Humphrey Ewing Maclae

1773 - 10th Mar 1860

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Jamaica slave-owner, brother of James Ewing (q.v.). Father was Walter Ewing Maclae (d. 1814, born Walter Ewing, the son of Humphrey Ewing and Margaret Maclae who inherited from his maternal uncle Walter Maclae (d. 1790)). Mother was Margaret Fisher (daughter of Rev. James Fisher, one of the four ministers of the first Secession of the Church of Scotland). Married Jane, daughter of Alexander Brown merchant of Glasgow. Also occassionally given as McLae, M'Lea. We believe that the man given as 'Humphrey Ewing' for a number of estates between c. 1800 and c. 1815 was in fact Humphrey Ewing Maclae, adding the name Maclae on the death of his father Walter in 1814.

  1. Humphrey Ewing Maclae and Jane Maclae's two sons predeceased him (Jane Maclae survived until November 1874, dying in her 101st year). The estate passed to the family of Humphrey Ewing Maclae's sister, also Jane, who married Alexander Crum of Thornliebank in Glasgow: their grandson Alexander Crum Maclae held Cathkin at the time of Smith and Mitchell's writing, while another grandson, Humphrey Ewing Crum Ewing succeeded to the Strathleven estate of his [great-] uncle James Ewing, changed his name and headed James Ewing & Co., 'one of the few remaining ancient West India houses'. Humphrey Ewing Maclae's brother James Ewing was the first MP for Glasgow under the Reform Bill.

  2. He is described as 'West India proprietor' in the matriculation records of University of Glasgow.  It is unclear whether he had an active role in James Ewing & Co., where his letters were delivered in the early 1840s.

  3. Died at Cathkin House, Carmanock, Lanarkshire 10/03/1860, aged 89, occupation "Landed Proprietor", informant of death was James Crum (nephew).

Sources

T71/857 St Ann claim no. 475.

  1. John Guthrie Smith and John Oswald Mitchell, The old country houses of the old Glasgow gentry (2nd edn., Glasgow, James MacLehose & Sons, 1878) XXI Cathkin; George Stewart, Curiosities of Glasgow citizenship as exhibited chielfy in the business career of its old commercial aristocracy (Glasgow, James MacLehose & Sons, 1881), pp. 204-5 'Short biographical notices of the principal merchants, manufacturers etc of Glasgow in 1783: Walter Ewing'.

  2. 'The matricualtion album of the University of Glasgow from 1728-1858' No. 4152 Humphredius Ewing; Post Office Directory Glasgow 1842-3.

  3. General Register Office for Scotland, 1860 631 003.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Name in compensation records
Humphrey Ewing M'Lea
Spouse
Jane Brown
University
Glasgow

Associated Claims (3)

£3,462 18S 8D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£3,039 12S 0D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£1,874 1S 11D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (8)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1815 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Owner

Given simply as 'Humphrey Ewing' in 1815, but we believe this to be the same man as Humphrey Ewing Maclae, taking the name of Maclae after the death of his father Walter Ewing Maclae [born Ewing] in 1814.

1810 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner

Given simply as 'Humphrey Ewing' between 1810 and 1816, but we believe this to be the same man as Humphrey Ewing Maclae, taking the name of Maclae after the death of his father Walter Ewing Maclae [born Ewing] in 1814.

1832 [EA] - → Other

Maclae sold enslaved people to Charles Smith for Deveronside before the 1832 registration

1809 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Joint owner
1820 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner
1800 [EA] - 1800 [LA] → Joint owner
1815 [EA] - 1819 [LA] → Lessee

Given simply as 'Humphrey Ewing' in 1815, but we believe this to be the same man as Humphrey Ewing Maclae, taking the name of Maclae after the death of his father Walter Ewing Maclae [born Ewing] in 1814.

1815 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner

Given simply as 'Humphrey Ewing' in 1815, but we believe this to be the same man as Humphrey Ewing Maclae, taking the name of Maclae after the death of his father Walter Ewing Maclae [born Ewing] in 1814.


Legacies Summary

Political (1)

Local Government
 
office →
Deputy-Lieutenant
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Relationships (4)

Brothers
Business associates
Business associates
Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Cathkin House, Lanarkshire, Central Scotland, Scotland