Joseph Christopher Ewart

1800 - 14th Dec 1868

Claimant or beneficiary


Given in Parliamentary Papers as John Christopher Ewart. Partner in Ewart Myers (q.v.) and with his partners awarded the compensation for Long Lane Delap's estate in Antigua as mortgagees-in-trust.

  1. Son of William Ewart of Liverpool merchant, nephew of Joseph Ewart, and younger brother of William Ewart (1798-1869), the MP for Liverpool 1830-37, Wigan 1839-1841 and Dumfries 1841-1868. Joseph Christopher Ewart himself was MP for Liverpool 1855-1865. William Ewart senior was godfather of William Ewart Gladstone; William junior was an 'advanced' Liberal and father of Mary Anne Ewart (1830–1911), an advocate of higher education for women: she was a benefactor and governor of Newnham College, Cambridge, Somerville College, Oxford, and Bedford College, London.

  2. Will of Joseph Christopher Ewart who died 14/12/1868 at Broadleas near Devizes in Wilts proved 18/01/1869 by nephews Henry Rutson and Albert Osliff Rutson both of Newby Wiske near Northallerton, effects under £180,000.

  3. 'American, East india and general merchant' in Liverpool. 'His firm was presumably Ewart Myers & Co.' Son of William Ewart (1763-1823). Director of P&O and of London and Northern Railway Company. Left £180,000 on his death.

  4. A short obituary for Joseph Christopher Ewart appeared in the Liverpool Daily Post 16/12/1868. The article's author refers to him as 'the venerable deceased.' A more lengthy obituary appeared in the following day's edition of the same paper.

We are grateful to Maggy Jordan for assistance in compiling this entry.


T71/877 Antigua claim no. 86 (Long Lane Delap's).

  1. S. M. Farrell, ‘Ewart, William (1798–1869)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2010 [accessed 01/12/2012].

  2. National Probate Calendar 1869.

  3. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? 1860- (Volumes 3 and 4, manuscripts in preparation), reference 1869/33.

  4. 'The Late Joseph Christopher Ewart, Esq.,' 16/12/1868, and 'The Late Joseph Christopher Ewart, Esq.,' 17/12/1868. Both Liverpool Daily Post - Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Newspapers & Periodicals,

Further Information

Name in compensation records
John Christopher Ewart
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (1)

£2,790 8s 8d
Awardee (Mortgagee)

Legacies Summary

Commercial (3)

Name partner
Ewart Myers
General overseas merchant  

Imperial (1)

East India Company
notes →
'American, East india and general merchant' in Liverpool although his exact relations with the East India Company are...

Political (1)

election →
Liverpool Lancashire
1855 - 1865

Relationships (4)

Notes →
Also business...
Business partners
Son → Father
Business partners

Addresses (2)

Liverpool, Lancashire, North-west England, England
Broadleas, Devizes, Wiltshire, Wessex, England
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Ewart died at Broadleas near Devizes in 1868