Clan Agnew Tartan

Written by Chris Thornton | 13th of February 2024
Clan Agnew Tartan

The Agnew family, with Norman roots, derived their name from the Baronie d’Agneaux in northwest France. Their presence in Scotland was first recorded in Liddesdale around the year 1190. By 1426, Sir Andrew Agnew had assumed the role of Constable of Lochnaw Castle, and by 1451, he secured the position of Hereditary Sheriff of Wigtown. In 1625, Sir Patrick Agnew, the 8th Sheriff and a Scottish Parliamentarian, was honoured with the title of Baronet of Nova Scotia.

The Agnews were staunch allies of the Stewart royal family. Tragically, Patrick Agnew, the 4th of Lochnaw, succumbed to injuries sustained at the Battle of Flodden in 1513. His successor, Andrew, the 5th of Lochnaw, met his end at the Battle of Pinkie in 1547. Later, Sir Andrew, the 5th Baronet, led the 21st Foot (which would become the Royal Scots Fusiliers) in a battle against the French at Dettingen in 1743, and during the Jacobite Uprising of 1745, he defended Blair Castle, the Duke of Atholl's residence, for the Hanoverian cause.

The Agnew lineage also extended to Ulster, where James VI awarded them land near Larne. The family's Kilwaughter Castle, now in ruins, marks this branch's legacy. Today, descendants of this line can be found in the USA and Australia, continuing the Agnew name far from its Scottish origins.

Motto: "By wisdom not by force" ("Consilio non impetu")
Crest: An eagle issuing, regardant proper


Ancestral locations of interest:

Castlewigg, located a short journey from Whithorn, is a site steeped in history. This land and barony, secured by Andrew, the 5th Sheriff of Wigtownshire in the mid-16th century, now hosts only ruins. These remnants lie near a modern caravan park, marking a bridge between past and present.

Cruggleton Castle, nestled in Garlieston, was once celebrated as one of Scotland's most formidable strongholds. The Agnews of Lochnaw took control of this castle in the 17th century, leaving behind a legacy etched into its now crumbling walls.

Dalreagle Farm has its own tales, once serving as a residence under the Agnew name. Its history contributes another layer to the rich tapestry of the family's past.

Innermessan Castle, with its foundations dating back to the 12th century, served as the ancestral seat of the Agnew chiefs. This piece of heritage changed hands in the early 18th century, adding to the mosaic of Scottish history.

Lochnaw Castle, positioned in Stranraer, whispers stories from its 13th-century origins. Surrounded by the tranquil waters of a loch, it contrasts with the later Lochnaw Castle from the 15th century, which today welcomes guests as a guest house.

Lochryan House, also in Stranraer, was constructed for Captain James Agnew and later became part of the Wallace family heritage through marriage, showcasing the interconnected histories of Scottish families.

Old Leswalt Kirkyard is the final resting place for members of the Agnew lineage, housing the Agnew Mausoleum and a memorial tower dedicated to Sir Andrew Agnew, the 7th Baronet.

The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh pays homage to this storied family with a striking portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, the wife of Sir Andrew Agnew, the 9th Baronet, immortalized by John Singer Sargent. This artwork serves as a reminder of the Agnew family's enduring influence and contribution to Scotland's cultural landscape.

All information was correct at the time of writing, please check things like entry costs and opening times before you arrive.

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