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Hannay Tartan

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Crest: A cross crosslet fitchée issuing out of a crescent Sable.
Motto: PER ARDUA AD ALTA (Through difficulties to higher things)
 
Although the modern surname Hannay is likely derived from the place name Hannethe, the precise identity of the place is unknown. The family can be traced back to Galloway in South-West Scotland. The name 'Gillbert de Hannethe' appears on the Ragman Rolls of 1296. The Hannay's lands of Sorbie in Wigtownshire were reportedly acquired by the same Gillbert de Hannethe.  In 1488 the Clan Hannay fought at the Battle of Sauchieburn and later in the Battle of Flodden Field. James Hannay, the Master Gunner in the reign of James V led the clan at the Battle of Solway Moss in 1542 and the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh in 1547. 
 
The family began to spread and a tower built at Sorbie in 1550 which commanded views of their ever increasing territory.  Patrick Hannay had a distinguished military career and was patronised by Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia, daughter of James VI and sister of Charles I. Sir Patrick (3rd), Privy Councillor of Ireland, and Master of the Chancellery in Ireland, died at sea in 1625.
 
Possibly the best known Hannay was James Hannay, the Dean of St Giles' in Edinburgh who had the fame of being the target of Jenny Geddes' stool. In an infamous incident in 1637 the Dean had begun to read the new liturgy when with a cry of "Thou false thief, dost thou say Mass at my lug?" was heard and a stool came flying from the congregation, thrown by an incensed Jenny Geddes. The incident began a full scale riot which took the town guard to control.  Sir Robert Hannay of Mochrum was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia In 1630, and from the Sorbie roots the Hannays of Grennan, Knock, Garrie and Kingsmuir evolved. The fortunes of the original Hannays of Sorbie were seriously dented in the seventeenth century when a long running feud with the powerful Clan Murray of Broughton resulted in the Hannays being outlawed. 
 
The clan has also had previous feuds with the Clan Kennedy and Clan Dunbar. After the feud with the Clan Murray the famous tower at Sorbie fell into disrepair and was lost along with the neighbouring lands around 1640. Many Hannays moved to Ireland.

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