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Clan Hannay and Sorbie Tower

ASF spotlights Clan Hannay's restoration of Sorbie Tower and ways to support the ongoing project with a tax deductible donation.

November 20th, 2018 - An update from Professor David Hannay, Clan Chief

Donors to the Restoration of Sorbie Tower,

I am delighted to report to you that as a result of our ongoing fundraising campaign, the internal stair well at Sorbie Tower has now been stabilized, and the scaffolding purchased for ongoing maintenance.

Read more below...

Restoration of Sorbie Tower

"Sorbie Tower is the ancient stronghold of Clan Hannay in Galloway, South West Scotland, from where those with the family names of Hannay, Hannah, Hanna, and Hanney originated.

It is a 16th Century tower house which was abandoned in the 18th Century. In 1965, it was donated to the Clan Hannay Society, and during the following fifty years much time and money has been spent by the Clan in conserving the ruin. However, it is now in a dangerous state and after an option appraisal, it was concluded that only full restoration would ensure its future by providing accommodation and a centre for the clan.

The restoration is a long term project which will be phased according to the funds available. Fundraising efforts have enabled emergency repairs to be carried out.

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In 2017 we extend the campaign to North America, where the majority of clan members live. The North American campaign kicked off last year with a reception in New York during Tartan Week in April - the annual celebration of Scottish heritage." 

How you can support the restoration of Sorbie Tower with a tax deductible contribution:

The American-Scottish Foundation is proud to work with Clan Hannay to highlight the Restoration of Sorbie Tower project. It is a designated project of the Foundation. You may make a donation in support by downloading, completing and returning this form, or directly using our secure Paypal gateway, below:

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"Following the Weeping Windows display in 2017, in November 2018 in order to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, about 14,000 poppies cascaded from the windows of Sorbie Tower. These were hand knitted by local people with some from USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


The display was organized by Stephen Hanna, the clan convener, helped by a team of local volunteers who assisted at the tower over the nine days when around 3,000 people visited the display, which raised about 3,000 for Poppy Scotland and over 1,000 for Sorbie Tower."

There were also purple poppies and a special exhibition to commemorate the many animals killed, especially horses. On November 11th at 6 am local time, all round the world pipers, including the clan chief David Hannay, played "When the battle is over" in memory of the 1,000 pipers who had been killed or wounded.

Sorbie Tower and its grounds are increasingly used by the local community and visitors. 

The next phase of the restoration work will be to the ground floor of the Tower.  As always this depends on the funds available, so we hope you will remember the restoration appeal in your end of year tax plans using the form enclosed.With best wishes for Christmas and the coming Year. 

Prof. David Hannay  (Clan Chief)

The American-Scottish Foundation is proud to work with Clan Hannay to highlight the Restoration of Sorbie Tower project. It is a designated project of the Foundation. ASF is a non profit 501c3 organization.

Please make checks payable to  The American-Scottish Foundation, Inc. 575 Madison Avenue, 10th fl., New York, NY 10022. t.212 605 0338 f.212 605 0222