AGNATES. In the sense of the Roman law were those whose propinquity was
connected by males only; in the relation of cognates, one or more females
2. By the Scotch law, agnates are all those who are related by the father, even though females intervene; cognates are those who are related by the mother. Ersk. L. Scot. B. 1, t. 7, s. 4.