Alexander Ewing

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The Right Reverend
Alexander Ewing
DD , LL.D. , D.C.L.
Bishop of Argyll and The Isles
Church Scottish Episcopal Church
Diocese Argyll and The Isles
In office 1847–1873
Predecessor Inaugural appointment
Successor George Mackarness
Other posts Incumbent of Lochgilphead (1847–1873) and Provost of Cumbrae (1853–1867)
Ordination 1838 (Deacon), 1841 (Priest)
Consecration 28 October 1847 (Bishop)
Personal details
Born 25 March 1814
Aberdeen, Scotland
Died 22 May 1873 (aged 59)
Westmill, near Buntingford, Hertfordshire, England
Nationality Scottish
Denomination Anglican
Parents John Ewing and Elspet Ewing (née Aitkin)
Spouse (1) Katherine Stewart
(2) Alice Douglas
Children Margaret, John, Alexander, Samuel, and Ludovic

Alexander Ewing (25 March 1814 – 22 May 1873) was a Scottish church leader.[1]

He was born of an old Highland family in Aberdeen, Scotland. In October 1838 he was admitted to deacon's orders, and after his return from Italy he took charge of the episcopal congregation at Forres, and was ordained a presbyter in the autumn of 1841. In 1847 he was consecrated bishop of the newly united Diocese of Argyll and The Isles, the duties of which position he discharged till his death. In 1851 he received the degree of D.C.L. from the University of Oxford.

Though hampered by poor health, he worked cheerfully, and his personal charm and Catholic sympathies gradually won him a prominent position. In theological discussion he was tolerant, and attached little importance to ecclesiastical authority and organization. His own theological position had close affinity with that of Thomas Erskine of Linlathen and Frederick Denison Maurice; but his opinions were independent. The trend of his teaching is only to be gathered from fragmentary publications—letters to the newspapers, pamphlets, special sermons, essays contributed to the series of Present Day Papers, of which he was the editor, and a volume of sermons entitled Revelation considered as Light.

Besides his strictly theological writings, Ewing was the author of the Cathedral or Abbey Church of Iona (1865), the first part of which contains drawings and descriptive letterpress of the ruins, and the second a history of the early Celtic church and the mission of St Columba.

Ewing's daughter Margaret Nina married Alexander Crum printer and MP in 1863.



  1. ^ Bertie, David M. (2000). Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. p. 251. ISBN 0-567-08746-8.