Vans-Agnew of Barnbarroch
VANS-AGNEW, ROBERT, Esq. of Barnbarroch and Sheuchan, co. Wigton, J.P. and D.L., b. 4 March, 1817; m. 22 April, 1852, Mary-Elizabeth, 2nd dau. of Sir David Hunter Blair, Bart, of Blairquhan, co. Ayr, and has issue,
I. PATRICK-ALEXANDER, b. 20 Oct. 1856.
II. James-David, b. 4, April, 1858.
III. A son, b. 23 Aug. 1859.
Lineage.-The family of VANS or VAUS claims to he a branch of the great house of VAUX, so celebrated in every part of Europe. (See BURKE'S Extinct and Dormant Peerage.) A younger branch of the Dirleton line of the family was that of Barnbarroch, derived from ROBERT VANS, who acquired from the Earl of Douglas a charter of the lands of Barnburroch, in 1451. This
ROBERT VANS, who was eldest son of John Vans, ambassador to England from King JAMES II., in 1437, left issue, BLAIZE, his heir; Thomas, ambassador to England, in 1457, dean of Glasgow, secretary to the king, and keeper of the Privy Seal; George, Bishop of Galloway, and Patrick, Prior of Whitehorne. The eldest son,
BLAIZE VANS, of Barnharroch, m. Elizabeth, dau. and heiress of Sir John Shaw, of Haillie, and widow of Sir John Stewart, of Garlies, by whom he had a son, PATRICK VANS, of Barnbarroch, who m. Margaret, dau. of Gilbert, 2nd Lord Kennedy, and great-granddau. of King ROBERT III., and left at his decease, in 1528, a son and successor, SIR JOHN VANS, of Barnbarroch, slain at Pinkie, whose son, SIR PATRICK VANS, of Barnbarroch, ambassador to Denmark, was father of SIR JOHN VANS, of Barnbarroch, who d. in 1642, and was s. by his son, PATRICK VANS, of Barnbarroch, who d. in 1673, leaving a son, JOHN VANS, Esq. of Barnharroch, who dissipated the greater portion of the family estates. His brother and heir, ALEXANDER VANS, Esq. of Barnbarroch, was father of
PATRICK VANS, Esq. of Barnbarroch, M.P. for Wigtonshire, who died suddenly in 1783, owing to the breaking out of a wound received at the battle of Almanza. He was s. by his son,
JOHN VANS, Esq. of Barnbarroch, who m. Margaret, only child and heiress of Robert Agnew, Esq. of Sheuchan, (of the Agnews of Lochnaw,) by Margaret, dau. of Patrick M'Dowall, of Freugh, and upon his marriage, under a mutual entail, assumed the additional surname and arms of AGNEW. He d. in 1780, and was s. by his son,
ROBERT VANS-AGNEW, Esq. of Burnbarroch and Shenchan, b. 24 April, 1755; who m. 24 Feb. 1777, Frances, dau. of John Dunlop, Esq. of that ilk, and had issue, Robert, capt. in the guards, d. 1804; JOHN, his heir; James, R.N., d. 1800; PATRICK, successor to his brother; Henry-Stewart, an advocate at the Scottish bar, d. 1855; Margaret; Frances-Georgiana, d. 1839; and Maria. Mr. Vans-Agnew d. in 1809, and was s. by his eldest son,
JOHN VANS-AGNEW, Esq. of Barnbarroch and Sheuchan, who d. unm. in 1825, and was s. by his next brother,
PATRICK VANS-AGNEW, Esq. of Barnbarroch and Sheuchan, lieut.-col. in the East India Company's service, Companion of the Bath, and one of the East India directors, b. 6 Jan. 1783 ; m. 7 Sept. 1813, Catherine, dau. of D. Fraser, Esq. of Inverness, and had issue, 1 ROBERT, his heir; 2 Patrick-Alexander, b. 21 April, 1822, H.E.I.C.C.S., killed at Moultan, 20 April, 1848; 3 William, d. 1833 ; 4 John, b. 1824, m. 1852, Frances, dau. of Col. Boycott Jenkins, and has issue, Charles-Edward, John, and Mary; 5 James, b. 1828; 6 George, b. 1831; 1 Frances; 2 Mary, m, 1844, to Col. Edmund Jeffreys. C.B.; 3 Elizabeth; and 4 Catherine. Col. Vans-Agnew d. 17 May, 1842.
Arms-Quarterly: 1st and 4th, arg., a bend. gu. ; 2nd and 3rd, arg., a chevron, between, in chief, two cinquefoils, gu., with a cross-crosslet, fitch�e, sa., in centre and in base, a saltier, couped.
Crests-lst, a lion, rampant, holding scales in the dexter paw; 2nd, an eagle, issuant and regardant, ppr.
Supporters-Two savages, with clubs in their hands, and wreathed about the middle with laurel.
Mottoes-Be faithful-for VANS. Consilio, non impetu-for AGNEW.
Seats-Barnbarroch, near Wigton; Park House, near Stanraer.
a.k.a. Burke's Landed Gentry, 1862