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Baron William James Ewing, Sr.

Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: February 18, 1717 (91)
Ulster, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of William James Ewing, Sr. and Ester Ewing
Husband of Elizabeth (Eliza) Ewing; Esther Ewing and Agnes Ewing
Father of John Ewing, of Carnashannagh; Robert Ewing, of Scotland; Captain Charles Findley Ewing; James Ewing, Sr.; James Ewing and 8 others
Half brother of William Ewing

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About Baron William James Ewing, Sr.

All Ewing genealogy preceding 1750 is conjectural. William Ewing was reported to be half-brother of Nathaniel Ewing.

The Ewings are of Scottish descent, originally from the West of Scotland, near Glasgow. They were located on the River Forth, near Stirling Castle, in the vicinity of Loch Lomond. Their religion was Presbyterian. The reproduction of the coat of arms, above, was recognized by the Hon. Thomas Ewing family as coming from Scottish ancestors. Near the lower middle of the drawing is "Mask Ewing," short for Maskell Ewing.

During the mid-1600's, there was great religious persecution of the Protestants in Scotland. According to the tradition of the Ewing clan, the Ewings of America trace their origin to six stalwart brothers of a Highland clan, who, with their chieftain, engaged in insurrection in 1685, in which they were defeated, their chieftain captured and executed and themselves outlawed. It is told that our Ewing ancestors first went from their seat on the River Forth to the Isle of Bute, in Scotland, and then settled at or near Coleraine, County Londonderry, of Ulster, in Northern Ireland. On July 12, 1690, members of the Ewing Clan took part in the Battle of the Boyne, fought on the river of that name in Eastern Ireland. In this battle, King James II was opposed by William of Orange who was fighting for the Irish Protestants. The result of this battle was the complete overthrow of James, thus forcing his abdication of the throne and establishing the rule of William and Mary. The anniversary of this battle is still celebrated by the Orangemen, or Irish Protestants.

Who were these six stalwart Ewing brothers? Much research still needs to be done but at this point in time, the brothers might have included: John Ewing of Carnshanagh; Robert Ewing, father of Alexander; Findley (Finley) Ewing, father of Thomas; James Ewing of Inch Island; William Ewing, father of Nathaniel; and possibly an Alexander Ewing


William Ewing (b. Abt. 1630) born in Scotland,

Children of William Ewing are:

1. James Ewing, b. Bet. 1650 - 1665, in Scotland or Ireland.

2. Robert Ewing, b. 1654.

2. William Ewing, b. Bet. 1665 - 1670.


ANOTHER (LONGER) LIST OF HIS CHILDREN said to be born in Scotland:

William Ewing (b. Abt. 1625, d. Bet. Feb 1717 - 1718) He died Bet. Feb 1717 - 1718 in Ulster,(Londonderry-Derry Cathedral Register) Ireland.

He married Elizabeth (Eliza) Milford on Abt. 1642 in Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

Children of William Ewing and Elizabeth (Eliza) Milford are:

1. John Ewing, b. Abt. 1648, Carnshanagh, Parish of Fahan City, Northern Ireland, d. 23 Sep 1745, Stevens City, Frederick City, VA.

2. Findley (Captain) Ewing, b. Abt. 1652, Dumbarton, Scotland

3. Robert Ewing, b. 1654

4. James Ewing, b. 1658 in Scotland

5. Margaret Milford Ewing, b. 1660

6. Alexander Ewing, b. 1662.

7. William Ewing II, b. 1665


William was born on the lands of Tillichewan Castle, two miles from Loch Lomond and ten miles from Glasgow. The old castle yet stands, it is said, and is on the estate of the present distinguished Orr-Ewing house, lineal descendants of the ancient Loch Lomond family, within the larger jurisdiction of Stirling Castle.

However, the Ewing clan who came to America is not a noble line.

British Barons were extremely well-documented over the centuries, and there is no record found of a baron Ewing ancestor for the American or Scots-Irish Ewings. The first Ewing name ever registered for arms with the Court of Lyon was was not until 1869. The only known Ewing peerage member was the short line of Alexander of Balloch (b. 1630) which occurred after the Ewing family had moved to Ireland. The first Ewing ownership of an estate, Bernice in Argyll, was a matter of public record in 1704, again this occurred after the Ewing line had moved to Ireland, and then to America.

The Ewings who moved to Ireland were Covenanter Presbyterians.

There was an irreconcilable quarrel between the Presbyterians and the Catholics during the era in which the Ewings left Scotland for Ireland with the opportunity to set-up or work plantations and participate in other opportunities for prosperous works.

The Scots Protestants (Covenanters) were sent to Uster by the British, to set-up plantations in relatively unpopulated ares, toward the purpose of England claiming Ireland as its own by developing and settling it with Protestant peoples. The Scots were deemed best able to successfully populate Northern Ireland with Protestants. The Scots Protestants were successful and enterprising, but the Irish Catholics resented the invasion of Protestants. (They still do, to this very day.) However, over time, Northern Ireland became mostly Protestant from settlement by Scots-Irish (Scots living in Ireland) from Scotland. While the south of Ireland remained Irish Catholic.

It appears that the Ewing clan originated in the Glasgow area, perhaps in the jurisdiction of Stirling Castle, which was the seat of power for the Catholic Stewart dynasty of Scottish kings.

The Ewings who traveled to Ireland, and then America; were Protestant Presbyterian Covenanters, who did not support the Catholic royal Stewart crown.

At first, when Henry VIII proclaimed England as Protestant, the Catholics and monasteries were stripped of all property, which spawned the wars of the Reformation followed by the English Civil war. The people then went to war against the crown, executing Catholic Charles I. Then the crown was restored back to the Catholics. The Ewings were motivated to travel to Ireland and then America for economic opportunity and because they had supported the Protestants against the Catholic Crown during this period of turmoil. Eventually, long after the Ewings had left Scotland, Catholic Bonnie Prince Charlie (Stuart) was defeated at the Battle of Culloden; and 50 years later the United Kingdom became peacefully Protestant when Catholicism was outlawed.

According to one family story, William Ewing "fought at the siege of Londonderry, Ireland, 1689."


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Baron William James Ewing, Sr.'s Timeline

July 1, 1625
Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 22
Fahan, County Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland
Age 24
Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 24
Stirling Castle, Scotland
Age 32
Age 34
Age 36
Age 39
Londonderry, Derry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Age 39
Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom