Sir William Ewart, 1st Baronet

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Sir William Ewart, 1st Baronet

Sir William Ewart, 1st Baronet (22 November 1817 – 1 August 1889)[1] was an Irish linen manufacturer and Unionist politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1878 to 1889.

Ewart was the son of William Ewart of Sydenham Park County Down. He was educated at the Belfast Academy. He was a linen manufacturer and merchant and became president of the Irish Linen Trade Association. In 1859 he was mayor of Belfast and was also some time a member of the Belfast Local Marine Board. He was a magistrate for Antrim and Belfast.[2]

Ewart was Member of Parliament (MP) for Belfast from 1878 until the constituency was divided under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885,[3] and then for the Northern Division of Belfast until his death,[3] at which point Sir Edward Harland, Bt. was elected unopposed.[4] Ewart was created a baronet on 13 September 1887, of Glenmachan House, in the parish of Holywood in the County of Down and of Glenbank, in the parish of Belfast in the County of Antrim.[5][1]

Ewart married Isaella Kelso Mathewson daughter of Lavene Mathewson of Newtownstewart, County Tyrone.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Baronetage: E". Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages. Retrieved 31 March 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881
  3. ^ a b "The House of Common constituencies beginning with B, part 2". Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages. Retrieved 31 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Obituary: Sir Edward Harland MP". The Times newspaper. Encyclopedia-Titanica. 25 December 1895. Retrieved 31 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "No. 25738". The London Gazette. 13 September 1887. p. 4941. 

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Samuel Gibson Getty
Mayor of Belfast
1859 – 1860
Succeeded by
Edward Coey
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Porter Corry
and William Johnston
Member of Parliament for Belfast
With: James Porter Corry
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Belfast North
Succeeded by
Edward James Harland
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Glenmachan, Down)
Succeeded by
William Quartus Ewart