World Scout Jamboree 2023 – Mark Hannay

Mark Hannay to attend World Scout Jamboree

When you hear the word “jamboree,” it’s not unlikely you think of the Scout Movement (or the Boy Scout Association). The word has become strongly associated with the impressive gathering of originally thousands, and now tens of thousands of scouts, held somewhere in the world every four years since 1920 (with only two exceptions based on disruptive world events). Host countries have included Sweden, Japan, the US, UK, Austria, Hungary, Thailand and Chile, among many others.

Our clan will be well represented at the event next year. Sixteen-year-old Mark Hannay, grandson of our Membership Secretary, Jacquie Hannay, and her husband Harry, has been selected to attend the 25th World Scout Jamboree at Saemangeum, South Korea. He is one of only 11 scouts selected from the Cheshire district in England, and he declares he feels honoured to have been given this opportunity.

At the event, he explains, “scouts camp in the host country and meet people from all kinds of places. This year over 40,000 scouts will attend. The jamboree allows young people such as myself an opportunity to travel to new places and experience cultures we have not experienced before.”

He also points out that the event allows young people to share ideas about important issues. “There will be a large focus on the environment this year, and we hope to bring new ideas for sustainability back to our various scout groups around the world.”

Mark and the other members of his district have been working hard to raise money to attend the event, an opportunity with a price tag of nearly £50,000. It is, of course, very expensive to send a large number of scouts to South Korea from around the world—and some of the amount Mark raises will also be used to allow scouts from lower-income countries to attend.

We all wish Mark a rewarding and enjoyable experience, but we can also support him more directly, by donating to the effort and helping to sponsor Mark, his district and others who do not have the means to pay. if you would like to help support this exciting effort, please visit and see the information in the “Donate” section. Please be sure to mention Hannay in the reference of any donations, so we know it’s from you!


Andrew Boyd Hannah (1864-1940) Scottish Footballer


Andrew Boyd Hannah was an early professional Scottish international footballer in the 19th century who played as a right back in both Scotland and England. Uniquely, he is the only player to have been captain of both Everton FC and Liverpool FC over his three separate spells in English football. He missed just two games in Everton’s 1890–91 English First Division title winning season.

He was born in Renton, Dumbartonshire, north west of Glasgow to Northern Irish emigrant parents from near Killinchy, County Down, Henry Hannah and Margaret Boyd. Henry worked in the Glasgow shipyards and eventually had his own dairy business to which Andrew was apprenticed. However, his penchant for the newly professional association football meant that he was signed for Renton FC.

He won the Scottish Cup twice with Renton and his team was even unofficial world champions after defeating English cup holders, West Bromwich Albion, in 1888. He was subsequently signed by WBA after they saw how good he was. By all accounts, he was an all-round athlete who also competed and won the ‘hop, step and leap’ in the Highland Games at Braemar.

Bizarrely, we also won a £10 wager by going into a Circus lions cage as a publicity stunt! He was married twice and had several daughters and a son. Some of his children emigrated to Canada. A few years ago his unmarked grave in Clydebank cemetery in Glasgow had a gravestone erected by representatives of Everton FC to which some of his descendants attended for its unveiling.

Shannon Bews from Canada is a Clan Member and his great, great, great granddaughter.

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, Retrieved 16 Nov. 2021. CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons.
  • Diment, Keith. “Philberd’s Manor in East Hanney.” The Hanneys, 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.