A Service of Thanksgiving for R W Rainsford Hannay

On Friday 16th January at 12:00 noon 2004, the Thanksgiving Service for Ramsay William Rainsford Hannay took place in the church of Kirkmabreck in the village of Creetown. Ramsay had been cared for in the Nursing Home at Gatehouse of Fleet lately and passed away on Saturday 10th of January 2004. Kirkmabreck is a beautiful little church sitting on the side of the hill behind the village and it was crammed full of people from all over and from various walks of life wishing to pay tribute to a much loved friend.

Ramsay’s coffin was draped with the family tartan and his chief’s bonnet with eagles feathers was placed on top. The service was simple and moving with readings from his daughter, Mrs Jessica Russell and his grandson , Mark Hannay. His son, Professor David Hannay gave the family tribute which was touching, amusing and informative.

After the service a private burial took place in the cemetery behind Kirkdale House while guest were invited to go on to Kirkdale for lunch.

I heard many people that day referring to Ramsay as both a “gentleman” and a “gentle man” and I think there can be no finer tribute to him than that. I feel honoured to have known him.

Report by Janette Hannah

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