2008 Clan Hannay Gathering and Annual General Meeting Report

A successful Clan Gathering was held on Saturday afternoon May 31st, when about 50 people were piped to Sorbie Tower by the new clan piper, David Hanna from Northern Ireland. In the morning there was an AGM and lunch at Garlieston Village Hall and in the evening a dinner with ceilidh/dance in Newton Stewart. At the AGM, amongst other matters, the following two items were agreed:

1) After consideration by the Clan Council, it was decided that the arrangements agreed in 2002; whereby overseas branch members paid one third of annual fees to the main society (and so became full members of the main society) would cease. This was because, with some exceptions, this had not happened.

Instead, it was agreed to offer life membership to all annual members, allowing for fees already paid (whether to a branch or main society ) on a pro-rata basis. Annual membership would still be available, but only by direct debit. The newsletter is currently sent to 527 members of whom 92 are annual members. Of these, less than half have kept their subscriptions up to date, but still receive the newsletter. Annual members will be written to during the next few weeks about this.

2) Next year there is an International Clan Gathering in Edinburgh on July 25th & 26th, with a Highland Games in Holyrood Park, and on Saturday a parade up the Royal Mile to a pageant at the Castle. It was therefore decided to have the clan AGM and dinner in Edinburgh on Friday evening July 24th, before the international gathering , rather than have a gathering at Sorbie at the end of May.

Clan Hannay society have already booked a tent for the highland games and some passports for the parade and pageant. Passport tickets have recently gone on sale and may be sold out soon. Details can be found at http://www.homecomingscotland.com.

2008 Clan Gathering and Annual General Meeting

Originally posted by franklaw on June 1, 2008

A successful Clan Gathering was held on Saturday afternoon May 31st, when about 50 people were piped to Sorbie Tower by the new clan piper, David Hanna from Northern Ireland. In the morning there was an AGM and lunch at Garlieston Village Hall and in the evening a dinner with ceilidh/dance in Newton Stewart. At the AGM, amongst other matters, the following two items were agreed:

1) After consideration by the Clan Council, it was decided that the arrangements agreed in 2002; whereby overseas branch members paid one third of annual fees to the main society (and so became full members of the main society) would cease. This was because, with some exceptions, this had not happened.

Instead, it was agreed to offer life membership to all annual members, allowing for fees already paid (whether to a branch or main society ) on a pro-rata basis. Annual membership would still be available, but only by direct debit. The newsletter is currently sent to 527 members of whom 92 are annual members. Of these, less than half have kept their subscriptions up to date, but still receive the newsletter. Annual members will be written to during the next few weeks about this.

2) Next year there is an International Clan Gathering in Edinburgh on July 25th & 26th, with a Highland Games in Holyrood Park, and on Saturday a parade up the Royal Mile to a pageant at the Castle. It was therefore decided to have the clan AGM and dinner in Edinburgh on Friday evening July 24th, before the international gathering , rather than have a gathering at Sorbie at the end of May.

Clan Hannay society have already booked a tent for the highland games and some passports for the parade and pageant. Passport tickets have recently gone on sale and may be sold out soon. Details can be found at http://www.homecomingscotland.com

2006 Gathering

2006 Clan Gathering

The 2006 Clan Gathering will be an extended one, running from Tuesday, May 23rd to Sunday, May 28th, 2006  It will be primarily based in Stranraer, though some events will be taking place in Newton Stewart and Sorbie, with side trips to the Machars and Northern Ireland.

Gathering2006

New Chief of the Clan Hannay

PROFESSOR DAVID HANNAY
Second Chief of Clan Hannay

As the eldest son of Ramsay Hannay, who died earlier this year at the age of 93, Professor David Hannay has succeeded his father as the Chief of Clan Hannay. This has been approved by the Lord Lyon and acclaimed at a recent gathering of the Clan Hannay Society.

