Roll of Honour


John Simpson Agnew

MA 1909

John Simpson Agnew was born on the 30 June 1888 in Penninghame, Wigtonshire. He was the son of John Agnew, a farmer, and Agnes Stewart Agnew. He was a student at Ewart High School in Newton Stewart before matriculating at the University of Glasgow in 1906, aged 18. He studied Latin, French, Logic, Moral Philosophy, Political Economy, Mathematics and English, and he graduated with an Arts degree on the 8 June 1909. He was awarded prizes – certificates of distinction – for Humanity and Church History.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

After graduating John became a clergyman and he married his wife Elizabeth Jane. In November 1914 he enlisted with the Scots Guards. He was wounded at Festubert. In October 1915 he was commissioned in the Highland Light Infantry and he joined the 1/5th Battalion in Egypt. He was badly wounded in Palestine in November 1917 and invalided at home. After his discharge he was involved in welfare work in Paisley and had just been accepted as the Minister of Yoker Parish Church when he was admitted to Paisley Infirmary. He died there on the 28 December 1920 of illness related to his wounds, aged 32. John Agnew is buried at Paisley (Hawkhead) Cemetery (H.527) and is listed on the Penninghame Parish Church Memorial and the Ewart High School Memorial.

Comments and Citations

R8/5/27/1, matriculation slip, 1906-1907

R8/5/28/1, matriculation slip, 1907-1908

DC183/11/43, General council Register, 1918

SEN10/49, University Calendar

SEN10/52, University Calendar

Commonwealth War Grav