Chief of the Clan National
Ramsey W. Rainsford Hannay of Kirkdale and that Ilk
Rev. James A. M. Hanna, Th.M.
The Manse, Oak Hill, Ohio 45656
Prof. Charles Milton Hanna
113 Brandview Dr., Freeport, PA. 16229
James R. Baxter
1311 Oakridge Dr., Cleveland Hights, Ohio 44121
Treasurer and Purveyor
William H. Haynes
RR2 Box 2537, Cresco, PA. 18326
#5 Hataras Court
Bordentown, N.J. 08505
Ye 'umble Editors
Lawrence R. Hanna and Dennis M.
P.O. Box 1250, Lake Sherwood, MO. 63376
The Machers – B.C.
Durmtroddan and Torhousekie
One of several groups of
carvings, the natural rock surface is here decorated with cup-marks,
cup-and-rings (up to six rings) and grooves. Not far away on this plateau
is an alignment of three tall standing stones, one now fallen.
Known also as Torhouse, this
is a slightly flattened ring of 19 low stones, graded in height, within
which a setting of three stones (a recumbent and two flanking stones) may
be the remains of a small ring-cairn. Another setting of three stones lies
to the east of the circle on a low crest.
Torhousekie in Galloway is a
stone circle showing the gradation in height of its upright stones that is
typical of recumbent stone circles. Inside the circle is a ring-cairn with
a setting of three stones resembling a recumbent and flankers. Dr. Aubrey
Burl has described this monument as an, 'idiosyncratic recumbent stone
circle', noting that its design seems to be related to the midwinter
sunrise rather than to the moon.
Also not to be missed is
Wren's Egg standing stones at the southern tip of the Machers.
This concludes our series on
early Scotland in the Machers. I hope that when you visit our homeland you
will find time to see these sites of our ancestors.
(all text from "Scotland BC"
by Anna Ritchie HMSO copyright 1988)
MINUTES OF CLAN HANNA/H/Y MEETING
September 7, 2000
The annual business meeting
was held at the Four Points Hotel, Greenville, Pennsylvania, beginning at
The meeting was called to
order by Bill Haynes, Pennsylvania Convenor. A motion was made,
seconded and carried to accept the minutes for 2001. The Treasurer’s
Report was accepted as presented. It was noted that the $50 donation
to Westmoreland was cash and was not documented. Life membership
dues go into the endowment fund, not the general account.
The secretary reported there
are 38 life members and 63 annual members.
Welcome to the newest member
of our Hanna clan, Tim Wade. We are glad to have him join us for
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Jim
Baxter, Darla Bretz, Lois Fitzpatrick, Charles Hanna, Milton "Jack" Hanna,
William Haynes, Toni Schmahl, and Tim Wade
GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE: Dick
Fitzpatrick and John Wojcik
A motion was made and seconded
to advertise in two magazines, The Highlander and Scottish Life. The
motion carried unanimously.
We were saddened to hear of
the death of one of our members, Lillian Huffman. Our sympathy goes
to her family.
There was discussion regarding
possible newsletter items that would help us to stay connected to one
another. Items such as; member’s personal information,
illness/recovery, the names of members who have died in the past year,
etc. Similar to what is done at the games through the "Flowers of the
Field" list. It would be nice, through the newsletter, to ask Hanna Clan
members to donate $15 towards the Sorbie Castle reconstruction.
Regarding future annual clan
meetings, Bill Haynes suggested we get a separate meeting room and order
off the menu, with possible barbershop quartet entertainment at a cost of
$75.00. There was also a suggestion that the clan meeting be held at
the clan tent around 1:00 p.m. which would free up Saturday evening for
reservations at the Mountain View Inn for the ever popular Scottish
Dinner/Entertainment. We’ll give this a try next year. We will
rent a bigger tent and more chairs for the business meeting. Bill
Haynes will coordinate with Larry and Dennis Hanna, our newsletter
editors, for RSVP forms for the dinner in the spring newsletter.
