Clan stars in international showcase of Scotland

From the Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press

August 24, 2017

WIGTOWNSHIRE was represented on Monday at the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Each performance of the Edinburgh tattoo started with a parade of two or three Scottish clans.

Fifty-seven clans are represented across 25 performances, with Clan Hannay appearing on Monday with the Buchanans and MacGregors.

After a rehearsal in the great hall of Edinburgh castle, the three clans led by pipers and t.heir chiefs marched onto the esplanade, where the chiefs drank a ceremonial toast before all clan members went to their seats for the performance.

The 17 members of Clan Hannay were led by their chief, Prof. David Hannay and his wife Janet, the keeper of the tartan.

They were followed by Douglas Hannah, of Stranraer, as standard bearer and his brother Leslie together with Tommy Hanna, of Glasgow. carrying the clan banner.

Others representing the clan were Russell Hannah, the clan herald, and his wife Janette.

The Clan Hannay originated in Galloway where the family name was variously spelt Hannay, Hannah, Hanna, and Hanney.

The clan society was formed in 1960 and now has about 600 members worldwide with the largest number being in America. The family stronghold is the 16th century tower house at Sorbie, which was abandoned in the 18th century.

In 1965 the ruin was donated to the clan society, who have now launched an international appeal to restore the tower.

Clan Hannay members in Edinburgh

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