Jan­u­a­ry 3, 1830, Old Ma­char Parish, Ab­er­deen, Scot­land.

Ju­ly 11, 1895, Taun­ton, Som­er­set, Eng­land.

All Saints church­yard, Trull, Som­er­set, Eng­land.

Alexander was the son of phy­si­cian Al­ex­an­der Ew­ing and Bar­ba­ra Mc­Com­bie.

He studied law at Mar­is­chal College in Ab­er­deen. He had little inclination for that pro­fes­sion, though, and was allowed to abandon it and go to Hei­del­berg to study Ger­man and mu­sic.

During the Cri­mean War in 1855, Ew­ing joined the army. After serving there, he went to South Aus­tral­ia, then Ch­ina, where he took part in the campaigns of 1860 and 1862.

He returned to Eng­land in 1866. The next year, he married Ju­li­a­na Ho­ra­tia Gat­ty, author of Jack­a­napes; second daughter of Alfred Gat­ty, vicar of Ecc­les­field and sub-dean of York Ca­thed­ral, and sister of Al­fred Scott-Gat­ty.

After several more years of for­eign ser­vice, Ew­ing returned to En­gland in 1883, and retired from the army in 1889.

Ewing’s true love was always music. A member of the Har­mon­ic Choir in Ab­er­deen, he brought his newly written tune Ew­ing to practice one night, and that choir was the first to ever sing it.

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