A clan is a Scottish Highland kinship group, or family
If you’re a Ewing yourself, or if you feel kinship with Ewings, welcome to your clan website.
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 may have lived at Cnoc Mhic Eoghainn (now Balimore, Argyll) near Otter Ferry in the late 1200s. As his clan, we are all in a sense his children.
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.
Clan Ewing’s unique heraldic tradition distinguishes it from other clans. 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.
One of the few early references to tartan is in a Ewing testament of 1609. Among the possessions listed in this testament was a plaid of ‘red and black coloured cloth.’ This precious reference to an early Ewing tartan forms the basis for our new Ewing Tartan.