Alexander Robertson MacEwen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Alexander Robertson MacEwen
MacEwen 1.jpg
From the frontispiece portrait of his biography: Life and times of Alexander Robertson MacEwen, D.D
Born (1856-05-14)14 May 1856
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 26 November 1916(1916-11-26) (aged 60)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Pen name A. R. MacEwen
Occupation Writer, biographer, teacher, minister, professor, classicist
Nationality Scottish
Genre Non-fiction, biography, history, classics, theology
Spouse Margaret Jane Begg
Children two sons
MacEwen's grave, Dean Cemetery

Alexander R. MacEwen (1851–1916) was Scottish writer, minister, professor and Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland. He was born on 14 May 1856 at Edinburgh and was the son of Rev. Alexander MacEwen D.D., and Elisa Robertson. His childhood was spent in Helensburgh (1851–56) and he was then educated at Glasgow Academy (1856–66). He graduated M.A. at University of Glasgow in 1870, and was subsequently awarded B.D. (1879), and D.D. (1892). He attended Balliol College, Oxford (1870–74) and graduated M.A. in 1874. He spent a summer semester at University of Göttingen in 1877 and attended U.P. College, Edinburgh (1877–80). On 29 January 1885, he married Margaret Jane Begg of Moffat, and they had two sons. He travelled widely and visited Greece in 1883 and journeyed through Sinai and Palestine in 1892, writing many letters home about his experiences.[1]

He died in Edinburgh on 26 November 1916 and was buried with his wife, Margaret Jane, in an area remote from paths in the centre of Dean Cemetery. The grave is marked by a simple stone cross.


From his biography: Life and times of Alexander Robertson MacEwen, D.D

Official appointments[edit]

  • Chairman of Moffat School Board;
  • Member of Glasgow School Board;
  • Governor of Hutcheson's Schools;
  • Secretary of Christian Unity Association;
  • President of Scottish History Society;
  • director of other trusts and societies; educational, charitable, and religious




Sermons and lectures[edit]

  • The dangers of professional training: an address given to the Glasgow branch of the Educational Institute of Scotland on 16 November 1889. Glasgow : Robert Maclehose, 1889.
  • The distress of nations : a sermon preached in Claremont Church, 17 January 1892, on the occasion of the death of H.R.H. the Duke of Clarence and Avondale. Glasgow : James MacLehose & Sons, 1892.
  • A sermon on the death of the Right Hon. W.E. Gladstone: preached in Claremont Church on 22 May 1898. Glasgow : James MacLehose and Sons, 1898.
  • A sermon on union with the Free Church: preached in Claremont Church on 25 September 1898. Glasgow: James MacLehose and Sons, 1899.
  • The Province of Church History: introductory lecture delivered on 16 October 1901. Edinburgh: Macniven & Wallace, 1901.[4]
  • various articles and reviews



  1. ^ David S. Cairns, Life and times of Alexander Robertson MacEwen, D.D. p.xii & ch.VIII, pp. 126–162.
  2. ^ A Roll of the Graduates of the University of Glasgow, from 1727 to 1897
  3. ^ According to his entry in The Fasti of the United Free Church of Scotland. This may be a reference to Douglas College in New Westminster.
  4. ^ These published lectures are listed in Glasgow University library catalogue.