Person NameMacEwan; Sir; Alexander (1875-1941)
ActivityAlexander Malcolm McEwan (1875-1941) was born on 10th January 1875 in Calcutta. The MacEwan children were sent home to the UK to be brought up by their aunt, Elizabeth Sutherland Taylor, c 1880. Alexander was educated at Lindley Lodge School, Nuneaton, Clifton College, St Bernard's, Brussels and, from 1893, at Edinburgh University where he studied law. In 1897 he was apprenticed to the Inverness firm of Stewart, Rule and Burns, at which his uncle William Taylor Rule worked. In 1901 he qualified as a solicitor and became a partner in the firm which, in 1903, became Stewart, Rule and Co. In 1906 he married Mary Beatrice Henderson, daughter of Surgeon-Major George Henderson. Together they had four children; Robin, Molly, David, Malcolm and Margaret. He was Town Councillor in Inverness from 1908-1917 and from 1923. Between 1919 and 1925 he was secretary for the Highland Reconstruction Association. from 1925 to 1931 he was Provost of Inverness. in 1931 he was appointed special commissioner for the Highland Area. From 1925 to 1934 he was Chairman of the Royal Northern Infirmary, Inverness. In the 1930's he worked to form the Scottish Party which, in 1934, merged with the National Party of Scotland to become the Scottish National Party. Alexander MacEwen was to serve as chairman and later President. He wrote various pamphlets including 'A Policy for the Western Isles' 'Scottish Reconstruction' 'Scotland at school', 'Towards freedom' and 'Act now for the Highlands and Islands'. He died in 1941.
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