EWING, GREVILLE (1767-1841),

Born in Old Greyfriars Edinburgh, Ewing was an early supporter of Missions and of Congregationalism in Scotland. He was a founder member and the first secretary of the Edinburgh (later Scottish) Missionary Society, formed in March 1796. In July 1796 he helped found the Missionary Magazine and was joint editor till 1799. From 1800 to 1839 he was minister of the mother church of Scottish Congregationalism, now Hillhead, Glasgow. His leadership was important in rebuilding the denomination after the Haldane Brothers left in 1808 to start Baptist churches. Ewing was instrumental in starting the Glasgow Theological Academy with Ralph Wardlaw in 1811 and the Congregational Union the following year. He was awarded an honorary DD by Princeton in 1821.

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John Roxborogh