Analysis of Surname Distribution, Part 7

This report was originally written in 2016 for the Sorbie Tower restoration initiative.


Please see Part 1 for the beginning of this report by Keith Hanna, Clan Genealogist.

Part 7: Hannah surname incidence in the USA

Source: www.forebears.co.uk 2014 Hannah Surname Results by State/County (above 100 people) in the USA.

Appendix 6: Hannah

State

Incidence

Frequency

Rank in State

California

1,858

1: 20,976.00

2,540

Georgia

1,423

1: 7,127.00

1,033

Texas

1,375

1: 19,692.00

2,510

Florida

1,338

1: 14,934.00

1,838

Tennessee

1,312

1: 5,014.00

777

North Carolina

1,146

1: 8,715.00

1,403

Ohio

1,023

1: 11,384.00

1,436

Alabama

1,004

1: 4,851.00

799

Illinois

923

1: 14,017.00

1,653

Michigan

825

1: 12,065.00

1,392

South Carolina

716

1: 6,779.00

1,056

Virginia

688

1: 12,156.00

1,721

Pennsylvania

599

1: 21,442.00

2,844

New York

598

1: 33,166.00

4,094

New Jersey

584

1: 15,373.00

1,787

Mississippi

564

1: 5,332.00

887

Indiana

507

1: 13,069.00

1,861

Missouri

477

1: 12,768.00

1,728

Washington

414

1: 17,132.00

2,172

Arizona

406

1: 16,653.00

2,134

Arkansas

403

1: 7,393.00

1,107

West Virginia

400

1: 4,646.00

825

Kentucky

382

1: 11,605.00

1,823

Oklahoma

324

1: 12,022.00

1,791

Maryland

303

1: 19,811.00

2,532

Colorado

251

1: 21,432.00

2,757

Oregon

251

1: 15,888.00

2,116

Minnesota

242

1: 22,650.00

2,989

Kansas

186

1: 15,682.00

2,357

Nevada

184

1: 15,498.00

1,937

Wisconsin

169

1: 34,219.00

5,025

Massachusetts

149

1: 45,471.00

5,890

Iowa

145

1: 21,523.00

3,414

Idaho

104

1: 15,785.00

2,327

Connecticut

104

1: 34,736.00

4,815

Louisiana

97

1: 48,147.00

5,784

Delaware

84

1: 11,187.00

1,492

New Mexico

79

1: 26,516.00

3,160

Montana

72

1: 14,279.00

2,065

Nebraska

63

1: 29,997.00

5,266

Alaska

61

1: 12,131.00

1,571

Hawaii

60

1: 23,764.00

3,570

Utah

58

1: 50,964.00

6,253

South Dakota

56

1: 15,303.00

2,815

New Hampshire

51

1: 26,131.00

3,668

Vermont

34

1: 18,510.00

2,973

District of Columbia

32

1: 20,681.00

2,585

Maine

32

1: 41,749.00

5,073

Rhode Island

31

1: 34,188.00

5,456

Wyoming

26

1: 22,567.00

3,687

North Dakota

12

1: 61,896.00

10,494

22,225

County

Incidence

Frequency

Rank in County

Cook County

453

1: 11,569.00

1,296

Los Angeles County

387

1: 25,884.00

2,927

Maricopa County

237

1: 16,917.00

2,127

Wayne County

229

1: 7,752.00

902

Shelby County

185

1: 5,078.00

746

San Bernardino County

174

1: 12,002.00

1,468

Philadelphia County

171

1: 9,083.00

1,150

Harris County

170

1: 25,511.00

2,989

Orange County

162

1: 19,224.00

2,298

Tuscaloosa County

156

1: 1,287.00

212

Davidson County

153

1: 4,305.00

634

Jefferson County

152

1: 4,339.00

712

Haywood County

142

0

59

Clark County

140

1: 14,485.00

1,780

Franklin County

136

1: 8,914.00

1,169

Dallas County

133

1: 18,649.00

2,362

Riverside County

128

1: 17,910.00

2,194

Florence County

123

1: 1,125.00

210

Gwinnett County

120

1: 7,161.00

948

Oakland County

118

1: 10,438.00

1,187

Fulton County

117

1: 8,413.00

1,131

Tarrant County

115

1: 16,622.00

2,243

Cumberland County

114

1: 1,380.00

141

Miami-Dade County

105

1: 24,925.00

2,771

Cuyahoga County

104

1: 12,146.00

1,386

Duval County

102

1: 8,685.00

1,155

Analysis of Surname Distribution, Part 6

This report was originally written in 2016 for the Sorbie Tower restoration initiative.


Please see Part 1 for the beginning of this report by Keith Hanna, Clan Genealogist.

Part 6: Hanna surname incidence in the USA

Source: www.forebears.co.uk 2014 Hanna Surname Results by State/County (above 100 people) in the USA.

Appendix 5a: Hanna by USA State

State

Incidence

Frequency

Rank in State

California

5,805

1: 6,714.00

797

Texas

3,749

1: 7,222.00

1,009

Florida

2,969

1: 6,730.00

782

Pennsylvania

2,465

1: 5,210.00

534

New York

2,348

1: 8,447.00

941

Ohio

2,317

1: 5,026.00

566

Michigan

2,201

1: 4,522.00

437

South Carolina

1,824

1: 2,661.00

372

New Jersey

1,443

1: 6,222.00

641

Illinois

1,384

1: 9,348.00

1,043

Arizona

1,136

1: 5,952.00

707

North Carolina

968

1: 10,318.00

1,638

Virginia

919

1: 9,100.00

1,268

Washington

873

1: 8,125.00

968

Massachusetts

863

1: 7,851.00

1,084

Georgia

861

1: 11,779.00

1,679

Indiana

853

1: 7,768.00

1,046

Maryland

774

1: 7,756.00

951

Colorado

760

1: 7,078.00

831

Iowa

735

1: 4,246.00

442

Oregon

716

1: 5,570.00

643

Tennessee

671

1: 9,804.00

1,509

Oklahoma

665

1: 5,857.00

830

Missouri

656

1: 9,284.00

1,222

West Virginia

623

1: 2,983.00

514

Kansas

609

1: 4,790.00

569

Minnesota

525

1: 10,441.00

1,161

Wisconsin

508

1: 11,384.00

1,332

Louisiana

505

1: 9,248.00

1,371

Mississippi

433

1: 6,945.00

1,136

Arkansas

432

1: 6,897.00

1,030

Nevada

387

1: 7,369.00

854

Kentucky

384

1: 11,544.00

1,812

Alabama

382

1: 12,751.00

1,942

Connecticut

375

1: 9,634.00

1,212

Nebraska

352

1: 5,369.00

587

New Mexico

258

1: 8,119.00

1,015

Delaware

223

1: 4,214.00

523

Idaho

213

1: 7,707.00

1,068

Maine

209

1: 6,392.00

1,118

Utah

207

1: 14,280.00

2,238

South Dakota

144

1: 5,951.00

709

New Hampshire

136

1: 9,799.00

1,546

Rhode Island

115

1: 9,216.00

1,501

Montana

112

1: 9,179.00

1,208

Hawaii

101

1: 14,117.00

2,059

North Dakota

95

1: 7,818.00

1,148

Alaska

92

1: 8,043.00

994

District of Columbia

76

1: 8,708.00

1,075

Wyoming

54

1: 10,865.00

1,574

Vermont

49

1: 12,843.00

2,125

45,554

Appendix 5b: Hanna by USA County

County

Incidence

Frequency

Rank in County

Los Angeles County

1,755

1: 5,708.00

687

San Diego County

735

1: 4,369.00

493

Orange County

658

1: 4,733.00

524

Maricopa County

657

1: 6,103.00

713

Oakland County

578

1: 2,131.00

171

Cook County

495

1: 10,587.00

1,184

Harris County

471

1: 9,208.00

1,177

Macomb County

470

1: 1,819.00

91

Florence County

457

0

35

San Bernardino County

413

1: 5,057.00

643

Cuyahoga County

360

1: 3,509.00

341

Miami-Dade County

352

1: 7,435.00

898

Riverside County

334

1: 6,864.00

860

Broward County

332

1: 5,539.00

587

Dallas County

313

1: 7,924.00

1,082

Clark County

309

1: 6,563.00

739

Hudson County

299

1: 2,208.00

208

Palm Beach County

288

1: 4,764.00

466

Allegheny County

276

1: 4,462.00

420

Kings County

266

1: 9,745.00

1,167

Lancaster County

252

1: 2,102.00

254

Middlesex County

235

1: 3,527.00

295

Tarrant County

233

1: 8,204.00

1,126

Pinellas County

216

1: 4,301.00

425

Wayne County

205

1: 8,660.00

1,020

Middlesex County

204

1: 7,612.00

999

King County

204

1: 10,022.00

1,189

Monroe County

199

1: 3,767.00

353

Franklin County

197

1: 6,154.00

781

Bergen County

195

1: 4,745.00

411

Lehigh County

195

1: 1,821.00

137

Santa Clara County

190

1: 9,800.00

1,118

Oklahoma County

190

1: 3,975.00

543

Pima County

189

1: 5,273.00

652

Fairfield County

178

1: 5,280.00

564

Queens County

178

1: 12,900.00

1,455

Nassau County

173

1: 7,816.00

901

Summit County

171

1: 3,169.00

327

Philadelphia County

169

1: 9,190.00

1,162

Worcester County

168

1: 4,816.00

640

Fairfax County

167

1: 6,772.00

768

Orange County

163

1: 7,517.00

904

Bexar County

159

1: 11,432.00

1,348

Lake County

158

1: 4,449.00

460

Travis County

158

1: 7,095.00

953

Davidson County

157

1: 4,195.00

613

Multnomah County

152

1: 5,040.00

565

New Castle County

147

1: 3,739.00

430

Chester County

145

1: 3,514.00

365

Mecklenburg County

144

1: 6,882.00

1,015

Suffolk County

141

1: 10,636.00

1,309

Ventura County

140

1: 5,997.00

745

Hillsborough County

139

1: 9,292.00

1,162

Fulton County

139

1: 7,081.00

946

Collin County

139

1: 6,149.00

793

Johnson County

138

1: 4,108.00

452

Montgomery County

136

1: 5,973.00

729

Hennepin County

135

1: 8,880.00

927

Alameda County

134

1: 11,783.00

1,442

Denton County

133

1: 5,480.00

712

Greenbrier County

133

0

23

Richmond County

131

1: 3,608.00

331

Duval County

129

1: 6,867.00

891

Sacramento County

125

1: 11,697.00

1,466

New York County

124

1: 13,114.00

1,570

Richland County

124

1: 3,220.00

494

Douglas County

123

1: 4,368.00

487

Contra Costa County

122

1: 8,969.00

1,094

Marion County

121

1: 7,672.00

1,065

Sedgwick County

118

1: 4,283.00

579

Williamsburg County

117

0

50

Norfolk County

116

1: 5,929.00

786

Delaware County

116

1: 4,845.00

560

Baltimore County

115

1: 7,157.00

879

Camden County

110

1: 4,662.00

528

Bernalillo County

109

1: 6,186.00

733

San Mateo County

106

1: 7,051.00

853

Arapahoe County

103

1: 5,894.00

687

Erie County

103

1: 8,931.00

1,146

Snohomish County

101

1: 7,385.00

875

Continued in Part 7: Incidence of Hannah surname in USA by state and county (to be published on 27 October, 2020).

Analysis of Surname Distribution, Part 5

This report was originally written in 2016 for the Sorbie Tower restoration initiative.


Please see Part 1 for the beginning of this report by Keith Hanna, Clan Genealogist.

