Sorbie Tower


The tower is 5 minutes away from the site by car and a pleasant half hour walk. I find the castle really interesting and the Hannay Clan are now spread all over the world and the plaque even shows people from my own home town of Liverpool.

I like on a nice day to stroll to the tower with the dogs and take a drink and a book and sit and read my book in this peaceful surroundings. You may meet one of the clan who look after the site whilst there, I met Wendy last time I went and she was really interesting telling me all about the tower and the history of the Clan

On the way to Sorbie Tower you pass Sorbie Church which is also I think an interesting historic building built in 1876 and is worth a visit. The old church ruins can still be visited in Sorbie.

Look out for the Buzzards that may be sat on a fence you pass

Here is some information I have found on the Internet that you may find interesting Sorbie Tower is a late 16th century tower house hidden in a wooded area just off the B7052 between Garlieston and Sorbie village. Close beside the path to the Tower is an intriguing mound known as Sorbie Motte, which may have been an 12th century Pictish fort erected by the Vipont family. The name itself tells you a lot about the location; 'Sorbie' or 'Sourby' means a house amid swamps, and the marshy ground probably acted as an extra layer of defense

Sorbie Tower was built at the centre of Hannay lands of Sorbie. Not only the home of Alexander Hannay and his family, but his retainers and servants too, the tower was surrounded by stores, stables. byres and cottages. Sortie Tower was then a hub of activity and life, away of life that died with its last resident in 1748.

Alexander Hannay, who built the tower was a quarrelsome man with many enemies. Violent feuds with his neighbors’ the Murrays, the Stewarts the Dunbars and Kennedys bought strife to his family and tenants. When barns were fired and crops stolen, his men had to be assembled to give chase to the raiders.

Sorbie and its small parish of sixteen square miles lie about five miles south of Wigtown, the village with its ruined kirk being on the main road to Whithorn and the byroad to Garlieston. It is gentle rolling farm land once widely known for its black Galloway cattle, from the shore inland to Dowalton Loch, but Sorbie was famed in the early 1800s for its damask, reckoned the best woven cloth in Scotland, and more recently renowned for its Clydesdale horses. The old church served the united former parishes of Cruggleton, Kirkmadrine and Sorbie, but in 1876 a new church was built near Garlieston.

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