year 2016 marks the 450th anniversary of the first
recorded grant of arms in the Ewing name, and we are
looking forward to our first modern gathering on
Scottish soil, which will take place on Saturday 6th
August at Strathleven House, Vale Of Leven Industrial
Estate, Dumbarton, G82 3PD. Please
click here to find out more about the Clan
Ewing Gathering 2016
Clan Ewing was traditionally based
both in Dumbartonshire & Stirlingshire in the Lennox,
and also in Cowal in Argyll. The Gaelic word clann
means 'children,' and clanship is about family first and
foremost. Our clan takes its name from its founder Ewen of
Otter, who lived at Cnoc Mhic Eoghainn (now Balimore,
Argyll) near Otter Ferry in the 1300's. As his clan, we
are all in a sense his children.
overlooked in more recent times, Clan Ewing is a Highland
clan with a long history. Our genealogy recorded in
medieval manuscripts stretches back into the realms of
prehistory and legend, while our historical ancestors
forged a close alliance with Clan Campbell over several
generations. It is thought that the Ewings were appointed
by Mary Queen of Scots as Bearers of the Ensign of
Scotland, an achievement recorded on the Ewing coat of
Find out more about Ewing
History and Heraldry.
Through historical confusion, Ewings today have often
found themselves torn between two separate clans. Many of
us have found friendship and community among the clansfolk
of either Clan MacLachlan or Clan MacEwen, but neither of
these clans was ever our true home and neither has ever
been home to all the family. Lyon Court has always
considered the Ewings to be a unique kinship group with
all the hallmarks of a clan and, in 2014, Lord Lyon
granted our petition to be officially recognised as a clan
in our own right.
Find out more about the recent story of Ewings,
MacEwens and MacLachlans.
One of the few historical references to tartan is in the
Testament of John Ewing in Heiddykis of Kirkmichael, who
died in 1609. Among the possessions listed in his
testament was his plaid of 'red and black coloured cloth.'
This precious reference to an early Ewing tartan forms the
basis for our new Ewing Tartan.
Find out more about Clan
The Ewing Y-DNA Project is supported by the Ewing Family
Association. It has already gathered DNA information from
more than 70 Ewing men, shedding new light on our family
Find out more about the Ewing
This website was set up by John Thor Ewing, Commander of
Clan Ewing, as an informal association of Ewing clansfolk
and friends open to everyone with an interest in the clan.
You can join the online Clan Ewing community on Facebook.