Sir Crispin Agnew, 11th Baronet

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Major Sir Crispin Hamlyn Agnew of Lochnaw, 11th Baronet QC (Born 13 May 1944) is an Advocate, officer of arms, former explorer and Chief of the Name and Arms of Agnew. The eleventh holder of a 1629 title in the baronetcy of Nova Scotia.

He is the only son of Sir Fulque Agnew, 10th Baronet and his wife Swanzie Erskine, latterly Professor of Geography at the University of Malawi. He succeeded his father in the baronetcy in 1975.

He was educated at Uppingham School and RMA Sandhurst, before being commissioned into the Royal Highland Fusiliers in 1964. He served in Germany, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and the UK. As an active climber and mountaineer and member of the Alpine Club he was involved with the army's policy of developing adventurous training for soldiers of all ranks. He took part in or led a number of expeditions, including expeditions to Api Himal 1980, Everest 1976, Nuptse Himal 1975, The Northern Ice-cap, Chilean Patagonia 1972/3, Elephant Island, Antarctica 1970/71 and Greenland 1968 & 1966. He retired as a major in 1981.

Agnew is a Queen's Counsel in practice at the Scottish Bar and is a member of Westwater Advocates.[1] He is ranked by Chambers UK 2012 as a "Star Individual". He specialises in Rural Property, Environmental and Public law. He is the author of legal text books on Agricultural Law, Crofting Law, Discharge and Variation of Land Obligations and Liquor Licensing. He serves as a part-time Judge of the Upper Tribunal and was part-time Legal Chairman of the Pension Appeal Tribunal (2002 - 2012).

His heraldic career began in 1978 when he was appointed Slains Pursuivant of Arms to the Chief of the Name and Arms of Hay, the Earl of Erroll, Lord High Constable of Scotland. In 1981, he was appointed Unicorn Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary at the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh. In 1986, he was appointed Rothesay Herald of Arms in Ordinary and he currently holds this position.[2]

He married Susan Rachel Strang Steel PG Dip, a Careers Adviser and formerly a journalist and broadcaster, daughter of Jock and Lesley Strang Steel - see Steel of Philiphaugh Baronets. He and his wife Susan have three daughters, Isabel Agnew BSc (Hons), BVSc, MRCVS, Emma Agnew BSc (Hons), Roseanna Agnew BSc (Hons), MSc and a son, Mark Douglas Noel Agnew, younger of Lochnaw BA (Hons) who is heir to the chiefship of the Agnews and the baronetcy.


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  2. ^ Rosie, George (10 December 2000). "All the Queen's men". Sunday Herald (Scottish Media Group). Retrieved 27 January 2010. 

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