Dr. Robert Joseph Hanna 1923-2002

Dr. Robert Hanna, respected physician in Vancouver, British Columbia, died August 11, 2002.

Dr. Robert Joseph Hanna 1923-2002

Submitted byMGen James E. Hanna, clan councillor (Canada)

HANNA, Dr. Robert Joseph (Bob) passed away peacefully August 11, 2002, at the Royal Columbian Hospital. Dr. Hanna began his medical practice in the early 1950’s and went on to found the Hanna Medical Clinic. Bob was uniquely gifted in his vision of health care for his patients, for which he was often described as “wonderful”. A kind, generous, and loving man, Bob will live on in the hearts of his many patients and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2002, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 5251 Joyce Street, Vancouver. Rev. Victor Gallo and Rev. James Roberts co-celebrants. Interment to follow at Ocean View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations gratefully acknowledged to the charity of your choice. Kearney Funeral Services 604-736-0268. (1096 Broadway West, Vancouver BC V6H 1E6

Vancouver Sun / The Province,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Walter Dore, husband of clan member Barbara Hanna Dore, made enquiries with the following results:

There being no family to contact (no offspring), Wally managed to find a Miss Carole Rice, a registered nurse, who has worked with and known Dr. Hanna quite closely since 1960. Dr. Robert Hanna died August 11th after approx. two years of failing health, at age 79. Miss Rice knew of his Clan membership, as well as the Clan motto and of the Sir Thomas More Collegiate (Christian Brothers of Ireland) Pipe band (although he wasn’t active in it recently). She said Dr. Hanna was a “wonderful, unique and very gifted man” and highly respected by everyone.! Wally gave her a brief history of the Clan Hannay Society and the reasons for my call. He expressed the condolences of the Chief on behalf of the Clan. Miss Rice seemed deeply touched, and thanked the Clan Hannay Society for its interest and expressions of concern.

2002 Gathering

25 & 26 MAY 2002

Saturday 25 May 2002 – Sorbie 

11.00 Sorbie Village Hall held a small exhibition and history of recent preservation work of the Sorbie Tower Project.
12.00 Buffet lunch in the hall.
14.30 Visit to Sorbie Tower
19.00 Clan Dinner and Ceilidh in the Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart

Sunday October 21st – Kirkdale House

 10.00 Annual General Meeting. Refreshments were served afterwards.

2002 St. Louis Scottish Games

Larry and Denny Hanna write:

“Thought you might like the website for the games here in St. Louis … www.stlouis-scottishgames.com … someone here screwed up and invited us back … we have acquired a new Claymore – 5 ft monster – and a Locharber axe that should raise some eyebrows.  Best to all!

Denny and Larry Hanna (L to R) showing the colors at the gathering in Arcadia Missouri USA, March 23, 2002.  Larry writes “had a great time and spread the name around.”

October 2001 Gathering

Saturday October 20th – Sunday October 21st, 2001

With Foot and Mouth disease in South West Scotland cleared, the Clan Gathering, postponed in May, took place together with the Annual General Meeting at Sorbie in October, with the following programme:

Saturday October 20th 

Sorbie Village Hall 10.30 am Council Meeting
12.30 pm Buffet Lunch (£7 each)
2.00 pm Visit to Sorbie Tower
3.00 pm Tea
3.30 pm Annual General Meeting
Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart 7.00 pm Dinner & Ceilidh (£l6 each)

Sunday October 21st

Kirkdale House 11.00 am Coffee (£1.50 each)

Agenda for 2001 Annual General Meeting 

Held at 3:30pm on Saturday, the 20th of October, 2001, at Sorbie Village Hall, Sorbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

  1. Apologies for absence.
  2. Approval of Minutes of AGM held on 21st October 2000
  3. Matters arising from Minutes.
  4. Chairman’s report.
  5. Secretary’s report.
  6. Membership Secretary’s report.
  7. Treasurer’s Report.
  8. Constable’s Report.
  9. Overseas Branches.
  10. Sorbie Tower Conservation Project.
  11. Internet.
  12. Election of Office Bearers and Council Members.
  13. Any other current business.
  14. Date of next meeting.