Part 5: Hannay and Hanney surname incidence

Source: www.forebears.co.uk 2014 Hannay and Hanney Surname Results by Country

Appendix 3: Hannay

Country

Incidence

Frequency

Rank in Nation

England

629

1: 85,851

10,166

United States

628

1: 509,984

43,653

South Africa

438

1: 123,292

14,184

Australia

305

1: 77,266

9,229

Canada

286

1: 123,872

13,278

Scotland

276

1: 19,203

2,488

New Zealand

128

1: 35,521

5,908

Uruguay

110

1: 29,876

4,506

Belgium

74

1: 151,379

22,440

Wales

45

1: 68,889

7,279

Isle of Man

27

1: 3,185

514

Netherlands

22

1: 766,536

62,494

Ireland

22

1: 208,777

11,387

Spain

14

1: 3,321,986

86,938

Zimbabwe

8

1: 1,632,655

82,942

India

5

1: 249,604,000

918,840

Zambia

2

1: 7,511,658

5,217

Czech Republic

2

1: 5,258,700

147,165

Saudi Arabia

2

1: 14,997,136

33,202

Northern Ireland

2

1: 900,000

5,630

Thailand

1

1: 64,456,700

30,360

Brazil

1

1: 203,006,000

169,904

Iraq

1

1: 36,004,552

8,859

Germany

1

1: 80,716,000

172,258

Hong Kong

1

1: 7,219,700

16,640

Norway

1

1: 5,124,383

47,891

Kuwait

1

1: 3,065,850

17,575

Jersey

1

1: 99,000

3,071

Pakistan

1

1: 188,020,000

17,768

3,034


Appendix 4: Hanney

Country

Incidence

Frequency

Rank in Nation

United States

1,017

1: 314,917

29,346

England

823

1: 65,614

8,147

Australia

277

1: 85,077

10,086

Ireland

197

1: 23,315

2,304

Wales

181

1: 17,127

2,197

Canada

85

1: 416,794

37,909

Scotland

79

1: 67,089

6,532

New Zealand

19

1: 239,303

22,809

Grenada

9

1: 11,481

874

Brazil

2

1: 101,503,000

139,444

Malaysia

2

1: 15,116,500

26,123

Spain

2

1: 23,253,900

131,225

Trinidad and Tobago

2

1: 664,010

17,037

France

2

1: 32,979,500

219,873

Italy

2

1: 30,381,160

124,220

South Africa

1

1: 54,002,000

107,212

India

1

1: 1,248,020,000

1,704,541

Ukraine

1

1: 42,825,883

492,292

Belgium

1

1: 11,202,066

91,024

Egypt

1

1: 86,983,800

25,721

Germany

1

1: 80,716,000

172,258

Guernsey

1

1: 63,085

1,818

Kenya

1

1: 45,546,000

28,365

Luxembourg

1

1: 549,700

12,745

Philippines

1

1: 100,098,600

66,560

Turkey

1

1: 76,667,864

53,505

Macedonia

1

1: 2,062,294

6,967

2,711

Continued in Part 6: Incidence of Hanna surname in USA by state and county (to be published on 20 October, 2020).

Analysis of Surname Distribution, Part 4

This report was originally written in 2016 for the Sorbie Tower restoration initiative.


Please see Part 1 for the beginning of this report by Keith Hanna, Clan Genealogist.

Part 4: Hannah surname incidence worldwide

Source: www.forebears.co.uk 2014 Hannah Surname Results by Country

Appendix 2: Hannah

Country

Incidence

Frequency

Rank in Nation

United States

21,930

1: 14,604

1,810

England

4,673

1: 11,556

1,700

Canada

3,627

1: 9,768

1,428

Nigeria

3,515

1: 50,787

6,623

Australia

2,267

1: 10,395

1,405

Scotland

2,074

1: 2,555

419

Germany

1,076

1: 75,015

9,081

New Zealand

1,041

1: 4,368

643

Philippines

967

1: 103,515

15,208

South Africa

913

1: 59,148

7,105

Cameroon

892

1: 22,855

3,900

Indonesia

761

1: 331,360

15,653

Malaysia

607

1: 49,807

3,857

Brazil

477

1: 425,589

25,757

Kenya

471

1: 96,701

10,157

Ghana

399

1: 67,777

6,557

France

269

1: 245,201

37,175

Wales

260

1: 11,923

1,521

Poland

239

1: 161,071

24,102

India

204

1: 6,117,745

103,553

Mexico

157

1: 762,504

21,011

Hong Kong

130

1: 55,536

1,845

United Arab Emirates

107

1: 88,280

9,004

Singapore

101

1: 53,457

3,353

Italy

90

1: 675,137

67,110

Kuwait

87

1: 35,240

4,262

Sweden

80

1: 121,177

11,524

Northern Ireland

60

1: 30,000

3,129

Spain

56

1: 830,496

38,900

Ireland

55

1: 83,511

5,846

Switzerland

36

1: 226,692

28,564

Netherlands

35

1: 481,823

49,393

Russia

35

1: 4,173,383

236,996

China

25

1: 54,647,600

1,808

Thailand

21

1: 3,069,367

4,647

Ukraine

12

1: 3,568,824

220,909

Japan

9

1: 14,122,222

6,367

Belarus

9

1: 1,052,133

83,734

Turks and Caicos Islands

6

1: 5,243

475

Guyana

6

1: 130,816

8,040

Vietnam

5

1: 17,941,780

2,028

Pakistan

4

1: 47,005,000

8,689

Egypt

4

1: 21,745,950

11,802

Syria

3

1: 7,329,000

3,861

Uganda

3

1: 11,785,667

6,989

Taiwan

3

1: 7,799,421

2,113

Jamaica

3

1: 905,997

3,340

Austria

3

1: 2,842,410

16,605

Latvia

3

1: 665,500

7,683

Israel

3

1: 2,735,467

26,321

South Korea

2

1: 25,211,978

4,104

The Bahamas

2

1: 175,730

1,472

Isle of Man

2

1: 43,000

1,118

Turkey

2

1: 38,333,932

41,879

Qatar

2

1: 1,087,018

13,552

Norway

2

1: 2,562,192

34,681

Colombia

2

1: 23,863,000

17,547

United States Virgin Islands

2

1: 53,202

1,313

Czech Republic

2

1: 5,258,700

147,165

Guernsey

2

1: 31,542

993

Bangladesh

2

1: 78,402,500

7,574

Argentina

2

1: 21,334,750

95,312

Belgium

2

1: 5,601,033

65,594

Georgia

1

1: 4,490,500

50,549

Belize

1

1: 349,728

1,879

Finland

1

1: 5,460,459

25,746

Maldives

1

1: 317,280

7,198

Brunei

1

1: 393,162

2,211

Cambodia

1

1: 15,184,116

4,249

Dominica

1

1: 71,293

746

Trinidad and Tobago

1

1: 1,328,019

26,040

Croatia

1

1: 4,290,612

19,810

Serbia

1

1: 7,146,759

37,779

Denmark

1

1: 5,639,719

49,101

Peru

1

1: 30,814,175

31,584

Ecuador

1

1: 15,804,800

12,741

Azerbaijan

1

1: 9,477,100

48,575

Greece

1

1: 11,123,034

42,479

Portugal

1

1: 10,477,800

21,562

Lithuania

1

1: 2,939,431

16,283

Paraguay

1

1: 6,783,374

5,924

Luxembourg

1

1: 549,700

12,745

Oman

1

1: 3,988,298

11,510

Macedonia

1

1: 2,062,294

6,967

Mauritius

1

1: 1,259,838

8,268

Namibia

1

1: 2,113,077

5,872

Romania

1

1: 19,942,642

36,814

Saudi Arabia

1

1: 29,994,272

50,307

Djibouti

1

1: 886,000

880

Iceland

1

1: 327,050

9,498

Iraq

1

1: 36,004,552

8,859

Afghanistan

1

1: 26,023,100

7,191

Jersey

1

1: 99,000

3,071

Sri Lanka

1

1: 20,277,597

13,972

Liberia

1

1: 4,397,000

2,196

Algeria

1

1: 38,700,000

28,746

Morocco

1

1: 33,350,300

38,830

47,873


Continued in Part 5: Incidence of HANNAY and HANNEY surnames by country (to be published on 13 October, 2020).

