2022 Clan Gathering – tickets now available!

The 2022 Gathering of the Clan Hannay Society will take place on 27-29th May.

A full program of events is planned, to include a reception in Sorbie Tower, the AGM of the Clan Hannay Society, a Dinner Dance and Clan games. Tickets are now available (please log in to view) and a full timetable of events can be seen further down this post.

The 2022 Gathering includes the traditional elements of Piping in the Colours at Sorbie Tower, led by Clan Piper, David Hanna, a Dinner Dance on Saturday evening, along with a picnic and Clan games on Sunday.

New for 2022 is a chance for Clan members to see Sorbie Tower by candlelight and with fires lit, between 7pm and 9pm. Prebooking is essential.

The Creebridge House Hotel in Newton Stewart is the venue for the Saturday night Dinner Dance, which will feature a traditional ceilidh along with a raffle and auction to raise money for the Tower Restoration Fund (donation of prizes very welcome, bring them along or contact the Clan Convenor).

On Sunday the grounds of Sorbie Tower will be the venue for a family picnic with Clan games. Bring your own food, drink and picnic rug, and simply enjoy the afternoon with other Clan members, or take part in the Clan games. There will be informal games such as badminton, horseshoes etc for all, and plenty of opportunity for children to burn off some excess energy! If you would like to donate a game, or funds to buy a game, to be kept at the Tower, then please contact the Clan Convenor.

The timetable for the Gathering is:

Friday 27th May

19:00 hrs. Reception at Sorbie Tower. Tickets £15 per person including wine (or soft drink) and nibbles. A chance to see the Tower by candlelight. Clan members and their guests welcome.

Saturday 28th May

10.30 hrs for 11.00 hrs. AGM. Garlieston Village Hall. Clan members and their guests welcome. Free of charge, no ticket required.

13.00 hrs. Buffet lunch following AGM. Tickets £10 per person. Clan members and their guests welcome.

15.00 hrs. Piping in the Colours at Sorbie Tower. Free of charge, no ticket required, all welcome.

18.30 hrs for 19.00 hrs prompt. Clan Dinner Dance at the Creebridge House Hotel, Newton Stewart. Tickets £28 per adult, £14 per child up to 12 years. Please note that under 12s will receive a child’s portion dinner. Clan members and their guests welcome.

Sunday 29th May

12.00 hrs onwards. Picnic with Clan games at Sorbie Tower. Bring your own picnic and watch or take part in the Clan games, which are open to all, adults and children. Free of charge, no ticket required, all welcome.


The Creebridge House Hotel is offering a special Bed and Breakfast rate for Clan members of £60 per night for a single room, and £85 per night for a double or twin room, if booked directly with the hotel before May 1st.

For information on accommodation, transport, places to eat and visitor attractions, go to the Visit Scotland website.

Some camping will be available on site. Contact Stephen Hanna to arrange this as space will be limited.


We are monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus situation carefully and are hopeful that the Gathering will go ahead as planned this year, however we are unable to guarantee that it will take place. In the event that the Gathering is cancelled, all monies paid for tickets will be refunded.

If you are planning to attend, please check the website for updates.

The Hanneys of Oxfordshire

Church of St. James the Great, West Hanney

Church of St. James the Great, West Hanney

Next time you hear someone refer to visiting “The Hanneys,” they may mean the place and not the family.

Water both binds and divides the sister villages of East and West Hanney, located in the Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire. These two picturesque townships are known as “island villages,” as they were historically surrounded by marshland. The area between them silted up over the years, such that they are now separated only by a single field.

Causeways through the two villages now keep the water under control for the most part, though until very recently the two villages still might be cut off from each other in wet weather. The region remains very fertile, though some parts are still prone to flooding. Archaeological evidence, some dug up during metal detecting rallies in 2009-2010, shows the area has been variously settled for over 5000 years. The region may well have been the home of Saxon nobles, as well as various estates.

Philberd's Manor and passing brook, East Hanney

Philberd’s Manor and passing brook, East Hanney

But what about that name? The “Hanneys” designation flows out of this geography. The “ey” suffix is from “ieg,” meaning “island” in Anglo-Saxon. “Henn” is the feminine “hen” (“henna” is listed as a masculine, meaning “fowl.”) More concisely, David Nash Ford defines the name as “Cock Island,” attributing the Hanney moniker to the preponderance of wild birds, many presumably waterfowl, in this swamp-rich district.


Sources in rough order of appearance:


  • Steel, Trish. “The Church of St. James the Great, West Hanney.” Wikimedia Commons, tinyurl.com/3zbnjspa. Retrieved 16 Nov. 2021. CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons.
  • Diment, Keith. “Philberd’s Manor in East Hanney.” The Hanneys, https://thehanneys.uk/. Retrieved 16 Nov. 2021.

For more good images of the area, you might check out this gallery, with more work by local photographer Keith Diment.