Flodden Field Commemoration Service

We recently received the following letter from the Clan Hunter Association regarding the upcoming Memorial Service for Flodden Field:

Dear Sir

My name is William P. Hunter Esq. I am a Council Member and Publicity Officer for the Clan Hunter Association UK.

In September 2000, The Clan Hunter held its first commemoration service with regard to the battle of Flodden Field. The service is conducted by the Minister of Branxton Church and with wreaths being laid at the memorial. It is intended that this should become an annual event. To this end the Association is keen to involve as many Clans and families as who would wish to become involved. Many of us stay at a local hotel for a night of gossip and piping. Our Association is eager to foster greater communication with other Clans and Families particularly in the Lowlands and Borders. Our Clan Chief Madame Pauline Hunter of Hunterston and of that Ilk will head the Hunter Association.

Last year Major Ramsay Hannay attended the service and we extend an invitation to all members of your Clan to attend this years event.

I can be contacted at whunter155@aol.com. Our Web address is www.clan-hunter-uk.co.uk where you can learn more about us.

Yours aye,
Bill Hunter

Flodden – Sep 8, 2001 – 4:00pm
Branxton Hill

A commemoration service for the brave of two nations will be offered at the cenotaph.

Madam Pauline Hunter of Hunterston and of that Ilk Clan Chief & 30th Laird will lay a wreath on behalf of Clan Hunter to the memory of John Huntar of Huntarston the 14th Laird and his convocation of Leigemen, who lost their lives on the 9th of September, 1513.

At 4:15pm there will be a 2 minute silence, followed by Flours O The Forest

The service will be read by the Reverend Martin Gillham of St.Paul’s, Branxton.

Madam Hunter welcomes friends of Clan Hunter to join us.

Map of Branxton and Area, including link to driving directions.

For more info, please email Bill Hunter

Adapted  from the  Clan Hunter Website
Upcoming Events Page.

Intertwined Roots – Book Review

Originally published in 2001 by the late James “Texas Jim” Hanna

Have you ever wondered whether or not you should celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Green beer? Shamrocks? Dr. W. A. Hanna has written a guide to our understanding of the relationship between Ulster, Eire and the source of “the troubles”. Because he is a retired surgeon with interests in history and geology, the book is comprehensive. Because he is a fair-minded man, it’s objective – a rare thing in discussions of this sort.

The roots of the conflict between the two communities in Northern Ireland go back a very long way. The Ulster-Scot Presbyterians are the largest single group among the Protestant community, and while they are normally seen as descendents of the seventeenth-century influx of lowland Scots, movements in both directions between Scotland and the north of Ireland date from earliest times. This book refers to those early links, outlines the history of Ulster-Scots, and reflects on their heritage. He discusses the concerns that divide the unionist and nationalist communities. He follows the course of the peace process as well, and, while this is done from a broadly unionist point of view, the background is provided by news reports, headlines and party agreements. Indeed, he traces the ups and downs of the hopes of the people of Northern Ireland up to the point where they enter the twenty-first century.

Dr. Hanna’s book is subtitled “An Ulster-Scot Perspective on Heritage, History, Hostility and hope in Northern Ireland”. He has divided it into three sections: The Past; A Background to the Present; and, The Present. Each section has appendices of great interest but the one that will fascinate U.S. members is the appendix to Part One, “The Scotch-Irish in America”.

Intertwined Roots; W. A. Hanna; The Columba Press, 55A Spruce Avenue, Stillorgan Industrial Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin; ISBN 1 85607 290 8

Available on Amazon.

2000 Gathering Report

Millennium Gathering
Stranraer – Belfast – Sorbie, 24-28 May 2000

The Millennium gathering was attended by over 85 members and friends of the Hannay Clan, many of whom enjoyed the entire 5 days of events.  We started off on Wednesday evening with a Welcome Buffet at the North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer. Our chief greeted everyone: old friendships were renewed, and newcomers were introduced. Prof David distributed “Welcome Packs” detailing the gathering Programme as well as local events.  During the evening the company was divided into “Focus Groups” for discussions on subjects relevant to the well-being of The Clan Hannay Society. This led to a lively discussion, making everyone feel involved. Each group leader was instructed to report decisions to the General Meeting on Friday.