Professor Hannay is a family doctor who trained at Cambridge University and St. George’s Hospital in London, before going to Glasgow University as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in General Practice. After a period of family practice in Wigtownshire he became Professor of General Practice in Sheffield, where he established anInstitute of General Practice before returning to Galloway as a partner in a local practice and Director of a Regional Research Network. He has recently retired as a partner in the practice but continues with some clinical work and is a research adviser for the Royal College of General Practitioners. . In 1978 he was a research fellow at McMaster University in Canada, and in 1997 was a Visiting Professor at theUniversity of Western Australia.

In the past, Professor Hannay has stood as a Liberal candidate for Galloway in elections for Westminster and the Scottish Parliament. He likes playing bagpipes, both Highland pipes and Scottish Smallpipes, and, when time permits, enjoys sailing. David is married to Janet, who is a teacher and environmentalist with a special interest in garden history. They have three sons, one of whom lives nearby and the other two in Edinburgh. All three are married and there are four grandchildren. For the past few years Professor Hannay has been Convenor of the Clan Hannay Society, and his wife Janet is Keeper of the Tartan. They live in the old family home at Kirkdale, where they are partners in a hill farm, and where Clan members are always welcome.

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A Service of Thanksgiving for R W Rainsford Hannay

On Friday 16th January at 12:00 noon 2004, the Thanksgiving Service for Ramsay William Rainsford Hannay took place in the church of Kirkmabreck in the village of Creetown. Ramsay had been cared for in the Nursing Home at Gatehouse of Fleet lately and passed away on Saturday 10th of January 2004. Kirkmabreck is a beautiful little church sitting on the side of the hill behind the village and it was crammed full of people from all over and from various walks of life wishing to pay tribute to a much loved friend.

Ramsay’s coffin was draped with the family tartan and his chief’s bonnet with eagles feathers was placed on top. The service was simple and moving with readings from his daughter, Mrs Jessica Russell and his grandson , Mark Hannay. His son, Professor David Hannay gave the family tribute which was touching, amusing and informative.

After the service a private burial took place in the cemetery behind Kirkdale House while guest were invited to go on to Kirkdale for lunch.

I heard many people that day referring to Ramsay as both a “gentleman” and a “gentle man” and I think there can be no finer tribute to him than that. I feel honoured to have known him.

Report by Janette Hannah

Obituary – Chief Ramsay Hannay

Ramsay William Rainsford Hannay
Born 15 June 1911 – Conoor, India
Died 10 January 2004 – Gatehouse-of-Fleet, Scotland

Ramsay W. Rainsford Hannay was born in India where his father was serving in the army, but returned as a child to Edinburgh during the First World War. He was subsequently educated at Winchester College where he rowed for his school, as he did for Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read law.

At the outbreak of the Second World War he joined the Highland Light Infantry but was seconded to Special Operations where he trained personnel in Canada and the UK for action behind enemy lines in Europe. He was in Paris for the liberation of France, and in Berlin before the Russian Army arrived. After the war he worked in the legal department of the Board of Trade under Harold Wilson and Edward Heath, before taking early retirement to manage the family estate in Galloway, where he established a successful caravan holiday park.

Ramsay Hannay was a founder member of the Clan Hannay Society in 1960 and subsequently became its first Chief. The Hannay, Hannah, Hanna and Hanneys originated from Sorbie in Wigtownshire. Sorbie Tower was donated to the Clan Hannay Society in 1965, since when there have been annual Clan Gatherings and a growing international membership. Ramsay Hannay was a member of the Council of Chiefs and travelled widely to Clan functions, especially in North America. He took a great interest in Clan Members who were always made welcome when they visited Galloway.

A man of integrity with a strong sense of humour, and a natural concern for others, his advice was widely sought. He was an Honorary Sheriff and continued his own father’s involvement with Scouting, being President of the Galloway Area Scout Council, and with Dry Stone Walling, being a founder member of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain and at one time its President. He was also a founding chairman of the South West Holiday Parks Association, President of the Gatehouse Festival Group, and a Trustee of Carsluith Village Hall.

