Humphrey Ewing

19th Sep 1770 - 10th Mar 1860


Older brother of James Ewing of Strathleven (major West India merchant and slave trader; a founder of pro-slavery lobby group Glasgow West India Association; president (1816-1819) of University of Strathclyde forerunner Anderson’s Institution).

We believe the man known as Humphrey Ewing, who appears as co-owner or partner with John Jacques and James Laing of Jamaica for a number of estates in Jamaica between c. 1800 and c. 1815, to be the same man as Humphrey Ewing Maclae (q.v.).

We are grateful to Kelly Haggart for her assistance in compiling this entry.


Baptisms (OPR) Scotland. Glasgow. 09 November 1770. (Birth: 19 September 1770). Ewing, Humphrey. 150/225. Scotland's People [online], Testamentary records. England. 16 August 1860. (Death: 10 March 1860). Ewing MacLae, Humphrey. National Probate Calendar. Scotch confirmations sealed. p. 237. Collection: England & Wales, National Probate Calendar, 1858-1995.

Mullen, Stephen. ‘Ewing, James (1775–1853)’ in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2016. Finlay, Richard. University of Strathclyde and historical links to slavery. University of Strathclyde, 2023, p.12.

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