On Thursday, twenty-six of us set sail for Belfast aboard HSS Stena. We were met by the Northern Ireland stalwarts and whisked by bus to lunch at the Belfast Castle, situated on a hill-top and surrounded by lovely gardens. Maynard Hanna welcomed us all, and then off we went on a tour of Belfast. This was an eye-opener to those of us from mainland Britain as we saw for ourselves the divisions and barriers that still exist there.  Returning to the ferry, we were treated to a High Tea of fish and chips and another smooth crossing. Our thanks are due to Ian Wort for his careful planning and organisation of this excursion.  In the picture to the left, constable David (L) and Chief Ramsay (R) stand in the gardens of Belfast Castle. Of possible interest to Clan members is the book recently written on Northern Ireland by Dr. W.A. Hanna, one of our hosts in Belfast.

Friday was the coach tour arranged by Constable David through the beautiful Machars countryside. We enjoyed a delightful walk alongside a stream down to the beach, then a scramble over pebbles to visit St Ninian’s Cave. After a good lunch at “The Steam Packet” we had a stroll round Isle of Whithorn, and spent a couple of hours browsing round the Scottish Book Town of Wigtown. David gave us an interesting commentary on local history before we returned to Stranraer for the evening events.  Our Chief welcomed members and friends to the Clan Dinner.  To mark the 40th anniversary of the Society, Barbara Hannay had generously donated a magnificent cake, which Evelyn, our Clan Membership Secretary, had the honour of cutting.  The leaders of the Focus Groups made their reports to the entertaining and helpful General Meeting which followed. Several group photographs were taken, and we all retired happily to bed.

Saturday was our annual Buffet Lunch in Sorbie Village Hall. Afterwards, Following a very satisfying lunch, provided by the Pheasant Inn, a crowd of 65 assembled at Sorbie Tower  (Picture to Left). With the Clan are Louise Brown and Jodie Montgomery (inset) with their prizewinning entries in their school history competition. Both local girls elected to write about Sorbie Tower and the Hannay Clan. Copies of their entries were given to the Secretary and each of the girls received a Clan Hannay ‘T’ shirt for their efforts.

Professor David R Hannay played ‘The Hannays Return to Sorbie’, ‘Sorbie Tower’ and ‘Bonnie Galloway’ on the bagpipes (Picture to Right). Attendees admired the splendid new hut which, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, now replaces the old shed. Janet (Keeper of the Tartan) and her helpers sold Clan goods, and Packard Harrington our archaeologist talked about the motte and its secrets. We were allowed to go carefully inside the Tower, which has since unfortunately been sealed off for safety reasons. It all looked heart-warmingly magnificent and many photos were taken in the pleasant sunshine.

(Left) Resplendent in the family regalia, Standard-Bearer Douglas Hannay & his children and Membership Secretary Evelyn MacArthur pose on the lawn of the Tower grounds.

Saturday evening the ceilidh at Stranraer Rugby Club went with a swing. After a really delicious meal the Dumfries and Galloway Ceilidh Band enticed us onto the dance floor. An auction of donated gifts raised £295. Several talented members performed, and Barbara and Douglas were thanked for arranging a great evening.

On Sunday morning a few members attended Sorbie Parish Church, Janet and Prof David provided a delicious lunch at Kirkdale House, and conducted tours of the house and gardens. In the afternoon there was a meeting of Council.

The warm hospitality shown by our Chief and his family made us feel at home and we had such a happy few days together! The weather was remarkably good and once again the Hannays were blessed with sunshine almost every day.


Edited from reports by
Evelyn MacArthur,  Janette Hannah and Frank Lawler


2000 Gathering Programme

24 – 28 MAY 2000

Wednesday 24 May
Welcome – North West Castle Hotel

7:30pm Evening Buffet Supper – Introductions – Explanations of. Programme of Events and issue of Information Packs.
Items for consideration and formation of Focus Groups

Thursday 25 May
Northern Ireland Visit – Belfast

Book in as a foot passenger at the Stena Sealink Ferry Terminal before 9:30am, across the road from the North West Castle Hotel.  The ferry leaves at 10:00am. A special rate booking has been arranged and this will include either breakfast on the way to Belfast or a main course meal on the way back to Stranraer.