A motion, made by Jim Baxter
and seconded by Tim Wade, that a $315 donation be given toward the Sorbie
Castle reconstruction was carried unanimously.
New Sales Items: Chuck Hanna
will provide small ceramic crests for sale. Lois Fitzpatrick’s son
may make two-dozen ceramic Hanna mugs.
Bill Haynes, Pennsylvania
Convenor, has renewed our Pennsylvania license so we can continue to use
the "Hanna/h/y Society, U.S.A." name for ten more years.
Chuck Hanna, our Convenor, has
had several discussions with the Scotland Hanna Society. First, they
wanted the Hanna/h/y Society, U.S.A. to join them and give them half of
our dues. We refused. Then they asked for only one-fourth of
our dues and half of our treasury. The only benefit to joining
ourselves to their society is the ability to buy their Hanna items.
Chuck said we have never given
them dues for our entire existence and we don’t intend to start now.
Discussion is ongoing to try to come to an acceptable coexistence.
A motion was made, seconded
and unanimously accepted to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.
Darla Bretz (Secretary)
Items form the Internet
Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Friday, 22 March 2002
Tartan trail takes John to America
A Local musician will fly
across the Atlantic next month to join the world’s biggest bagpipes band.
John Lockhart, from Parkgate will join pipers and drummers from all
corners of the world in New York for the Tartan Day celebrations.
Around 10,000 pipers and
drummers are expected to parade up 6th Avenue and into Central Park on
April 6 creating miles of tartan. The events leading sponsor ScottishPower
and co-sponsor Visit Scotland aim to raise $1 million for Marie Curie
Cancer Care and Gilda’s Club Worldwide.
John has thought about nothing
else for the past few weeks and can’t wait to get over their and represent
his country. He said: "It is going to be a fantastic day and I haven’t
stopped thinking about it. "I have been learning to play the pipes for
three years now and I was part of a similar parade in Edinburgh two years
ago when 8,000 pipers played. "If 10,000 pipers do go to New York it will
be absolutely fantastic. "I am a farmer and at this time of the year I am
usually lambing sheep but all my sheep were culled during the
foot-and-mouth outbreak so I have the opportunity to go over and it really
is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. "It says in the brochure that there
will be 43 miles of tartan. "I don’t know how they worked that one out but
I am sure it will be a special day with everyone dressed in kilts. "I
would also like to thank all my sponsors for everything they have done to
help me go over there and be part of New York’s Tartan Day."
Dear Members and Friends of the Clan Hannay
We have just updated the Clan
Hannay Society website,
http://www.clanhannay.com/ with the latest information, including
details on the 2002 Clan Gathering.
Some of you may have run into
difficulty accessing the site recently. We have been working to
resolve these, but there are still technical problems in accessing the
site from its other names (e.g. clanhannaysociety.org and clanhannay.org).
These will give you an error at the present time. As such, please continue
to use the main address,
http://www.clanhanny.com to visit the site, and let us know if you
have any difficulty accessing our web pages.
We appreciate any feedback and
will try and fix problems as quickly as we can.
NOTE: More of the site is now
restricted to members only, so if you find yourself confronted with a
members-only sign-in page and you have not yet requested sign-in
permissions, please email us at
[email protected] or
[email protected] with the subject "requesting member access" and
include: a) your full name b) your email address c) your mailing address
d) your Clan Hannay Society Membership Number. We will email you back with
your ID and password. I hope to see many of you in Sorbie this May!
Sincerely, Frank Lawler
Clan Hannay Society Internet Committee
In At Sorbie Tower
(Received September 5, 2002 from
Constable David Hannah)
Dr. David Hannay wrote on
behalf of Clan Hannay to congratulate Dumfries and Galloway Police for
apprehending three of the culprits who broke into the shed and damaged the
very expensive information plaque on the pedestal at Sorbie Tower. Nothing
appears to have been stolen, although there appears to have been some
minor vandalism. The three youths, around 16 years of age have been
plaguing the neighborhood for a few years and local people are pleased
that the Police caught them and extracted confessions. Sorbie, Garlieston
and the surrounding area can breathe a sigh of relief.
