Albany Herald is first mentioned as being on a diplomatic mission to England in 1401. The office was instituted following the creation of Robert Stewart as Duke of Albany by his father, King Robert III, in 1398. The badge was designed by Sir Thomas Innes of Learney.
Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bart. LVO QC
Armorial Bearings of Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bart LVO QC
Chief of the Name and Arms of Agnew
Albany Herald Extraordinary
Argent, a chevron between two cinquefoils in chief Gules and a saltire couped in base Azure. 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, and in an Escrol over the same this Motto: “CONSILIO NON IMPETU”. On a Compartment below the Shield are set for Supporters two heraldic tygers Proper, collared and chained Or. 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).
Sir Crispin Agnew was appointed Albany Herald Extraordinary in 2021, having been Rothesay Herald since 1986, and previously Unicorn Pursuivant from 1981. He is the Chief of Clan Agnew and the eleventh holder of the baronetcy of Agnew of Lochnaw in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia. Sir Crispin was an advocate, specialising in rural property, environmental and public law. He was called to the bar in 1982, took silk in 1995 and went non-practising in 2020. His particular interest in succession to arms has involved him in many complex peerage cases over the last thirty years. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Dundee. Sir Crispin was created a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in the Birthday Honours 2021.
Albany Heralds since 1452
1452 William Bailly1516 William Brown of Balmangan1546 William Brown1558 John Balfour1565 Alexander Oliphant1604 Thomas Oliphant1608 George Kirkwood1613 Robert Windram1637 Gideon Weir1661 James Lockhart1677 George Ogilvie1694 James Barr1723 Robert Leslie1726 Sir John Erskine of Cambo, Bart. 1754 Humphrey Harrison1766 John Man
1768 John Douglas1795 James Mitchell1827 John Young1837 David Littlejohn1859 James Sinclair1883 John Spence of Brunstane1885 Robert Spence Livingstone1909 William Rae Macdonald1923 Sir George Sitwell Campbell-Swinton1927 Sir Thomas Wolseley Haig1935 Thomas Innes of Learney1945 Sir Francis James Grant1953 Major Charles Ian Fraser of Reilig1961 Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, Bart.1985 John Alexander Spens2021 Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bart., LVO, QC [Extraordinary]