Analysis of Surname Distribution, Part 3

This report was originally written in 2016 for the Sorbie Tower restoration initiative.


Please see Part 1 for the beginning of this report by Keith Hanna, Clan Genealogist.

Part 3: Hanna Surname incidence

Source: www.forebears.co.uk 2014 Hanna Surname Results by Country

NB. data panes in light orange have been separated as likely non-Scottish Hannas.

Appendix 1: Hanna

Country

Incidence

(likely of Scottish origin)

Incidence

(likely not of Scottish origin)

Frequency

Rank in Nation

Egypt

 

115,322

0.565277778

125

United States

45,249

 

1: 7,078

823

Syria

 

25,867

0.631944444

64

Iraq

 

22,788

1: 1,580

177

Lebanon

 

14,116

0.286111111

28

Canada

7,127

 

1: 4,971

671

Australia

5,104

 

1: 4,617

592

England

4,506

 

1: 11,984

1,761

Northern Ireland

4,030

 

0.352083333

43

Brazil

3,911

 

1: 51,906

3,657

Germany

2,791

 

1: 28,920

3,120

Saudi Arabia

 

2,309

1: 12,990

1,539

United Arab Emirates

 

2,163

1: 4,367

428

The Bahamas

2,148

 

0.155555556

27

Poland

2,005

 

1: 19,200

2,872

Jordan

 

1,541

1: 4,295

667

France

1,531

 

1: 43,082

5,544

Sweden

1,030

 

1: 9,412

984

Argentina

1,015

 

1: 42,039

5,133

Kuwait

 

1,010

1: 3,035

306

South Africa

986

 

1: 54,769

6,580

Algeria

 

982

1: 39,409

6,932

Indonesia

 

979

1: 257,574

12,565

Venezuela

903

 

1: 33,451

2,438

Malaysia

 

885

1: 34,162

2,882

New Zealand

866

 

1: 5,250

796

Mexico

811

 

1: 147,612

6,717

Israel

 

730

1: 11,242

1,539

Morocco

 

671

1: 49,702

7,716

Ireland

661

 

1: 6,949

958

Qatar

 

545

1: 3,989

365

Italy

537

 

1: 113,151

19,176

Scotland

518

 

1: 10,232

1,455

Ghana

479

 

1: 56,457

5,685

Ecuador

414

 

1: 38,176

2,941

Philippines

387

 

1: 258,653

30,822

Jamaica

357

 

1: 7,613

906

Greece

344

 

1: 32,334

5,271

Netherlands

341

 

1: 49,454

8,235

Austria

341

 

1: 25,007

3,340

India

287

 

1: 4,348,502

83,039

Hungary

262

 

1: 37,706

4,721

Oman

 

248

1: 16,082

2,051

Turkey

 

245

1: 312,930

22,396

Switzerland

234

 

1: 34,876

5,084

Romania

230

 

1: 86,707

9,402

Spain

220

 

1: 211,399

15,115

Finland

205

 

1: 26,636

3,853

Wales

203

 

1: 15,271

1,965

Chile

189

 

1: 94,037

5,328

Botswana

125

 

1: 16,199

3,083

Bahrain

 

122

1: 10,119

1,279

Russia

120

 

1: 1,217,237

97,847

Belgium

119

 

1: 94,135

15,081

Hong Kong

107

 

1: 67,474

2,219

Panama

98

 

1: 34,753

3,075

Cyprus

94

 

1: 9,211

924

Singapore

89

 

1: 60,665

3,743

Denmark

74

 

1: 76,212

8,034

Ukraine

72

 

1: 594,804

65,656

Norway

59

 

1: 86,854

12,538

Mauritania

 

55

1: 62,928

5,015

Belarus

36

 

1: 263,033

32,867

Senegal

 

36

1: 357,600

2,449

Portugal

28

 

1: 374,207

11,444

Thailand

27

 

1: 2,387,285

3,338

Czech Republic

24

 

1: 438,225

46,280

Serbia

23

 

1: 310,729

16,867

Iceland

22

 

1: 14,866

1,737

Turks and Caicos Islands

15

 

1: 2,097

228

China

13

 

1: 105,091,538

3,343

Nigeria

9

 

1: 19,835,222

15,185

Costa Rica

8

 

1: 583,387

5,565

South Korea

8

 

1: 6,302,994

1,031

Japan

5

 

1: 25,420,000

9,759

Bangladesh

 

5

1: 31,361,000

4,343

Ethiopia

5

 

1: 17,590,598

2,109

Maldives

 

5

1: 63,456

2,987

Pakistan

 

4

1: 47,005,000

8,689

Cambodia

4

 

1: 3,796,029

1,667

Sudan

 

4

1: 9,322,352

1,941

Moldova

4

 

1: 889,400

59,967

Trinidad and Tobago

4

 

1: 332,005

12,103

Guatemala

3

 

1: 5,268,892

4,554

Uzbekistan

 

3

1: 10,164,267

14,400

Georgia

3

 

1: 1,496,833

30,723

Bolivia

3

 

1: 3,342,418

4,085

Uruguay

3

 

1: 1,095,438

11,342

Kenya

3

 

1: 15,182,000

16,136

Zambia

3

 

1: 5,007,772

3,818

Democratic Republic of The Congo

3

 

1: 23,120,000

3,041

Lithuania

3

 

1: 979,810

9,077

Niger

3

 

1: 5,712,902

1,650

Dominican Republic

3

 

1: 3,459,422

4,096

Paraguay

2

 

1: 3,391,687

3,871

Vietnam

2

 

1: 44,854,450

4,164

Antigua and Barbuda

2

 

1: 43,148

698

Taiwan

2

 

1: 11,699,132

3,014

Benin

 

2

1: 4,994,034

4,302

Equatorial Guinea

 

2

1: 811,000

292

Isle of Man

2

 

1: 43,000

1,118

Burkina Faso

 

2

1: 8,661,398

15,591

Bulgaria

2

 

1: 3,622,838

10,211

Libya

 

2

1: 3,126,500

2,835

Kazakhstan

 

2

1: 8,642,500

144,523

Luxembourg

2

 

1: 274,850

6,266

Afghanistan

 

2

1: 13,011,550

4,367

Guernsey

1

 

