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The day I fell in love with Sorbie Tower

My name is Louise Julia Hannah, and I have always been interested in my own family history.  My Granda Sam (Hannah) used to tell me stories about when we was growing up in Port Glasgow in Scotland all about his time in the Merchant Navy and the shipyards. It always made me think of all the other ancestors I had.

One day last term in school I was in primary 5. There was an article on Children’s BBC Newsround about family trees. I then researched a BBC article online with my Mum. We read about Clan Hannay and discovered an article about Sorbie Tower, and David Hannah, the constable of Sorbie Tower, was in it. We saw the Clan tartan and loved it. I wanted to find out more.

I then told my Mum and Dad that I wanted to visit Sorbie Tower and find out more about my family history. They agreed to take me during the September school weekend. I was very excited about my visit.

We arrived at Castlewigg Caravan park on Friday 22nd September 2023. We drove through Sorbie on the way, then back to the Tower to check where it was. The next day, Saturday, we visited the Tower.  We were very lucky to meet Steve. He was cutting the grass and said hello to us and that he’d give us a tour in ten minutes. We also met two very nice sisters who were visiting the Tower all the way from America. They were called Hanna and were very nice to us.

Steve shows my family and me around the tower

Here I am with my parents and our tour guide, Steve, who always makes Tower visits special.

Sorbie tower was an amazing experience to see centuries of our family history. It is absolutely beautiful inside and out I would definitely recommend it for a holiday. I got a fabulous tour from Steve; I would go again to see this fantastic place. It is a magical experience inside and out. It truly transports you to another world. I cannot wait to see it when it is fully renovated and I hope all Hannah, Hannay, Hanna and Hanneys can enjoy it, as well as tourists, visitors, and locals. Please help and donate to the cause of transforming the tower back to what it was.

My Dad, Mum and I are now members of Clan Hannay, and I love it.

Thank you for reading my article. Over and out, Louise Julia Hannah, age 10.

 

360 Degree Video – Reception at Sorbie Tower 2023

Watch a 360 degree video immersing you in the evening reception held at Sorbie Tower during the 2023 Gathering weekend.

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360 Degree Video – Piping The Colours 2023

Watch in 360 degree video as David Hanna, the Clan Piper, leads a procession to Sorbie Tower at the 2023 Gathering.

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Save the Date: 2020 Gathering

The 2020 Clan Hannay Annual General Meeting and Gathering will take place the weekend of  Saturday May 23rd and Sunday May 24th. Details to follow, but for now, save the date!  The Gathering will of course take place at Sorbie Tower. Venue for the AGM and ceilidh will be announced soon.

Note that attendance to most events at the gathering weekend requires membership in the society.  Interested in membership?

  • The first step (if you have not already done so) is registering as a free subscriber.
  • Once you are a registered subscriber, you are eligible to upgrade to paid membership.

Save the Date: 2019 Gathering

The 2019 Clan Hannay Annual General Meeting and Gathering will take place the weekend of  Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th. Details to follow, but for now, save the date!  The Gathering will of course take place at Sorbie Tower. Venue for the AGM and ceilidh will be announced soon.

Note that attendance to most events at the gathering weekend requires membership in the society.  Interested in membership?

  • The first step (if you have not already done so) is registering as a free subscriber.
  • Once you are a registered subscriber, you are eligible to upgrade to paid membership.

Tartan Week Talk – New York City

At a reception in New York during Tartan Week in April this year, illustrated talks were given by the Chief David Hannay, on the Clan Hannay Society, and by the convenor Stephen Hanna, on Sorbie tower. All donations went to the restoration appeal for Sorbie Tower.

Sorbie Tower Panorama: Interior

After climbing up the remaining structure of the main stairwell, you find yourself in what would have been the Tower’s Great Hall. Now, of course, it is completely open to the elements, including the floors above.

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Clan Hannay Society Calendar 2018

We produced a calendar for 2017, which was sold this year; at the Clan Gathering, to members visiting Sorbie Tower and via website and e-mail orders.  The proceeds from sales were donated to the Sorbie Tower Restoration Fund.

We are intending to produce a calendar for 2018.  The aim is to have these available for sale at the Gathering in May 2017, and after this by mail order; by purchasing online or ordering by post / e-mail.  We will be placing a deadline for last orders being placed and paid for by the end of October 2017.

We want to give all our members the opportunity to purchase calendars, especially those who will not be fortunate enough to attend the gathering, and those without the internet facility with which to order.

We are unable to include this item in the Clan Goods List because; they will only be available at a certain time, we need to satisfy orders without surplus unsaleable stock at the end of the year, and because of varying postage rates – depending on the destination and the quantity ordered.

If you are interested in purchasing one or more calendars, please either check the website in June 2017, or contact our Secretary Jacquie.  If you would like to pre-order before June, please contact Jacquie to place an advance order.

If you have any photographs with the following content, that you think would be suitable to submit for the calendar:

  • The Dumfries and Galloway area
  • Attending the Clan Hannay Gathering
  • Hannay, Hannah, Hanna or Hanney; family / interest / genealogy / history etc…

Please contact Ian Hanney, our Clan member who produces the calendar: stagestruck42@hotmail.com

Support the Clan Society with easyfundraising.org.uk website

Originally posted by admin on January 2, 2013

Do you shop online?   Purchases made through a partnership with easyfundraising.org.uk will direct a donation to the Clan Hannay Society.  Find out more here. Currently, this organisation supports only causes in the United Kingdom, and only UK residents are eligible to sign up.

 How it works

easyfundraising.org.uk helps charitiesschoolssports clubscommunity groups, and other good causes to raise money when their supporters shop online. So far we’ve raised over £3 million for causes throughout the UK.

It works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop,you raise a donation for your cause instead. It’s as simple as that!

You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each will donate up to 15% of what you spend. For example, John Lewis will donate 1%, Amazon 2.5%, The Body Shop 6%, some insurance retailers will even donate up to £30 simply for taking out a policy with them!

 

Tower Restoration Fund

Posted by franklaw on May 9, 2012

Want to help with the restoration of Sorbie Tower? Can’t make it to the 50th anniversary gathering, but want to contribute to the Society in some way?  In response to queries from members about donations for work on our ancestral keep, here’s the info you need.

Clan Chief Dr. David Hannay writes:

Our Clan seat, Sorbie Tower, is in urgent need of restorative work, and I am approaching all members for help towards this work, by donating £50 (but any amount will be welcome) in this 50th year.  If every member gives £50, we could create a fund in the region of £25,000, which would be a good start towards our goal of achieving a full restoration.  The names of those donating £50 [or the equivalent in other currency] or more will be entered in a special donations book, and each will receive a certificate.

I hope to see you in Scotland in May.
David R. Hannay, Chief of Clan Hannay

To make a donation, please send a cheque made out to The Clan Hannay Society, and write in the memo field – or enclose a brief note – indicating that it is intended for the Sorbie Tower Conservation Project.

See below for the appropriate mailing address based on the currency used.


For donations in Pounds Sterling (£)

Sorbie Tower Conservation Project
c/o Stephen Hanna, Convenor, Clan Hannay Society
Bayview
4 Culderry Row,
Garlieston, Wigtownshire
DG8 8BE
UNITED KINGDOM


For donations in U.S. or Canadian Dollars ($)

Sorbie Tower Conservation Project
c/o Jamie Hanna, Clan Hannay Society
73 Glenashton Drive
Oakville, Ontario
L6K 7A1
CANADA