Patrick Agnew
of Kilwaughter, co. Antrim, Ireland.

Date of birth: Unknown.
Place of birth: Unknown.

Date of death: Unknown.
Place of death: Unknown.
As discussed below, the head of the family of Agnew of Kilwaughter appears to have been named Patrick from the late 1650's until 1724, but it is hard to distinguish how many men this included. The will of a Patrick Agnew of Kilwaughter was proved in 1686, but he may have been the predecessor (father?) of the present Patrick Agnew.

Father: Unknown.
Mother: Unknown.

Spouse(s): Unknown.

A letter of Mrs. Major Rowan, a great-granddaughter of the minister William Ogilvie, stated that he married Jane, daughter of Patrick Agnew, Esq., of Kilwaughter House [Cong. Mem., 21; also in BLGI9, 175]. A codicil of the the will of Patrick Agnew of Kilwaughter, dated 4 July 1724, gave a legacy to his sister Jean Agnew alias Ogilvie [see the page of the younger Patrick Agnew].

Patrick Agnew, of Kilwaughter, d. December 1724;
Martha Houston, living 1 July 1724.

Jane Agnew;
m. William Ogilvie, d. 1712, minister of Larne and Kilwaughter, 1699-1712.

The Agnews of Kilwaughter

Although a number of notices can be found of the Agnews of Kilwaughter in the seventeenth century, it is only at the beginning of the eighteenth century that the genealogy of the family becomes more clear. The Agnews of Kilwaughter appear to have been a cadet line of the Agnews of Lochnaw, hereditary sheriffs of Galloway, but the line of descent is far from clear. In the seventeenth century, two Patrick Agnews, father and son, appear in Ballykeill in the parish of Kilwaughter. A lease executed in 1636 states that by an instrument dated 20 July 1622, Sir Patrick Agnew, knight, sheriff of Galloway, gave to Patrick Agnew the Quarter land called Ballykeill, but that the said Patrick Agnew of Ballykeill was lately deceased, and his son Patrick was now in actual possession, which was confirmed by the said Sir Patrick Agnew and his son Andrew Agnew [Agnew (1893), 2: 44, quoting deed from Lochnaw Charter Chest]. In 1637 "John Agneave of Kilwaughter, gent" was obliged to pay a fine for the two quarterlands of Kilwaughter [McDonnell (1993), 40-1, citing receipt for fine]. Captain John Agnew of Kilwaughter is said to have married Eleanor Shaw, daughter of Mr. Shaw of Ballygally [Agnew (1893), 45; Porter (1901), 69; neither states a source]. In 1653, Cromwell issued an order "for the removal of all popular Scots out of Ulster." [Agnew (1893), 2: 51; McDonnell (1993), 39] Included among those who were to be transported from Ulster to Munster were Captain John Agnew, Patrick Agnew, William Agnew, and Francis Agnew, but the idea was abandoned before it was carried out [Agnew (1893), 2: 52]. On 30 November 1654, commissioners inquiring into the possessions of Sir Andrew Agnew took the deposition of Captain John Agnew of the barony of Glenarm, aged about 68 years, who stated that he "did receive the rents of the said lands for the use of the said Sir Patrick Agnew; and did pay what was due thereout to the said Earl of Antrim for about thirty years before the Rebellion." [Agnew (1893), 2: 57-8, quoting deposition] In a deed dated 21 May 1659, Sir Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw, knight, devised unto Patrick Agnew of Balikell, gentleman, the lands of Lelies, Drummidonachie, Drummichow, and Beliaderdawne (all in the parish of Kilwaughter) [Agnew (1893), 2: 60, quoting from deed]. McDonnell states that this Patrick Agnew was a son of John Agnew, but does not state a source. In 1675, Sir Andrew Agnew visited his Irish estates, and signed a lease of Kilwaughter to Patrick Agnew of Balikell [Agnew (1893), 2: 120, quoting from lease]. In the 1680's two wills from the diocese of Connor were probated in which the testators were Agnews of Kilwaughter, namely Capt. Francis Agnew of Kilwaughter in 1681 and Patrick Agnew of Kilwaughter in 1686 [Connor will index, FHL film #100,913]. These wills are apparently lost, but we can estimate death dates from these dates of probate. A Patrick Agnew of Kilwaughter was among those attainted by the Irish Parliament of king James II in 1689 [Cong. Mem., 16, source not stated]. On 3 June 1704, Sir James Agnew of Lochnaw wrote a letter to Mr. Agnew of Kilwaughter, in which he called him "your most affectionate cousin and humble servant." [Agnew (1893), 2: 204, quoting letter] That this Mr. Agnew was also named Patrick is proven from the reply to the letter, dated 17 August 1704 at Kilwaughter, which was signed by Patrick Agnew [ibid., 205-6, quoting letter]. This appears to confirm that the Agnews of Kilwaughter were a cadet line of the Agnews of Lochnaw. Between the 1650's and 1724, the head of the Agnew family in Kilwaughter seems to have been named Patrick. The obvious question is how many Patrick Agnews this concerns. One Patrick Agnew died about 1686, but was that the father of the Patrick Agnew who died in 1724, or someone from an earlier generation? Either scenario is possible, and more details are needed to be sure.

Reference abbreviations

Agnew (1893) = Sir Andrew Agnew, Bart. of Lochnaw, The Hereditary Sheriffs of Galloway (2 vols., Edinburgh, 1893).

BLGI9 = Sir Bernard Burke, A Genealogical and Heralic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland (9th ed., London, 1899).

Cong. Mem. = Rev. Classon Porter, Congregational Memoirs (Larne, 1929).

McDonnell (1993) = Hector McDonnell, "Agnews and O'Gnímhs", The Glynns 21 (1993): 13-53.

Porter (1901) = Classon Porter, "Ballygally Castle", Ulster Journal of Archæology 7 (1901): 65-77.

Compiled by Stewart Baldwin

First uploaded 31 May 2011.