As you may know I am a Robbins.I connect to this Agnew line with my Grandmother.
The male Agnews are few in my close group.Captain James Agnew, Jr., b. 1711 is my 5threat Grandfather.Samuel Agnew, b. 1738, son of Captain James and Rebecca Scott, settled in the Due West, SC area near Abbeville, SC.He married Elizabeth Seawright, b. 1747 in Ireland.They had several children and their son, Samuel Agnew, b. 1783 is my three great grandfather.
Samuel Agnew, b. 1783 married Malinda Dodson, a descendant of John Dods who came on the Ship "The Susan Constant"to Jamestown, VA with Captain John Smith, April 1607.John Survived, most didn't.
Samuel and Malinda had several children and they were all born in the Due West-Abbeville, SC area.Their son, Joseph, b. Jan 1821 is my two Great Grandfather.
Joseph married Mary Jane Barmore and they had several children.Their son, Larkin Agnew, b. Dec 1851 Married Frances (Fannie) McMorris Bonds and they are the parents of my Grandmother, Kittie Mae Agnew who married Rod Robbins of New Albany, MS.Several of the Agnews left South Carolina in 1853 and moved to North Mississippi.
At least one of the Agnew cousins stayed at Lochnaw Castle while it was owned by the trust created by Ms Del Agnew.
The fact that this family of Agnews were of the Lochnaw family was handed down through the family for many years through those descendants of Samuel Agnew, b. 1738, Son of Captain James, Jr. who moved to South Carolina sometime after his father died in 1770.This created an interest in Lochnaw Castle in the Agnew family of Dr Enoch Agnew a son of Samuel Agnew, b. 1783.Dr Enoch was a brother of Joseph, my two Great Grandfather.Descendants of Dr Enoch Agnew are the ones who have stayed in the Castle.
I do believe that a very important piece in the puzzle is the fact that the Lochnaw Crest with a Crown over it in place of the Eagle and the heart of Bruce inserted into the Crest is engraved into the Gravestone of Captain James Agnew in that cemetery where he was laid to rest.
I believe that Chalmers noted the fact that the First Sheriff married a daughter of Sir James Kennedy and Lady Mary Stewart.I wish that I could get a copy of his book "Caledonia".If this is true then the material would predate Sir Andrew Agnew's Book about the Hereditary Sheriffs.The book is beyond my budget right now.Of course Sir Andrew notes it in both the 1863 edition and the 1892 edition.
Have you noted that the Royal connection was in the descendants of Quentin Agnew, of Lochnaw, 3rd Hereditary Sheriff and Mariota Vaux?This would be true even if the marriage of the first Sheriff and Mary Kennedy didn't take place.