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Founded in 1960, the Clan Hannay Society is dedicated to global fellowship and friendship of all those bearing or descended from the family names Hannay, Hannah, Hanna or Hanney.

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First published in 1961, The Hannays of Sorbie traces the roots of those who bear the Hannay name (and its variants Hannah, Hanna and Hanney) from medieval origins in Southwestern Scotland to the present-day global family diaspora. This 4th edition (2019), the newest in almost 30 years, has been revised, expanded, annotated and indexed.

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Meet the Chief

Dr. David R. Hannay, Chief of Clan Hannay of Kirkdale and That Ilk, trained at Cambridge University and St. George’s Hospital in London. He taught at the University of Glasgow and was Professor of General Practice in Sheffield before returning to Galloway as a partner in a local practice and Director of a Regional Research Network. He plays bagpipes, both Highland and Scottish smallpipes, and has enjoyed traveling the world and meeting members of the Clan  diaspora across the globe. He and his wife Janet, a teacher and environmentalist, live in Wigtownshire.

Sorbie Tower

The ancient keep of Sorbie, owned by the Clan Hannay Society, was build in the 16th century.  The ancient seat of the family, it was constructed beside the site of a twelfth-century wooden fort whose foundations can still be seen today. A major restoration campaign is in the works to return the structure to its former glory.

Find out more in our Sorbie Tower section.

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5 days ago

Timeline PhotosOn this day in 1781, the Battle of Cowpens takes place. The Americans administered “a devil of a whipping”! The British were soundly defeated, and the battle would prove to be a turning point for the Revolution in the southern part of the country.Prior to the battle, the division between Loyalists and Patriots was rather stark in the South. The British hoped to take advantage of this situation: If they won a few significant southern victories, the Patriots would be in retreat. The Loyalists would be able to regain control of southern state governments and join with the British in crushing the rebellion in the north.At first, the British strategy seemed to be working: The British won victories in Savannah, Charleston, and Camden. But then they encountered unexpected difficulty from the back country and its militias.If the rest of this story starts to sound a little bit like Mel Gibson’s “The Patriot,” well, that is not an accident! That movie was based partly on the hero of the Battle of Cowpens (American Brigadier General Daniel Morgan) as well as its villain (British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton).Tarleton was known for his cruelty. Allegedly, he’d refused to allow Americans to surrender at the Battle of Waxhaws in May 1780. Because he would not give quarter to surrendering Americans, the phrase “Tarleton’s quarter” was afterwards used to mean, “no quarter.” And it was a rallying cry at the Battle of Cowpens.By contrast, Daniel Morgan was a much-admired hero from the Battles of Quebec and Saratoga. He knew the country because of his work as a wagoner. (He was even called “the Old Wagoner”). He was good at assessing the situation on the ground and changing tactics at the last minute, as needed. He was good at guerilla fighting.At Cowpens, Morgan took a stand that seemed to favor the British. His men lacked escape routes, but Morgan may have reasoned that it would encourage his militia to take a stand. They’d have to. He spent the night before the battle giving pep talks to his men. The National Park Service website says that Morgan “spoke emotionally of past battles, talked of the battle plan, and lashed out against the British.” His talks were effective. His men were ready to fight the next morning.Morgan organized his troops into three lines. Each would do its task, then retreat back to the next line. They would take advantage of Tarleton’s tendency to rush too quickly into the fray. Amazingly, William Washington’s cavalry also appeared, mid-battle. (William was 2nd cousin to George.) At one point, an order to retreat was unintentionally given to the Americans. (The order was lost in all the noise and misunderstood.) The British began charging the retreating Americans, but Morgan ordered his men to turn and fire. They did, and the result was devastating. The Patriots followed with a bayonet charge. The British began surrendering en masse. The Americans had won an astonishing victory! But Tarleton had escaped.P.S. The portrait depicts William Washington at Cowpens. Probably not fair to Morgan, but it is what I found! ---------------If you enjoy these history posts, please know that it is important to LIKE, SHARE & COMMENT. This site’s algorithm will weed these posts out of your newsfeed if you do not interact with them. (I don’t make the rules! Just following them.) ;)Gentle reminder: History posts are copyright © 2013-2017 by Tara Ross. I appreciate it when you use the Facebook “share” feature instead of cutting/pasting.Permalink: http://www.taraross.com/2017/1/this-day-in-history-the-battle-of-cowpens#TDIH #OTD #AmericanHistory #USHistory #liberty #freedom #ShareTheHistory ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

Tidying up my boxes of genealogy and came across this.My Grandmother's cousin John S. Hanna (Winnipeg Canada) sent her this booklet which was printed in Jackson Ohio 1965.The newspaper article is relating the trip John & his wife (no name just "Mrs J.S. Hanna"😉)took in the summer of 1961 to England then to Scotland to meet members of the Clan.They were invited to a party (doesn't specify why) being held at St James palace. They found themselves situated near the doors the Queen was about to make her grand entrance from. Mrs Hanna was aware of a firm tap on her shoulder, then a second, then a third.Quote: With justified irritation, she turned to glare at the idiot who was apparently trying to manoeuvre her out of place" " Ooooo it's you!!" were the only words that came to her mind at the shattering revelation. "Yes it is" was Prince Phillip's smiling reply, his eyes twinkling with mischief and humour. Laughter was followed by a short pleasant conversation.My grandmothers father William Hanna came from the Ottawa area and eventually moved to Toronto. Would love to hear from anyone related to John S Hanna of Winnipeg. My grandmother was the only member of her immediate family to have children so that ended her line of Hannas. Finding it hard to gather info farther back than Great Grandfather. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Some of the Texas Hannas. My Daddy is the little boy on the far left. He died in August 2018. The brothers favored in the face. Uncle Big A, the one next to Daddy, really looked a good bit alike. He gave me my horse Belle and a 30.30 rifle when I was 10. I passed the rifle on to Brad, my son, two years ago. The one in the middle is Uncle Monkey, a master carpenter. Uncle Clinton, third from left, shot skeet with a .22 rifle! Aunt Mina, the tall girl, had polio. She made great sweet potato pie. Aunt Maggie had the sweetest smile and looked just like grandmaw. Picture taken in 1934, we think. ... See MoreSee Less
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