Wendy the Warden and family
cleared up the damage, discovered by Douglas the Herald during one of his
ghost night tours of the Tower. The information plaque will be replaced
and copies kept as a precaution against future loss.
Auld Lang Syne
Robert Bums certainly did not
compose Auld Lang Syne to celebrate New Year's Eve. That little custom
originated with Guy Lombardo's Dance Band, a "lang" time later. To Bums,
the song was for friendship and wistful remembrance. We'll tak a cup o'
kindness yet, (Let's have a friendly glass), For Auld Lang Syne (for good
times long ago).
Burns claimed the song was not
wholly his but rooted in Scottish folklore. He merely added verses and
fine-tuned it, even adding a different tune. Auld Lang Sync was first
published in 1796, but he did not live to see his song in print as he died
that summer of heart disease, at the age of 37.
Since it's first printing, it
has been translated into most modem languages. In Japan, a digitized
version of Auld Lang Svne chimes when it's safe for pedestrians to cross
the street! Some of the meaning has changed in its various translations.
100 years ago, a scholar noted the difficulty of translation and observed
that there were 5 different titles in German. Phrases such as "we twa hae
paidl'd in the burn or 'we waded in the brook together" became "we made
mud pies together" in Schweitzerdeutsch.
The song became instantly
popular but had nothing to do with New Year's Eve celebrations until a
young Canadian bandleader named Guy Lombardo attached it to New Year's Eve
in the 1930's.
Guy Lomhardo grew up in the
heavily Scottish community of London, Ontario. To honor the Scottish
tradition, the band he played with would play Auld Lang Syne to end an
evening's entertainment. When he put together his own band, Guy Lombardo
and the Royal Canadians, it was for over three decades one of the most
popular dance bands in America and Canada. Early in his career his band
performed on a weekly network radio show, coincidentally sponsored by
"Robert Bums Panatella Cigars! Lombardo used Auld Lang Syne as the show's
sign-off. The link to New Year's Eve did not come until the band had a
prom date at the University of Virginia.
When his band played the song,
the entire room cheered. Lombardo did not know that the tune was one of
their school songs. Lombardo said later that the reaction to the song
convinced him to keep the number in his repertoire and "especially on New
Year's Eve." Lombardo commented later, "Of such beginnings are traditions
born." as the band grew in popularity, they began broadcasting every New
Year's Eve from the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Later on from the
Waldorf-Astoria. Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians played Auld Lang
Sync at the stroke of midnight. Millions of people around the world began
singing Robert Bums' little song.
(from an article, "Anatomy of
An Anthem: How Auld Lang Sync Conquered the World" by Richard F. Mooney)
AULD LANG SYNE
A song of friendship and
salutation. Burns describes it as `the old song of the olden times, and
which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript, until I took it
down from an old man's singing', but a similar `Auld Lang Syne' tune was
actually printed circa 1700 and is therefore certain to be much older.
Exciting Finds at Tower
(Galloway Gazette, Saturday, 23
An archaeological, fieldwork
summer expedition has made some pretty exciting finds at Sorbie Tower in
the last couple of weeks, and the Gazette visited the site to see what had
been happening there.
The party was led by Mr. Eric
Talbot, lecturer in Mediaeval Archaeology at Glasgow University, who had
decided to bring a group of 2nd and 3rd year Archaeology students to
Sorbie for their Summer ‘dig'. Following a request from Mrs. Shan Grant
who had taken a Diploma in Field Archaeology and, as a frequent summer
visitor to Cardonesss, had been approached by Mr. R.W. Rainsford Hannay
and asked to look at the Tower and see what needed to be done.