1: 63,085

1,818

Gibraltar

1

 

1: 30,001

1,254

Tanzania

1

 

1: 44,928,923

123,175

Croatia

1

 

1: 4,290,612

19,810

El Salvador

1

 

1: 6,401,240

3,993

Malta

1

 

1: 416,055

3,307

Fiji

1

 

1: 858,038

3,350

Bhutan

1

 

1: 750,670

717

Falkland Islands

1

 

1: 3,000

113

Estonia

1

 

1: 1,315,819

11,486

Colombia

1

 

1: 47,726,000

24,771

Guyana

1

 

1: 784,894

14,618

Armenia

1

 

1: 3,009,800

24,460

Slovenia

1

 

1: 2,063,635

11,923

Saint Lucia

1

 

1: 180,000

1,421

British Virgin Islands

1

 

1: 29,537

799

Liberia

1

 

1: 4,397,000

2,196

Madagascar

1

 

1: 21,263,403

2,935

Macau

1

 

1: 614,500

1,572

Bermuda

1

 

1: 64,237

2,374

Mauritius

1

 

1: 1,259,838

8,268

Myanmar

1

 

1: 60,380,000

2,057

Montenegro

1

 

1: 620,029

2,333

Jersey

1

 

1: 99,000

3,071

Sri Lanka

1

 

1: 20,277,597

13,972

Cayman Islands

1

 

1: 55,456

2,037

Cape Verde

1

 

1: 491,875

801

United States Virgin Islands

1

 

1: 106,405

2,361

Uganda

1

 

1: 35,357,000

13,447

Cameroon

1

 

1: 20,386,799

15,705

Tunisia

1

 

1: 10,886,500

14,644

Togo

1

 

1: 6,993,000

4,435

Ivory Coast

1

 

1: 23,202,000

9,926

Barbados

1

 

1: 285,000

2,190

Suriname

1

 

1: 534,189

3,243

Mongolia

1

 

1: 2,931,300

2,024

91,494

190,647

 

Continued in Part 4: Incidence of HANNAH surname by country(to be published on 6 October, 2020).

Analysis of Surname Distribution, Part 2

This report was originally written in 2016 for the Sorbie Tower restoration initiative.


Please see Part 1 for the beginning of this report by Keith Hanna, Clan Genealogist.

Part 2: Analysis of Hanna/Hannah/Hannay/Hanney Surname Distribution Worldwide of Clan Hannay Society Members as of early February 2016

In February 2016 I asked [Membership Secretary] Jacquie if she could share with me the Clan Membership data so we could plot the information by geography, by surname and by region in North America. The graphs below summarise our findings. This table below shows that of the 573 Clan Members in early February 2016, almost 45% came from the USA and 36% from the UK and Ireland (when constituent countries are aggregated together). Figure 7 illustrates the same data by pie chart.

Surprisingly, the Clan has many more members in Scotland and England than in Ireland where there is statistically a bigger opportunity to expand membership. There are likely historical and geographical reasons for this over the last 50 years. I was also amused to see we have more members in Norway than in Wales! What was also quite surprising to me is that we have almost as many members with non-clan surnames than those who have the four surnames.

Figure 7: Clan Hannay Membership by Location WW, Feb 2016

When I roughly split US members by region: East (Eastern Timezone), Central (Central and Mountain Timezones) and West (Western Timezone) designations for both USA and Canadian Members yielded these graphs and tables in Figures 9 and 10:

Figure 8: Clan Hannay Membership by Surname, Feb 2016

When I roughly split US members by region: East (Eastern Timezone), Central (Central and Mountain Timezones) and West (Western Timezone) designations for both USA and Canadian Members yielded these graphs and tables in Figures 9 and 10:

Figure 9: Clan Hannay Membership in the US by region, Feb 2016

Figure 10: Clan Hannay Membership in Canada by region, Feb 2016

One conclusion from this study therefore is that our US Membership is congregated on the East Coast yet most Clan Surname holders are located on the West Coast (according to www.forebears.co.uk). For Canada, the reverse seems to be the case.

Finally, I was interested in when our 573 members joined the Clan and correlated the data to produce the following list of active members by joining date to the clan:

(click image to enlarge)

The data can also plotted as a graph (Figure 11) to view it visually:

Figure 11: Clan Hannay Membership by year of joining, Feb 2016

The Membership joining data suggests that apart from our ongoing new membership efforts the advent of the Internet in the early 1990s and Social Media in the mid 2000s has driven up Membership the most dramatically. Having a 50th Anniversary every year would be good too it seems if it could be possible!

Continued in Part 3: Incidence of HANNA surname by country (to be published on 29 Sept, 2020).

 

Analysis of Surname Distribution, Part 1

This report was originally written in 2016 for the Sorbie Tower restoration initiative.


ANALYSIS OF HANNA/H/Y/EY SURNAME DISTRIBUTION WORLDWIDE

As part of the Marketing Plan for the Restoration of Sorbie Tower I wanted to get an understanding of absolute numbers of Hannas/Hannahs/Hannays/Hanneys worldwide from various sources to try to draw conclusions as to where the best “opportunities” geographically are for securing donations [to the Sorbie Tower Charity]. I also asked [Membership Secretary] Jacquie to do an analysis of where our current Clan Membership is geographically located across the world by surname; and then try to compare the two. This report details my findings.

Part 1: Analysis of Hanna/Hannah/Hannay/Hanney Surname Distribution Worldwide

I had an old data point. For my “Hanna of the Close” family history book in 2008 I had access to a 1990 genealogical book of telephone directories from around the (western) World called “World Book of Hannas 1990”. Clearly, it was imperfect and there’s no way of cross checking with actual phonebooks of the time, but it’s the best starting point I have. Crucially, it was at a time before mobile phones and the internet when a home telephone was the main source of telecommunication around the world. As such, it is a reasonably good indicator of numbers of Hannas worldwide at the time (when the number of names in the directories could be multiplied by the then average family size). Hence, in 1990 I estimated that there were the following by country worldwide:

  • ~57,000 Hannas in the World
  • Hanna Surname Distribution in 1990:
    • USA 64%
    • Ireland 11%
    • Canada 11%
    • Australia 6%
    • GB 5%
    • NZ 2%

The world population in 1990 was about 5.3 billion people; in 2010 the world population was about 6.9 billion people (a factor of x 1.3). An extrapolation to the end of 2014 yields a number of about 7.2 billion people in the world (a factor of x 1.35). Hence, a first order approximation of the number of people with the Hanna surname in the world at the end of 2014 would yield a number of ~80,000.

