Stair Agnew

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Stair Agnew's house at 22 Buckingham Terrace, Edinburgh
Stair Agnew's grave, Dean Cemetery

Sir Stair Agnew, KCB, FRSE (6 December 1831 – 12 July 1916) was a Scottish public official. He served as Registrar General for Scotland.


The fifth son of Sir Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw, 7th Baronet, he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 1855. He rowed in the Oxford and Cambridge boat race in 1854.[1]

He worked as an Advocate from 1860, and was Legal Secretary to the Lord Advocate from 1861–1866 and 1868–1870, Queen's Remembrancer for Scotland from 1870–1881, and Registrar-General for Scotland and Deputy Clerk Register from 1881–1909.

He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1885 and promoted to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1895, thereby receiving a knighthood.

In 1905 he is listed as living at 22 Buckingham Terrace, just west of Dean Bridge in Edinburgh.[2]

He is buried with his wife Georgina More Nisbett (1838-1916) who had died only a few weeks earlier. They lie together in Dean Cemetery in western Edinburgh. The grave is on the north wall of the north extension of the original cemetery, near the north-west corner.


  1. ^ "Agnew, Stair Andrew (AGNW851SA)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1905-6