R. & A. Ewing

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Robert (1842–1922) and Alexander Ewing (1843–1895) were the sons of Alexander Ewing Senior (c. 1811–1876), who was a corn factor with Ewing, Angus & Co., with large granaries in Glasgow as well as Lord Dean of Guild and a director of the Chamber of Commerce. 1

Robert joined East India merchants Finlay, Muir & Co, of Bombay (Mumbai) and Calcutta (Kolkata), who managed tea plantations in Assam. 2 By 1884 he was living as a country squire in Hertfordshire. 3 He then became director of a diverse series of new companies with varied fortunes, in a wide range of fields, including fire-insurance, sea-salt extraction, American stockbroking, electric lighting, silver mining, gold-extraction and tea-growing. 4

Alexander lived 'on private means', in Eastry, Kent. His estate, like his father’s, and his property-development in Cheapside Street, Glasgow, were all handled by Black, Honeyman & Monteath, where John Honeyman's brother, Patrick, was a partner. 5

Notes:

1: Glasgow Herald, 16 July 1872, p. 4; 14 March 1876, p. 6; Birth, death, will and census information, www.ancestry.co.uk and www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 4 October 2012].

2: The Morning Post, 3 December 1881, p. 1; The Times, 2 July 1898, p. 3.

3: The Belfast News-Letter, 2 December 1884, p. 3; 1891 census information, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 4 October 2012]; Kelly's Directory for Hertfordshire, 1890, pp. 686, 738.

4: Insurance, The Times, 3 December 1881, p. 13; Salt production, The Times, 24 November 1883, p. 13; London Gazette, 7 December 1888, p. 7032; Stockbroking, The Times, 15 November 1890, p. 3; Electricity, The Times, 28 April 1882, p. 13; London Gazette, 20 November 1883, p. 5583;The Belfast News-Letter, 2 December 2 1884, p. 3; London Gazette, 30 April 1889, p. 2390; Gold, tea London Gazette, 6 December 1891, p. 7082; 22 January 1895, p. 437; 2 July 1898, p. 3.

5: Probate and 1891 census information, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 4 October 2012]; Glasgow Herald, 24 April 1876, p. 6; May 27, 1892, p. 4; '122 Cheapside Street', Glasgow Valuation Rolls 1913–14, Book 481, Ward 13, p. 89, (from Glasgow City Archives), 'The Glasgow Story', www.theglasgowstory.com [accessed 4 October 2012].