A very interesting website has appeared recently on the WWWeb recently called www.forebears.co.uk which purports to have sourced 1.6 billion surnames across the world. There is no way of verifying this claim but it’s the best source available as far as I can find. However, if one searches the Hanna surname, one discovers that the website claims it is the 1,945th most common surname in the world. Approximately 282,141 people bear this surname. It is most prevalent in Egypt! The highest surname density can be found in the Bahamas. There is clearly a discrepancy.

The map below (Figure 1) shows a forebears.co.uk Hanna surname distribution “incidence” plot. The raw data it is derived from is at the end of this report as Appendix 1. What is clear is that (as we know) there is a Middle Eastern Hanna surname unconnected to the Scottish Clan Hannays that is the most prevalent numerically in the world. When I removed all the countries from the surname count that I would not expect to have many Scottish Hanna surnames (eg Arab countries) then the ~282,00 comes down to a more reasonable ~92,000 “Scottish” Hannas in the world in 2014. This is in the same ball park as my 1990 Book of Hanna surname number above when extrapolated to today. Note that I would guess that in the US and Canada we would probably have to allow for under 5% of Hannas being of Arab descent too (which would bring this number down further – but I didn’t account for that in this analysis). Poland and Germany also have a suspiciously high number of Hannas:

Figure 1: Hanna Surname Distribution 2014 (see Appendix 1)

If we also now look at Hannah, Hannay and Hanney Surname distributions we find no Arab surname distortions of the names and the following Figures 2-4 illustrate their global geographic distributions:

Figure 2: Hannah Surname Distribution 2014 (see Appendix 2)

Figure 3: Hannay Surname Distribution 2014 (see Appendix 3)

Figure 4: Hanney Surname Distribution 2014 (see Appendix 4)

One thing I was also interested in for our Restoration Fund efforts was the distribution of some of these surnames in key countries (eg USA, Canada). Figures 5 and 6 show the Hanna Surname distribution by State in the USA and by County. Clearly California and Texas have the highest concentrations:

Figure 5: Hanna Surname Distribution USA by State 2014 (see Appendix 5)

Figure 6: Hanna Surname Distribution USA by County 2014 (see Appendix 5)

Interestingly, the most Hanna Surnames by county in the United States was around Los Angeles and San Diego much to my surprise. The most Hannahs by comparison were based around Chicago (Appendix 6).

In summary, using the www.forebears.co.uk 2014 data we can estimate the number of individuals globally (of Scottish descent) holding the four main Clan Surnames as:

  • Hanna Surname has ~92,000 people worldwide
  • Hannay Surname has ~3,000 people worldwide
  • Hannah Surname has ~48,000 people worldwide
  • Hanney Surname has ~3,000 people worldwide

Hence, total potential Clan Membership is ~146,000 WW

What surprised me – apart from the Arab influence on the Hanna surname – was the large number of Hannah surname adherents in the world, especially in North America. But at least now we know how big our target audience is in terms of actual total potential clan members (by clan surname). This number probably needs to be multiplied by a factor of two to take account of people interested in the clan from their maternal family lines (see Membership evidence in Part 2).

Continued in Part 2 (to be published on clanhannay.org on 22 Sept, 2020).

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 that may have been in the Clan West website version are now lost. Hyperlinks below were added (and references to lost images removed or substituted) when the archived version was reviewed and revised in August, 2020. 


The archeologist who helped the Clan Hannay Society secure several thousand pounds to help conserve Sorbie Tower said he believes the site could date much further back than previously thought.

Packard Harrington, who has worked on ecclesiastic digs less than 10 miles away from Sorbie, said he thinks Sorbie could have been the site of a Bronze Age settlement.  The Bronze Age stretched from 2000 to 1000 B.C.

He’s spent 12 years in Whithorn, Scotland’s earliest Christian site, where he found evidence amongst ruins dating to around 900 A.D. or earlier of Viking buildings.

“We haven’t found the evidence, but that continuum is not going to be inconsistent with what happened at Sorbie”, he said.  “If there happened to be a Viking occupation there it wouldn’t surprise me”.

Harrington said a diary of a relative of the tower’s last occupant, Brigadier General John Stewart, mentions visiting Sorbie and unearthing cremation urns.  The writer speculated that the urns could be third-century Roman, but Harrington is skeptical about the likelihood of a Roman cremation site outside the immediate frontier, at that time.

“It could be that those urns were not Roman at all, but Bronze Age”, he said.  “Perhaps Sorbie was a Bronze Age cemetery”.

Good introductions to Dark Age Britain can be found in:

Arthur’s Britain, by Leslie Alcock

Celtic Britain, by Charles Thomas

Picts, Gaels and Scots“, by Sally Foster

More detailed information on Dark Age Dumfries and Galloway are:

Wild Men and Holy Places, by Daphne Brooke

Whithorn and Saint Ninian, Peter Hill

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, a series published by the Galloway Gazette in 1969-1970. Any hyperlinks and images that may have been in the Clan West website version are now lost. Hyperlinks below were added (and references to lost images removed or substituted) when the archived version was reviewed and revised in August, 2020. 


GALLOWAY CASTLES AND TOWER HOUSES: THE OLD PLACE OF SORBIE

by I. F. MACLEOD, M.A., F.S.A. Scot.

Resident Tutor in Galloway, Department of Extra-Mural Education, University of Glasgow

Newton Stewart 1969

The tower house in Scotland conforms to a standard type from the middle of the fourteenth century to the end of the sixteenth century, compact, but adaptable to changing requirements. In the earliest towers, the walls were up to 8′ thick, with defense conducted mainly from the wall walk and from projecting timber hoardings; by the sixteenth century defense is mainly from the ground level by hand guns and small arms, and the top level of the tower lends itself to decorative turrets and detail.

The earliest examples are square or oblong, three or four storys high, with access by ladder or an external wooden stairway to the first floor, and a turnpike stair in the wall thickness at one corner to the upper floors. The “L” plan provides additional accommodation in a wing of five to six storys, and perhaps takes the stairway. The walls are a maze of passages and chambers.

The outer defenses are a ditch and stone barmkin or courtyard was, mainly for protecting stock and goods. The tower is not usually free standing, as within the courtyard will be barns and stables and various other buildings.

In most later towers the entrance is on the ground floor, in the re-entrant angle between the projecting wing and the main block where appropriate.

Elaborate Z plan tower houses and the rich north-cast group of castles by the Bell family of master mansions (Crathes, Craigievar, Midmar, Castle Fraser) have no real parallel in Galloway, but otherwise this province has a very comprehensive range of examples of Scottish tower building. The following list of Galloway examples would form an exhaustive list of castles to visit (numbers 1,3,4,6,9,11, and 12 are Ancient Monuments open to the public).