Sorbie Tower belongs to the
Clan Hannah Society. It was in l978 that things first began to happen
there when an M.S.C. project, sponsored by the Society, made a start on
clearing away piles of rubble from the ground floor. They did some basic
consolidation work to try and stop some more of the dilapidation of the
building which is a very fine example of its type.
Visiting the site, Mrs. Grant
thought that a mound nearby might well cover many secrets of an earlier
earthwork castle, so she approached Mr. Talbot and suggested the site as a
suitable one for a dig and more exploration.
The Glasgow University
students, plus one from Munich, who had done his Ph.D. on, ‘The Tower
Houses of Scotland’, worked hard clearing the site of nettles and general
undergrowth to start off with before they began digging. Already they
think they have discovered the base of a Flying bridge to the top of the
mound, similar to that depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. Other finds have
included shards of pottery dating back to the 12th and 13th Centuries, one
of which was from Bordeaux round about 1250.
Several fragments of silver
coins have appeared, including one from the reign of King Henry III of
France between 1574 and 1589, and Mr. Talbot is looking forward to longer
expeditions in future years when more of the secrets and treasures of
Sorbie may be brought to light.
The reason the mound had been
"undiscovered" for so long, he thought, was because it was covered in
nettles and other vegetation. Next year he hopes to bring a larger party
of students for a longer time and to uncover a much larger section than
has been possible in the brief two-week stay this year. It has been enough
to whet his appetite and confirm his confidence in the importance of the
It was, he added, a
particularly convenient site to work at, with the Sorbie Tower Cottage
available to rent, and the hut that had been put up by the earlier M.S.C.
project. It was a great luxury, he said to have a research dig, as so much
of the work was generally rescue work which was not as good.
Work wasn't just going on at
the Mound, however. Mrs. Shan Grant, and Mr. Scott Wood, an architect with
an interest. In archaeology who took the same Diploma as Mrs. Grant,
accompanied the expedition and worked steadfastly on the location directly
leading from the present castle. Their major discovery was a very fine
cobbled road leading away from the front courtyard of the castle and down
through the woods to the perimeter of Sorbie Farm. From then it was
difficult to investigate further as the land had been ploughed over and
over again through the centuries, Signs of support buildings for the
castle were traced, however, as well as a spring, and banks and ditches.
The cobbled road has a large rock base, covered with shingle, and with the
cobbles carefully and individually set into it, and there was great
excitement at its discovery.
Scott Wood has completed a
pretty full survey of the Tower as its stands, with beautiful drawings and
plans, which will now be lodged in Edinburgh with the Royal Commission for
Ancient Monuments. There any interested person will be able to see them,
and perhaps in the future use them as a base for renovation.
Sorbie Tower is of special
interest as it is a particularly big Tower House with many refinements,
which were not common in its day. There are, for example, toilet
facilities in every room, and each room was heated. Life there must indeed
have been more sophisticated and comfortable than was perhaps the case in
many such castle and towers.
Mr. Talbot praised both Mrs.
Grant and Mr. Wood on their initiative, skills and interest, and thought
that Clan Hannah Society would be delighted with the finds they had made
during the two weeks in Sorbie.
What’s in a Name?
The following is a list of
variations of the family name over the centuries. While I’m sure it is not
complete, it will give the reader some idea as to how such a seemingly
simple name had many interprations. When one considers that in the early
days most common people were illiterate and that as each new lord or owner
came into possision of the land, among the first things he would do was to
take a census. In this way he would know how much tax or goods he was
entitled to. To do this he would employ a scribe or cleric. This person
may have been from another area or even another country. As a result the
spellings were done as they sounded to the writer. Since the commoner
could not read, he accepted without question the spelling of his name.
Hanna, Hannah, Hannay, Hanney, Hanneth, A’Hanna, A’ Hannay, O’Hannaldh,
Annadhl, Achannay, de Hannethe, de Annethe
A Flower of the Field
We are sadden to hear of the
passing of our sister Lillian Huffman. The Clan, all wish to express our
deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Her loss will be felt by all
until that day, we meet again in the Lords Great Glen.