- Crest: An eagle issuant and reguardant Proper
- Gaelic Name: MacGniomh
- Motto: Consilio non impetu (By wisdom not by force)
- Origin of Tartan: 01/01/1976
- Name Variations:
- Lands Dumfries and Galloway
- Seat: Lochnaw Castle (16th Century tower house five miles from the town of Stranraer, in Leswalt, Rhinns, Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway.)
- Clan Chief: Major Sir Crispin Hamlyn Agnew of Lochnaw, 11th Baronet QC (Born 13 May 1944)
Origins of the name
"The name Agnew is said to be of French origin from the Barony d'Agneaux, Normandy although this has been recently disputed because the English would not translate directly to Agnew. Instead it has been claimed that the Agnews were one of the original Ulster tribes of the same stock as Somerled. Certainly many Agnews are to found in Ireland but in the 12th century it is recorded that Sir John de Courcy the conqueror of the province of Ulster was accompanied by Agneau, an Anglo-Norman knight who acquired extensive lands in Antrim. Hence it would seem that some Agnews came from Normandy to England, then to Ireland and back to Scotland. The first on record was in 1190 when William des Aigneu winessed a charter between Ranulf de Soulis and Jedburgh Abbey. In 1363 the Agnews of Lochnaw were appointed hereditary sheriffs of Galloway by David II and became to be great land owners in the province under the Douglases. In 1426 Andrew Agnew was appointed Constable of Lochnaw Castle. Patrick Agnew, his great grandson lived during the reigns of Queen Mary and James VI. Sir Patrick was 7th Sheriff of Wigton and was created a baronet of Nova Scotia by Charles I. His descendant, Sir Andrew Agnew was the famous Lieutenant who defended Blair Castle, the seat of the Duke of Atholl. A branch of the family went to Ulster and obtained the lands of Larne and the Castle of Kilwaughter from James VI. Many Agnews went back to Ireland at the time of the Plantations around 1600 and thus there are some of the Agnews who are both ardent Catholics and Protestants. The present chief of the name and family of Agnew is Major Sir Crispin Hamlyn Agnew of Lochnaw, 11th Baronet who is the appointed Rothesay Herald at the Court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms. Lochnaw Castle the 15th century family keep near Stranraer was bought by an Australian Miss Del Agnew in the 1950's and is now run for the trust. She descends from Sir James Wilson Agnew who went to Tasmania about 1840 and later became the President.
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