve been married twice have four kids I am a support rider for Patriots Australia at Narangba Queensland They are Ex & Serving Military Guys & Girls that ride Harleys I have a Dyna St Bob 1700 and I love it it’s the best thing everElle Hanna 🇦🇺🌻  ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Found this music book in an antique store in Palatka Florida. Over 200 pages of songs. Pretty interesting….. ... See MoreSee Less
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13 hours ago

For all you Scottish Country Dancers - found this one for you. Now have 2 x Clan Hannay Dances. Hannays Return to Sorbie and this one.## Scottish Country Dance Instruction**HANNA'S PRIDE** (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Avril and David Quarrie Dunsmuir Dances, 19971- 8 1s set, cast (2s step up), dance down between 3s and cast up to end LSh to LSh in centre ready for...9-12 1L+2s and 1M+3s dance RH across, 1s end facing 1st corners13-16 1s turn ½ RH with corners while 2s set, 1st corners (in centre) ½ turn LH while others dance clockwise 1 place round17-24 Repeat 13-16 twice from new positions. 1s end facing 1st corners25-32 Interrupted Hello-Goodbye setting: 25-28 1s set to 1st corner and set to partner, turn ¾ RH to face 2nd corners; 29-32 Repeat with 2nd corner; 1s end on own side in 2nd place. 213(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)Enjoy - Yours in kinship ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

Hi Hanna cousins..Any historians out there? Does anybody know why, how or when the Hanna Clan first traveled to Ireland? I’m open up all theory’s or opinions. I’ve seen documentation & soldier lists that show ‘Hanna’s’ fought on both sides during the siege of Derry in 1689 & in the Battle of the Boyne in Co Meath in 1690. To me this would indicate that they were well settled before the Williamite Wars to end up on both sides.The family names involved in the plantation of Ulster after 1608 are well documented and there are no Hanna’s listed that I could see…Also, the understanding in our family was always that there were two distinct groupings of Hanna’s in Ulster, one hailing from Co Antrim and the other from Co Down…can anyone shed any light on this strain of thought? This might just be a ‘family thing’ as both my paternal grandparents were called Hanna. My grandmothers family were in Belfast since early 1850’s (that’s as far back as I can find in records) & my grandfathers side seems to be centred in Co Down.I thank you in advance..Adrian Hanna ... See MoreSee Less
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