1 Threave Castle, west of Castle-Douglas, on an island in the R. Dee (NX 739623).

2 Corsewall Castle, north-west of Stranraer (NW 992715).

3 Cardoness Castle, west of Gatehouse-of-Fleet (NX 591553).

4 Orchardton Tower, south-east of Castle-Douglas (NX 817551).

5 Garlies Castle, north-east of Newton Stewart (NX 423692).

6 Carsluith Castle, between Creetown and Gatehouse-of-Fleet (NX 495542).

7 Barholm Castle, between Creetown and Gatehouse-of-Fleet (NX 521530).

8 Rusko Castle, north of Gatehouse-of-Fleet (NX 584604).

9 Drumcoltran Tower, north-ease of Dalbeattie (NX 869683).

10 Craigcaffie Tower, north of Stranraer (NX 088642).

11 Castle of Park, west of Glenluce (NX 189571).

12 Maclellan’s Castle, in Kirkcudbight (NX 683551).

13 Isle of Whithorn Castle, in Isle of Whithorn (NX 475366).

14 Castle of St. John, in Stranraer (NX 061608)

_________

The Old Place of Sorbie or Sorbie Tower was built towards the end of the sixteenth century to replace a wooden building on the motte or alternatively another structure within the immediate area. The style of the tower suggests a date in the 1580’s or 1590’s, but a slightly earlier date is certainly possible.

The design of the tower and its construction would be the work of some local family of master masons, perhaps based on the burgh of Wigtown, but unfortunately nothing further is known about this.

The tower, though still a very substantial building, is in poor state of repair, particularly the east wing of the main block, and part of the vault over the kitchen has collapsed. Unlike many Galloway tower houses there is no record of recent occupation, e.g. as accommodation for farm laborers, and the Old Place of Sorbie seems to have stood empty since the middle of the eighteenth century.

The site of the tower, with protection from swamp and water about it, was in itself perhaps an adequate defense against surprise attack. That such security was necessary even a very later date in Galloway is clearly illustrated by the history of the Hannays of Sorbie in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Patrick Hannay of Sorbie was slain in 1543 by Patrick Maclellan; John Hannay was killed in a quarrel in 1640; a Hannay of Sorbie was involved with other Galloway gentlemen including Fergus McDowall of Freugh, Alexander McDowall of Garthland, and McKie of Mertoune, in an affray in the street of Edingurgh in 1526 in which a prominent Dutchman and several others were killed, and which had a sequel in which Thomas Maclellan of Bombie was killed in a clash with the Gordons; and, lastly, the ruinous series of feuds with their neighbours, the Murrays of Broughtons, in a succession of quarrels involving the Stewarts of Garlies, the Dunbars, and the Kennedys, in the 1590’s and 1600’s, including incidents of fired barns, stolen crops, etc., indeed all the ingredients of a ‘Western” film melodrama.

The tower probably had the additional protection of a water filled ditch, of which perhaps sections can still be traced to the east of the tower and elsewhere, and of a barmkin or enclosing wall round a courtyard, and no doubt relied on defense if necessary with small firearms and handguns from the tower itself.

Nothing remains of buildings and structures associated with the tower, such as barns, stables, additional retainers’ quarters, etc., but the wooded area beyond the fenced section has a number of features, not however necessarily associated with the tower, deserving future examination. In particular, there is a stone lined well south-east of the tower, there are some small stony mounds to the east of the tower, and there is a long narrow mound to the north of the tower which does not seem entirely natural.

The Old Place was an obviously carefully planned L plan tower house, with stone vaulted basement, first floor hall, second and third storys and attic with timber flooring, designed for its period on a spacious scale – basically domestic rather than military architecture. It clearly belongs with, for example, the Castle of Park, and Maclellan’s Castle in Kirkcudbright, and Dunskey Castle at Portpatrick, in the class of castellated buildings where, at least as far as the main building itself is concerned, defensive considerations are no longer predominant. The rubble stonework and present ragged appearance gives no real indication of how colorful and pleasing the original would have looked in the sixteenth century, covered with ‘harl’ or roughcast, and with other associated buildings, and perhaps gardens and a dovecot, nearby.

The entrance is on the ground floor in the re-entrant angle in the east wing of the L plan, and opens on to the bottom of the staircase on the left leading up to the left, right and right again to the first floor hall. The staircase is of generous proportions for a tower house, wide and not steep. Access to the second and third floors and the attic was by the turret stair which was corbelled out over the re-entrant angle, with the corbel termination ending in a grotesque human head.

Above the doorway to the left was a square recess in which the arms of the Hannays would have been displayed, and above the door itself very probably the family motto with the name or initials of the Hannay who built the tower and his wife. A small window to the right of the door, lighting the passageway to the kitchen, would also have provided coverage to the area in front of the door with a hand gun.

The main block is 40′ 3″ by 24′ externally, i.e. outside the walls. The wing projects 25′ 9″ from the main block and is 20′ wide.

The ground floor consists of three cellars and a kitchen. The vaulted passage runs from the south end of the main block by the entrance area to the kitchen at the north end. The vaulted kitchen measures 17′ by 13′ 6″. It has a fine fireplace, 17′ by 5′, in the north gable wall, with a window, possibly for draught for the fire, in the west wall, and a recess for storage in the east wall.

Off this passage are two vaulted cellars, one with one narrow window in the west wall, and the second with windows in the west and south walls. The third cellar is under the main staircase in the east wing, and has a window in the south wall.

The great hall occupies all of the first floor of the main block, and is 27′ by 16′ 6″. The east wing is occupied by the main staircase and the turret stair. The hall would have been a grand and comfortable room, with wooden roof, tapestries on the walls, iron grated windows with glass and wooden shutters, perhaps portraits of members of the Hannay family, collections of books, seats in the in-goes of the windows, and fine tables and chairs. There was a good-sized fireplace in the east wall, and additional heating would have come up from the kitchen fireplace underneath and its chimney in the north gable. The hall was well lighted, with two windows in the west wall, one in the south wall, and one in the east wall. There were three simple rectangular cupboard recesses in the west and south walls, and two mural chambers in the north gable, each with a small window.

It is no longer possible to go beyond the first floor as the stairway in the turret has virtually disappeared. The second and third floors would have provided rooms and sleeping accommodations for the Hannay and their guest, with the attic utilized as room for staff or simply as a dormitory.

