Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw

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Sir Crispin Hamlyn Agnew of Lochnaw, 11th Baronet, QC (born 13 May 1944) is a Scottish nobleman, advocate, herald and former explorer. He is the chief of the ancient Agnew family, and the eleventh holder of the Agnew baronetcy, created in 1629.

Agnew is the only son of Sir Fulque Agnew and his wife Swanzie Erskine, latterly Professor of Geography at the University of Malawi. He succeeded his father 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 in 1980,[1] Everest in 1976,[2] Nuptse Himal in 1975,[3] Northern Patagonian Ice Field in 1973,[4] Elephant Island in 1970,[5] and Greenland in 1968 [6] and 1966.[7] 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.[8] He is ranked by Chambers UK 2018 as a "Star Individual" in Agriculture and Rural Affairs and "Band 1" in Planning and Environment.[9] He specialises in rural property, planning & environmental, and public law. He is the author of legal textbooks on agriculture, crofting, 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 until 2012.

His heraldic career began in 1978 when he was appointed Slains Pursuivant by Merlin, Earl of Eroll. In 1981, he was appointed Unicorn Pursuivant at the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh. In 1986, he was promoted to Rothesay Herald, a position he currently holds.[10]

In 1980 he married Susan Rachel Strang Steel, a careers adviser and formerly a journalist and broadcaster, the daughter of Jock Wykeham Strang Steel[11] and Lesley Graham.[12] Agnew and his wife have a son and three daughters: Mark, Isabel, Emma and Roseanna. Mark Agnew is the Younger of Lochnaw, and the heir to the chiefship and baronetcy.


Coat of arms of Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw
Arms of Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw.svg
This coat of arms with the chevron first appears on the seal of Quentin Agnew of Lochnaw c 1487, previous versions having been recorded featuring three hands in the Hague Armorial Roll (c 1590) and Sir George Mackenzie’s “Science of Herauldry” (1680).
Above the shield, from which is pendent by an orange-tawny riband the Badge of a Baronet of Nova Scotia, is placed a Chapeau Azure furred Ermine, and thereon an Helm befitting his degree with a Mantling Gules doubled Argent, and on a Wreath of the Liveries is set for Crest an eagle issuant and reguardant Proper
Argent, a chevron between two cinquefoils in chief Gules and a saltire couped in base Azure.[13]
Two heraldic tygers Proper, collared and chained Or


  1. ^ Soldiers on Api, Alpine Journal
  2. ^ Soldiers on Everest by Fleming and Faux, London HMSO 1977
  3. ^ Nuptse 1975 Alpine Journal
  4. ^ The Joint Services Chilean Patagonia Expedition 1972-73, The Geographical Journal Vol. 140, No. 2 (Jun., 1974), pp. 262-268 -
  5. ^ Joint Services Expedition to Elephant Island by M Burley Geographical HJournal 1972
  6. ^ Notes Army East Greenland Expedition 1968
  7. ^ Royal Navy East Greenland Expedition 1966 by MB Thomas and Dr R Wallis Alpine Journal
  8. ^ "Westwater Advocates Stable". Westwater Advocates. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
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  10. ^ Rosie, George (10 December 2000). "All the Queen's men". Sunday Herald. Scottish Media Group. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  11. ^ Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage 2011 - Steel of Philiphaugh Baronet
  12. ^ Daughter of Sir Reginald Graham Bt VC
  13. ^ "Rothesay". Retrieved 20 November 2018.

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