Clan Hannay Calendar 2021

The 2021 Clan Hannay Calendar is now available for purchase.

This year the calendar features the main thing close to all of our hearts, and fundamental to Clan Hannay, Sorbie Tower.

We have gathered together a selection of various views of the tower over a range of years, with all photographs kindly donated by either Clan members or visitors to the Tower.

As always, all Proceeds to Sorbie Tower Restoration Fund

Job Notice: Part-Time Website Manager

The Clan Hannay Society is looking to hire, on a part-time basis, a manager for, our organization’s website.

Time Commitment

Spread over the course of the year, such a position would require an average of 3 hours a week. Sometimes, several days can go by without an issue, but when one arises, it often needs to have attention paid to it for a day or two. As such, a typical four-week period might look like:

  • 1 hour for a week
  • no hours for the following week
  • a full 8-hour day fixing a problem the week after that
  • 2 hours the next week


The candidate should meet the following qualifications:

  • Technology: Facility with WordPress, FTP, HTML, CSS. Familiarity with WooCommerce and the ability to write Javascript and PHP a plus.
  • Communications: Ability to respond to email requests promptly and track, fix and prioritize issues as they arise. Clan Council members need to know in a timely fashion when problems arise and whether or not they are getting addressed. This allows us to set appropriate expectations and to find practical solutions.
  • Passion: An enthusiasm for the Clan Hannay Society that exemplifies its motto: “Forward Together”. The candidate should be energized with the idea of connecting far-flung cousins and helping our family stories be told.
  • Geographic Location: Since this is an online job, geographic location is of little import, although a strong preference will be given to those who are able to attend, in person, at least one Clan Hannay Society event a year. Such events take place in Scotland, usually either in Lockerbie or Newton Stewart.


The Clan Hannay Society is a small non-profit organization.  Compensation would be a monthly retainer fee of £125. As noted above, this comes with the expectation that over the course of a year, the manager would spend an average of 3 hours a week maintaining the site, with the understanding that very slow weeks with little or no activity will be balanced with those requiring a day or two of solid 9-5 work.  For the purposes of job classification, this is considered a non-employee / contractor position.


Questions and applications for the position should be emailed to jobs @ Please include:

  • (PDF format) a cover letter indicating your interest in the position and connection, if any, to the Clan Hannay Society
  • (PDF format) a resume/c.v.
  • the names and contact information of at least three references with whom we can get in touch.

In kinship,
Frank Lawler
for the Internet Committee of the Clan Council

Clan Hannay Society 2020 Calendar NOW ON SALE! 

Proceeds to the Sorbie Tower Restoration Fund — £10 each plus postage.

Click here to order online and purchase via PayPal or credit card.

If you wish to pay by cheque, contact Jacquie Hannay ( for mailing address and postage cost.

Clan Hannay Society 2019 Calendar NOW ON SALE! 

Proceeds to the Sorbie Tower Restoration Fund — £10 each plus postage.

Click here to order online and purchase via PayPal.

If you wish to pay by cheque, contact Jacquie Hannay ( for mailing address and postage cost.

Chief Plays Bagpipes

Originally posted by Admin on September 3, 2014

Listen to Dr. David Hannay, Chief of the Clan Hannay, playing two tunes on his lowland smallpipes.

Gerard Hanney contributed this recording to us of David playing “Sorbie Tower” and “The Hannays Return to Sorbie”

Obituary: June Purves Hanna

We were saddened to learn of the death on November 2, 2003, June Purves Hanna, beloved wife of Major-General James Hanna, Clan Council Member and Convener of the Canadian Branch.  June had attended many Clan Society gatherings, and will be sorely missed.

PURVES-HANNA, (nee Nicklas), June Frances aged 67 years of Ottawa, Toronto, and Sarasota Florida, on Sunday November 2, 2003 at the Ottawa Civic Hospital after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. Daughter of the late Edward Nicklas and Lillian Wyllie. Beloved wife of Major General (retired) James E. Hanna [Clan Council]. Also survived by her daughter Janine Purves (Cameron Trollope), son Stephen Purves, step-son Jamie Hanna [Clan Council] (Janice), and step-daughter Brenda Hanna. Also survived by her brother Noel Nicklas (Helen) and five grandchildren, Jenna, Michelle, Katie, Julia, and Roland. June spent over 40 years in the travel industry and had extensive world travel experience. A woman of class and kindness she touched the lives and hearts of many. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, Ontario [Canada] on Tuesday November 4th, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, 439 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario on Wednesday November 5, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. There will be a visitation on Saturday, November 8 at 12 noon at the Richmond Hill [Ontario, Canada] Presbyterian Church, 10066 Yonge Street, followed by a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, the family would appreciate memorial tributes in Junes memory to the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry Funeral Homes 613-233-1143.

1998 Gathering

The annual Gathering of members and friends began with a buffet lunch at Sorbie Village Hall on Saturday, May 23rd, 1998.  A Clan Dinner and Ceilidh followed at 7 pm that evening, at the Crown Hotel in Newton Stewart.  The following morning, Professor David and Mrs. Janet invited members to coffee at Kirkdale House, Carsluith, from 11 am to 1 pm.

MGen Jim Hanna (Ottawa, Canada) and Chief Ramsay
at the Ceilidh, Crown Hotel, Newton Stewart