Possibly deriving their name from the Gaelic ‘o’Hannaidh’, or ‘ap Shenaeigh’, the origins of the Hannay clan are unknown.
The first mention of the Hannay name was of a Gibert de Hanneth and came in 1296 on the infamous Ragman Roll – a document in which the Scottish nobility and gentry subscribed allegiance to King Edward I of England as his army advanced north into the country in order to keep their lands.
The clan would go on to hold lands at Sorbie in Galloway and would construct their historic clan seat, Sorbie Tower, around 1550. The tower still stands today, although it is in a state of disrepair and a planned restoration is likely to occur in the coming years.
The present clan chief is Dr. David R Hannay who assumed the role in 2004.