THE McEWAN FAMILY - Ann J Pow
Among all the families of note in Prestonpans I think the McEwans
should be well remembered. Dr McEwan Senior and his two sons.
Dr George and Dr William, better known as Dr Willie. lived in
Walford House on the sea front and at the foot of what was then
known as the Doctor's Wynd but is now called Ormiston Place. I
have often wondered why there is no street or place named after
this highly respected family. I am sure there are many residents
in Prestonpans who were brought into the world by these men as
at that time Maternity Hospitals were unknown.
Dr McEwan was well known for his work with the boys of the district.
He held a meeting every Sunday in the Town Hall which was called
The Lads Meeting. The boys sang hymns with real gusto and there
was always a "Chalk Talk" on religious subjects. They
Finished with a trip down the coast. all packed on to a motor
vehicle of some sort. This was at the end of their winter meetings
and a real highlight in their lives.
Dr MeEwan Senior held first-aid classes for young miners in the
1910s, probably the fore-runner of Mine Rescue and Dr Willie was
to follow in his footsteps many years later when he was in charge
of the training of the first aid team of the ARP at the Mary Murray
Institute during the Second World War.
Dr Willie was an Elder in Grange U F Church, opposite the Library
(now St Andrew's Episcopal Church) and gave the same faithftil
service to his District members as he did to his patients. He
eventually retired to Longniddry and enjoyed many happy days at