Entries by Frank Lawler

Dance: The Hannays Return to Sorbie

Clan member Gerard Hanney sent us the following Scottish Country Dance created by Helen Russell.  It is intended to be performed while accompanied by The Hannays Return to Sorbie. You can listen to the chief playing this tune on the smallpipes here. Gerard adds that Ms. Russell “composed the dance at my request when she […]

Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Robert Hanna

Clan genealogist Keith Hanna recently sent me a link to a most intriguing item which had been up for auction at Christie’s, almost twenty years ago: JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed (“Th:Jefferson”) to General Robert Hanna (1744-1821), Monticello, 16 January 1820. 1 page, 4to, torn and professionally repaired along two folds, but with loss of […]

Hannays in the 14th Century

Excerpted from The Hannays of Sorbie, 4th Edition, available on Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle. All profits from sales go to the Clan Hannay Society. In 1329, when David Bruce succeeded his father Robert to become King David II of Scotland, Edward Balliol, the son of John Baliol, disputed the succession. The dispute went to Edward […]

Rob and Mary Hanna

Rob and Mary Hanna are luminaries of the equestrian world. Rob Hanna was for many years the manager (chef d’équipe) of the Australian national equestrian team. Rob is himself a former competitive rider, but his wife Mary is a world-class athlete. Mary Sutherland Hanna competed in five Olympic Games, most recently in 2016. Born in […]

Bronze Age Settlement?

From the Clan West Archive – Article originally published in the 1990s. This is part of a series of articles that were initially published by the now-inactive Clan Hannay Society West.  Many thanks to Gigi Hanna, Convenor Emerita. Note: Packard Harrington was the Clan Archaeologist in the 1990s and early 2000s. Any hyperlinks and images […]

The Old Place of Sorbie

From the Clan West Archive – Originally published in November of  2011. This is part of a series of articles that were initially published by the now-inactive Clan Hannay Society West.  Many thanks to Gigi Hanna, Convenor Emerita. Note: The core of this article is excerpted from Vol. I of the Studies in Grey Galloway, […]