Sorley was a Baillie of the City of Glasgow.
Sorley was admitted in 1886 as an original lay member of Glasgow Art Club, and was elected Vice-President in 1893. He was among those Glasgow painters and architects who in 1891 appended their names to a list requesting that the Corporation of Glasgow buy JW's Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) (#12326).
He lived at 1 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, and later at 'The Firs', Partick Hill, Glasgow.
BBell, Peter, Who was Who in Edwardian Scotland, Edinburgh, 1986; Records of Glasgow Art Club.