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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.
sometimes 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 arms.
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.
One of the few historical references to tartan is in the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.
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 origins.
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.
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