Arriving in Belfast at 11:50am, to be met by coach and Irish Clan members. The coach will proceed to a local hostelry for lunch, between 1:00 and 2:00pm. Will Hanna from Belfast will conduct a guided tour of the capital city of Northern Ireland.

The coach will return us to the ferry terminal at 4:30pm to catch the 5:10pm boat back to Stranraer, arriving about 7:00pm. Casual and informal social get- togethers will take place in the lounge bar of the North West Castle Hotel when there are no planned events.

Friday 26 May
Wigtownshire Machars Bus Tour

Leaving from the North West Castle Hotel at 9:30am and guided by the Constable, a coach will take in both west and east coasts of the Machars.  Many familiar names from the book ‘The Hannays of Sorbie’ can be recognised on signposts. Passing Port William to stop at Monreith and see the statue of Tarka the otter from Gavin Maxwell’s book ‘Ring of Bright Water’ and bonny St Medan’s Bay. Passing the track to St Ninian’s Cave, where this Saint is reputed to have first landed, bringing Christianity to Scotland from Ireland, long before St Columba. Then stopping at the lovely wee port of Isle of Whithom for lunch at the Steam Packet Hotel by the harbour. There will be time to walk to Candida Casa before setting off to Whithom to look in on the world famous ‘dig’ site and museum then on to Wigtown, Scotland’s ‘booktown’. Time to browse for book bargains and perhaps visit the site of Wigtown Martyrs Monument before returning to Stranraer in time for the Clan dinner at 7:30pm. Dinner will be followed by the Gathering General Meeting in the North West Castle Hotel. Focus Group leaders will report back to the meeting on their specific topics. Items for discussion at the October Annual General Meeting and nominations for Clan Council can be put forward.

Saturday 27 May
Clan Gathering – Sorbie Tower

Sorbie Tower

Meet at Sorbie Village Hall, opposite the Pheasant Inn, Sorbie for a buffet lunch at 12:30pm, before proceeding to Sorbie Tower for the Annual Gathering of our Clan, between 2:00 and 4:30pm. A wide range of Clan goods will be on sale during the afternoon. Tea, coffee and fruit juice will be available.Leave between 4:30 and 5:00pm for Stranraer to prepare for the Ceilidh Dance and supper in Stranraer Rugby Club at 7:30pm

During the evening kinsfolk will be invited and encouraged to participate in the entertainment and dancing. An auction of some Clan articles will, take place during the interval to raise funds for the Sorbie Tower Project, including a red covered, hardback copy of ‘The Hannays of Sorbie’. Goods for auction can be donated to the Keeper of the Tartan, and viewed during the evening, before the auction starts.

Sunday 28 May
Church Service
Sorbie Parish Church

Leave Stranraer for the last time, en-route to Sorbie Parish Church, Kirkdale House and home. The Sorbie Presbyterian Church of Scotland service lasts about 1 hour and is open to all denominations. The service starts at 10:00am in the joint church of Sorbie and Garlieston, built by the Earl of Galloway to serve both villages. About one mile from the Tower entrance road on the way to Garlieston. The offering collection is taken at the entrance on the way in.

Buffet Lunch – Kirkdale House

Kirkdale House

After the church service proceed to Kirkdale House for 1:00pm. Just off the A75 main road from Stranraer to Dumfries, pass Carsluith village and castle, stop in for the Craft Fair. Watch out for the large signs for Cairn Holy, on the left. Turn off here and follow the drive, by the ‘heart’ stone to Kirkdale House for buffet lunch and guided tours of the house and gardens.

A Clan Council meeting will take place at Kirkdale before lunch.

Haste Ye Back.

1999 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting was held in Edinburgh on Saturday 23rd October, 1999. Following is the Chief’s Message:

Greetings to all members of The Clan Hannay Society wherever they may be, and we do extend over quite a large part of the globe.

1999 has been an interesting year — a good forerunner to the new Millennium.