In 1936 he married Margaret Wiseman, who predeceased him, and is survived by a daughter and son, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. After a well attended Service of Thanksgiving at Kirkmabreck Parish Church, Creetown, he was buried in the old churchyard above Kirkdale House, his family home.

Obituary by Dr. David Hannay

2004 Gathering and AGM

CLAN HANNAY SOCIETY
ANNUAL GATHERING & ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
SATURDAY – SUNDAY 29 & 30 MAY 2004

This event has already taken place.

Saturday 29 May 2004 – Sorbie and Newton Stewart

For those arriving early, drinks can be purchased at the Pheasant Inn opposite the village hall and this provides a good opportunity to meet and socialise before the buffet lunch.

12.00 Buffet lunch will be served in the hall (after a welcome by the Convenor).

14.00 Visit and Gathering at Sorbie Tower.

18.30 for 19.00 Clan Dinner & Ceilidh in the Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart (Members and guests are actively encouraged to participate in the Ceilidh by dancing, playing, reciting, or singing). Any donations of items to the fundraising raffle would be appreciated.

Sunday 30 May 2004 – Kirkdale House

10.00 41st Annual General Meeting. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Visitors to Kirkdale will be giving the opportunity to tour the house and gardens.

Costs are in Pounds Sterling and must be paid, in full before 17 May 2004

Buffet Lunch £7.50
Clan Dinner & Ceilidh £18.00
Refreshments at Kirkdale £1.50
Total £27.00

Bookings must be made in advance and payment, to ‘The Clan Hannay Society’ sent to the Membership Secretary – Mrs E M McArthur, with full names and addresses of all those attending by Monday 17 May 2004.

Showing the Tartan in Townsville

George Hannah, dressed in Hannay regalia (see picture, left), showed his support for the Scottish rugby team at the October 12th World Cup game held in Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

Scotland defeated Japan 32-11.

2003 Gathering and AGM

CLAN HANNAY SOCIETY
GATHERING & ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
SATURDAY 24 & SUNDAY 25 MAY 2003

Saturday 24 May 2003 – Sorbie and Newton Stewart

For those arriving early drinks can be purchased at the Pheasant Inn and this provides a good opportunity to meet and socialise before the buffet lunch.

12.00 Buffet lunch will be served in the Sorbie Village Halll (after a welcome by the Convenor)

14.00 Visit and Gathering at Sorbie Tower

19.00 Clan Dinner & Ceilidh in the Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart (Members and guests are actively encouraged to participate in the Ceilidh by dancing, playing, reciting, or singing).

Sunday 25 May 2003 – Kirkdale

10.00 41st Annual General Meeting. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Visitors to Kirkdale will be giving the opportunity to tour the house and gardens.

2003 International Gathering of the Clans Nova Scotia, Canada

Excerpted from a message sent by Jean Watson, co-chair of the International Gathering Committee

Every four years the International Gathering of the Clans has been held in Nova Scotia, starting in 1979. Next year the event will begin on July 1, 2003 with the unfurling of  the International flag at Pugwash, Nova Scotia . On July 4th Mayor Peter Kelly of Halifax will host all visiting Clan Chiefs and Clan dignitaries to a reception prior to the Nova Scotia International Tattoo, a yearly event in Nova Scotia. The Halifax Highland Games will be held on the Garrison Grounds on Saturday and the Kirking of the Tartans will be held on Sunday. Highland games will be  held throughout the summer in Antigonish, New Glasgow, North Sydney, Middleton with various Celtic Concerts, and Scottish events all summer long. The Shiretown of  Pictou will host the Ship Hector Festival in August and the New Scotland Days in Sept. while other locations will put on teas, Celtic music concerts, festivals and displays. Art shows will be held and all cities, towns and villages are being encouraged to get in on the events.  The Pipers Picnic will be held at Earltown the first Saturday in August. 

For more details, visit the official website