I mentioned in my previous post that one aim of our visit to Scotland related to breathing some life into my wife’s online ancestry research. Seeing the names of places on print outs of census returns, certificates of birth marriage and death, and so on is one thing, but visiting those places brings the research to life.
The photograph is of Sorbie Tower (or Castle). In the early 17th century, it was owned by Alexander Hannay and the story, passed down through my wife’s male Hannay ancestors, is that she is directly descended from that Alexander Hannay.
We haven’t, however, been able to find documentary proof of the link beyond 1704 when an Andrew Hannay of Old Luce, born around 1707, married in 1732 a Grizel Martin, born 1707, also of Old Luce.
The Tower has been partially restored, but the guardians of listed buildings and heritage insist that no further work can be permitted until sufficient extra funding is in place to complete the entire project.
When we visited the Tower we were lucky enough to meet the lady who seems to be the curator of the site including the gardens. She unlocked the Tower and gave us a guided tour. She can trace her Hannay descent, with evidence, right back to the 12th century – so she is probably a cousin of my wife, who noticed facial similarities between herself, her brother, her uncle and our guide.
We agreed with the lady that the restoration is really worthwhile and we hoped that the worldwide Clan Hannay succeed with their fundraising.
High on the wall above the door you can see the Hannay coat of arms.
As you would imagine, my featured image today is another photograph of Sorbie Tower from a slightly different perspective.
EXIF data were: 1/250 secs @ f/4.5 and 26.6 mm. The ISO was 160.