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2011 Clan Gathering and Annual General Meeting

Originally posted by franklaw on May 30, 2011

The annual gathering of the Clan Hannay Society was held on Saturday May 28th with the 49th AGM and lunch in Garlieston Village Hall, followed by a visit to Sorbie Tower. In the evening there was a dinner and Ceilidh/dance at the Creebridge Hotel. Sixty five people attended the gathering, with fifteen from America, four from Australia, four from Northern Ireland, two from Canada, and UK members from Sutherland in the North to Cornwall in the South.

Before lunch a report was presented by a conservation architect on the possibility of re-roofing the Tower. After lunch, members gathered at the Tower led by the clan piper, David Hanna from Northern Ireland. On Sunday, there was an Open Day at Sorbie Tower with over 100 visitors, when tours were led by Stephen Hanna, who with Wendy Ronan is one of the Tower wardens, and is now convenor of the Clan Hannay Society.

Pictures from the 2011 Gathering

Photos from the 2011 Gathering can be found in an album in our official Facebook Group (28 photos). This album includes a photo of attendees infront of Sorbie Tower.

Videos from the 2011 Gathering

Below is a video of the Ceilidh in Newton Stewart.


And here is one of a piper outside of Sorbie Tower…

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.

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.


2004 Gathering and AGM

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.

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.

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.

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