Crum-Ewing was born Humphrey Crum, the son of Alexander Crum of Thornliebank, Renfrewshire and his wife Jane Maclae, daughter of Walter Ewing Maclae of Cathkin. He was educated at Glasgow College. In 1853, he assumed the name of Ewing in accordance with the will of his uncle James Ewing of Strathleven. He was the owner of properties in the West Indies, chairman of the West Indian Association of Glasgow and a director of the Colonial Company of London. He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Dumbartonshire and J.P. for Dumbartonshire, Argyllshire, Lanarkarkshire, and Renfrewshire.
Crum-Ewing stood unsuccessfully for Paisley in April 1857, but was elected Member of Parliament for Paisley in November 1857. He held the seat until 1874. He was Lord Lieutenant of Dumbartonshire from 23 February 1874 until his death in 1887 at the age of 84.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Humphrey Crum-Ewing
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1857 – 1874
Sir James Colquhoun, 4th Bt
|Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire
1874 – 1887
Sir James Colquhoun, 5th Bt
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