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The Hannays of Sorbie may have originated in the Anglo-Norman or Flemish settlers in Galloway in the twelfth century, or could possibly represent an earlier Norse element in the area. The existence of West Hanney in Berkshire, Haningtons in Hampshire and Northamptonshire, and Hanwell in Oxfordshire, should be noted, but generally speculation on the matter is not really a profitable exercise. There is no direct evidence to show that the Hannays held the lands of Sorbie until the middle of the fifteenth century, but clearly there was a family with that name in the area long before that time.

It is not possible to conclude that Gilbert de Hannethe and Gilbert de Annethe, listed in the “Ragman’s Roll” of 1296, actually held Sorbie, but they were certainly magnates of importance in Galloway. It is possible that the name actually represent the same person listed twice by a clerical error, and referred to in a 1296 inquest as Gilbert de Hannith. Other members of the family active in Galloway in the fourteenth century were Fynlaus a’hanna (canon of Whithorn in 1390) and Findlay Ahanna (resigned the living at Kirkmaiden. Rhins. In 1393).

The free spelling of Hannay as A’Hannay, A’hanna, Hanna, Ahannay, etc., using the Welsh prefix A or Ap, and the mediaeval version de Hannethe, de Annethe, etc., is a source of confusion, but there is no reason to suppose that these represented different family groups.

The earliest known Hannay at Sorbie seems to have been Ethe Hannay of Sorbie, pre 1460-1485, who was succeeded by Robert Hannay, who acted for his brother-in-law, Quentin Agnew, as sheriff of Wigtownshire in 1498/99, and was certainly a person of considerable importance.

The family was at the height of its power and influence about the middle of the sixteenth century , with wealth accumulated partly from the post-Reformation acquisition of church lands, but perhaps more significantly from territorial aggrandizement in the Machars area, partly through marriage, and perhaps most important of all from active participation in trade and mercantile endeavor in Wigtown and area. Various members of the Hannay family were burgesses and provosts of Wigtown in the sixteenth century, and clearly a residence in the burgh was maintained, e.g. the license, already quoted, to William Hannay, provost of Wigtown in 1550, to build a fortified house within the burgh. Alexander Hannay, his father, acquired the lands of Kirkdale in the Stewartry in 1532, perhaps largely from profits from his business interest in Wigtown.

Alexander Hannay of Sorbie, who took over lands of Sorbie in 1569, and who was dead by 1612/13 may well have built the Old Place of Sorbie. It was, ironically, his feuding and violent disputes with his neighbors which brought about the initial decline of the fortunes of the Hannays of Sorbie. His son, John, who was killed in 1640, revived and continued these quarrels, and much of the Sorbie estates were sold in 1626 to Sir Patrick Agnew of Lochnaw, lands later deeded to the Stewarts of Garlies, who finally took over the Old Place of Sorbie in 1677.

The last resident of the Old Place was Brigadier-General John Stewart, M.P. for Wigtownshire in the British Parliament of 1707, who held the Old Place from 1695 until his death there on 22nd April, 1748, and who is buried in the Old Kirkyard.

Perhaps the most interesting Hannay was Patrick Hannay, court poet, diplomat, and adventurer, possibly the brother of John Hannay of Sorbie and Sir Robert Hannay of Mochrum, or else a Hannay of Kirkdale. He was the author of various pleasant pieces, ‘A Happy Husband or Directions to a Maid to chose her Mate’, 1619; ‘Two elegies on the Death of Queen Anne with Epitaph’, 1619; ‘A wifes behavior before marriage’, 1619; and ‘Philomel or the Nightingale, Shertine and Mariana, Songs and Sonnets’, 1622

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The Old Place of Sorbie or Sorbie Tower (Map Reference NX 451471) is situated in the Old Tower Plantation approximately one mile east of Sorbie village. The site is north of the B7052 road which runs east off the A746 (Newton Stewart to Whithorn) from Sorbie to Garlieston.

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Map references are recorded on the National Grid Reference System. The first three numbers represent the distance from the left edge of the map and the second three numbers represent the distance from the bottom edge.

The best coverage of the area for most purposes in the Ordnance Survey map NX 44 on the scale of 2″ to 1 mile, or Sheet 80 on the 1″ to 1 mile scale.

Improvements of Late (1977)

From the Clan West Archive – Originally published in 1977 and written by Maj. R.W. Hannay, [then] Chief of the Clan Hannay.
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: Any hyperlinks and images that may have been in the original article are now lost. Hyperlinks below were added (and references to lost images removed or substituted) when the archived version was reviewed and revised in August, 2020. 


Sorbie Tower in the ancient province of Galloway in Scotland is the place from which we have all sprung. Although in ruins, there is still a substantial part of it remaining. A grim old place with massive walls its stones whisper stories of the past when every man’s hand was against his neighbour and the Hannays were a force to be reckoned with in those rebellious times. The Tower is included in the published list of Ancient Monuments whose preservation is regarded as of national importance.

In 1965, the owner of the surrounding property, Mrs. Jean Cummings, most generously presented the Tower with an area of ground surrounding to be held in Trust by the Clan. The Trustees are your Convener, Secretary and Treasurer, Ramsay Rainsford-Hannay, Alex Hannah and Donald Hannah respectively.

The Society appointed Andrew Hannah, the only bearer of the name now in Sorbie, general custodian of the Tower and erected fences and gates around the tower as required in the Trust agreement. Andrew kept the surrounding clear of undergrowth and organized the removal of centuries of debris from the interior.

In 1972, the Society acquired a full acre surrounding the Tower and formed a new access, a small car park and fenced the new boundaries.

In 1975, the Society was approached by a charity, the Estate of Hope and Kindness who are interested in restoration work and they cleaned off the ivy overgrowing the Tower and cut down much of the surrounding shrubbery.

In 1976, the Estate obtained a Government Grant and the first real advance in the restoration of the Tower was made. While wages were met by the Grant, equipment and materials were paid for by the Society from the proceeds of an urgent appeal to the membership. An enlarged property consolidated access road and car park were made; a large hut erected with water and electricity supply. The floor of the Tower was cobbled, the stairway from the ground to the first floor rebuilt and a large area of original courtyard at the entrance uncovered.

Altogether the Society has collected and spent over 4,000 pounds in the restoration project and those who know the Tower in the past cannot fail to be impressed with the progress.

The work is by no means completed and the immediate tasks are to restore the dressed stone of the window openings and to repair a large hole in the vaulted floor of the Great Hall. These are skilled operations. But the craftsmen are available if we can provide the funds. Few Clan Societies possess a heritage as impressive as Sorbie Tower and it is our privilege to cherish it in our time for future generations.