The heraldic traditions of Clan Ewing
go back at least to 1566, when the first Ewing Coat of
Arms is recorded in the Workman Armorial. In the same
year, one William Ewin (sic.) was summoned to
attend the court of Mary Queen of Scots.
A particularly interesting feature of
the shield is the flag which sits atop the chevron. In
heraldic language, the chevron is said to be 'ensigned' -
a mark of special favour granted by the sovereign. The
Ewing arms are ensigned with the Ensign of Scotland,
possibly denoting William Ewing's appointment as Bearer of
the Ensign of Scotland. It is said that one of Queen
Mary's standard bearers was a William Ewing. It seems very
likely that the ensignment of William's shield marks his
appointment as the queen's standard bearer, and shows the
flag he carried.
The earliest record of the Ewing
Shield is somewhat crudely sketched in the Workman
According to one account, almost
identical record of the arms was once to be seen in the
churchyard of Bonhill, Dumbartonshire, where it marked a
grave dated 1600. The arms recorded in the Workman
Armorial may reflect earlier Ewing shields which would not
have been ensigned, but all Ewing Coats of Arms today
include the ensignment.
As an armigerous clan, Clan Ewing has
no official crest, but all evidence indicates that the
traditional crest was the same as that used by the Ewings
of Craigtoun and Keppoch, which is shown below.
The crest badge of Ewing of Craigtoun
and Keppoch (above) is described as a demi-lion rampant
with a star in its dexter (or right) paw; Motto: