Entries by Frank Lawler

Long Before the Hannays

The lands near Kirkdale House, where the lairds of the clan have resided since the 1700s, are home to two ancient stone cairns: Cairnholy I, a chambered cairn dating back to 3000-2000 BC, consisting of several uprights set in a semi-circle. StonePages.com has a great, interactive 360-degree view of it (may require you to install […]

1962 Gathering

Here’s a picture from a 1962 Gathering of the Clan Hanna, held at Castle Lauriston, Edinburgh, on September 8, 1962 (from L – R in small group) – (sitting) Mrs Dorothea Hannah (88L), Mrs Betty Hannah (304L). (standing) Robert Hanna Montgomery (8L Ulster), Robert Hannah (43L Edinburgh), Pat Hanna (1L Australia), John Hannah (47L Hon. […]

Painting of Sir Samuel Hannay, 4th Baronet of Mochrum

The Lane Fine Art Gallery in London listed an oil painting which seems to portray Sir Samuel Hannay in the foreground, along with Kirkdale House in the distance. The description of the work is as follows: Portrait of an officer with his dark bay charger, here identified as Sir Samuel Hannay of the 2nd Life Guards outside […]

Clan Hannay Society Calendar 2018

We produced a calendar for 2017, which was sold this year; at the Clan Gathering, to members visiting Sorbie Tower and via website and e-mail orders.  The proceeds from sales were donated to the Sorbie Tower Restoration Fund. We are intending to produce a calendar for 2018.  The aim is to have these available for […]

On the Trail of Alston Hannay

Alston Hannay was the son of George Hannay (born 1790) and Isabella McConnell (born 1827) of Drumaston (also spelled Drummaston), near Whithorn. According to Stewart Francis, author of The Hannays of Sorbie¸on page 186 of the second (1977) edition. “Alston went to Australia where he married and became a successful business man. He eventually became […]

The Most Reverend Thomas Hannay (1887-1970)

Thomas Hannay was the head of the Episcopal church of Scotland from 1952 to 1962. Born in Liverpool in 1887, he was educated at the University of Liverpool and Queens’ College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge, he developed a strong interest in missionary work in Africa.  After ordination in 1910, he spent time as a curate in […]