Clan West, U.S.A., has elected a new Convenor, Jack Hanna from Orinda, California. He has entered on his new responsibilities with enthusiasm. His letter to all members introducing himself was most encouraging. He stresses the fact that the purpose of being part of the Clan and being a member of the Clan’s Society is to join together for fellowship, to strengthen and enrich the quality of life for our families and ourselves. We now have the opportunity, with modern methods of communication, to learn of distant relatives and recognise them by the names of Hannay, Hanna, Hannah and Hanney. The Internet and e-mail seem widely available.

At the Sorbie Gathering last year, at the end of May, we were joined for the first time by Hannahs from Iceland, who gave my son David and his wife Janet a great welcome when they visited them later in the year.

I myself was delighted to receive personal visits from Major General and Mrs. Hanna from Ottowa, Canada and their family; from Patti and Keith McVetty also from Canada — Ontario, who were doing a bit of ancestor hunting; and from Jack and Evelyn Hannah, N. Carolina whose five sons are all members of the Society.

In June, I was visited by Mathew and Coleen Russell — Mathew’s grandmother was a Hannah. They were celebrating their 4th wedding anniversary. Later that month Judge Forest Hannah and his wife Janet from Kansas City called on me — a most interesting couple. In August Robert and Julie Lett from Alabama visited me and we wathced the total eclipse together. They were on their honeymoon (Julie is the Hannah).

I always welcome such visits and would encourage clansfolk when on their travels to check whether any Clan members are in the area and endeavour to visit them. Personal contacts do most to achieve the purppose of being a clansman as envisaged by Jack Hanna of Clan West.

There will be a special Sorbie Gathering to celebrate the Millennium, as indicated in this newsletter. December, 1999

Major Ramsay W. R. Hannay, Chief

1999 Gathering

The 1999 gathering was centered in Newton Stewart, and was held on May 29 and May 30, 1999.

The Gathering this year started off with lunch as usual. The venue was Sorbie Village Hall and the Pheasant Inn provided an excellent lunch. The inn is just across the road from the hall.

It had been decided that this year after lunch a General Meeting should take place to give overseas members a chance to have their say and help out with suggestions for fund-raising, etc. The group of approximately 60 then moved on to the Tower were we had a chance to “mingle” a bit, buy Clan goods and listen to piping by Professor David and David Hannah from Northern Ireland.

The weather was beautiful (as it usually is for our weekends) and everyone had to head back all too soon to BandB’s or hotels to change into their gladrags for the Saturday evening ceilidh and dinner in the Crown Hotel, Newton Stewart.

The meal that evening was probably the best yet and was followed by dancing to music from the Doon Valley Sound, a Scottish Country dance band. As is the custom at a real ceilidh, homemade entertainment played a large part in the evening. Len Hanney from Nottingham was “fear an tigh”, man of the house – or, more commonly, Master of Ceremonies – for the night and he did a wonderful job. There was singing from Russell and Janette Hannah and Major General James Hanna (Canada) gave an enthralling rendition of “The Haggis of Private McPhee” by Robert Service. We also had a hilarious joke from Canada but unfortunately it’s too long to print here and has to be heard to be appreciated. Then we had more piping from both David’s and in between times danced the night away good style.

During the course of the evening an auction took place. Dorothea Hannah donated an etching of Sorbie Tower, a pair of coachman’s buttons bearing the clan crest and a mother of pearl and silver penknife with the name P. Hannah engraved on it. We were also given by Mrs. Aspen from Lancashire a handknitted piper doll fully rigged out in uniform in the Hannay tartan, complete with blue feathers in his cap (courtesy of Mrs. Aspen’s budgie). Bidding was quite intense and I didn’t get anything I wanted! But the funds did benefit by the sum of 112 Pounds.

We awoke to fair weather again on Sunday and many of us met for morning coffee at Kirkdale House, home of Professor David and his wife Janet. A tour of the house and gardens was made available to all.

I hope this will encourage some of you who have never attended the Gathering to try and make it some time. We like to think that ours is a bit different from the rest as we all are “family” and there is no standing on ceremony.

I look forward to meeting some of you in the future.

Janette Hannah