Robert Smith Cheyne

M, #1000, b. 9 December 1837
FatherThomas Cheyne b. 23 Jan 1791, d. 7 May 1853
MotherElizabeth McWilliam b. 22 May 1795, d. 6 Apr 1863
     Robert Smith Cheyne was baptized in accordance with the procedures of the Church of Scotland, 9 December 1837, in Peterhead, Peterhead Parish, Aberdeen, Scotland. The following is a transcription from the Register of Baptisms, Parish of Peterhead, 1833-1854, Page 440: [This entry was placed in the register considerably after the fact and with six other entries of the same family.] "1837 December 9th Thomas Cheyne (986), Seaman in Peterhead, had a son baptized, named Robert Smith (1000), before James Matthew & W'm Forest.”.1

Elizabeth Cheyne, Margaret Cheyne, John Cheyne, Robert Smith Cheyne and Christian Cheyne were listed as in the household of Elizabeth McWilliam on the 1841 Scotland Census, at Union Street, in Peterhead, Peterhead Parish, Aberdeen, Scotland. He was her son, listed as age 3, and born in Aberdeenshire.2

Robert Smith Cheyne was found in the household of Thomas Cheyne and his wife, Elizabeth Cheyne, and listed as their son on the 1851 Scotland Census at James Street, in Peterhead, Peterhead Parish, Aberdeen, Scotland. He was 13 years of age, born in Peterhead Parish and an errand boy.3

James Cheyne and Robert Smith Cheyne were listed on the 1861 England Census at Saint Andrew Quay, in Kent, England. James was listed as Mate and Robert a seaman, they were aboard the Vivid. All aboard were born in Peterhead, Aberdeen, except William Gibson, who was born in Fyvie, Aberdeen. The others were: George Hutcheson, Master; Alex'r Leisk, cook and seaman; William Gibson, seaman; and John Mathew, seaman. 'Jeams' was also listed as a widower, age 37; and Robert, unmarried, age 23.4

In a letter, dated in 1864, James Cheyne (995), refers to his brother, Robert (1000), as living in Calcutta.5

Robert Smith Cheyne was listed on the 1871 England Census in Barrow Docks, Lancashire, England. He was found on two different entries of the 1871 census. One, at Barrow Docks, he was listed as Rob. S. Cheyne, 33, single, born in Peterhead, Scotland, was the Master of the Delight. On the second, in Gargunnock, Stirling, he was Rob't Cheyne, also master of the Delight.6,7


  1. [S78] Old Parish Register (OPR), Register of Baptisms, Peterhead Parish, Aberdeen, 1833-1854, Page 440.
  2. [S389] Website Website ( "1841 Scotland Census index, Peterhead Parish, Enumeration District 3, Page 5."
  3. [S74] 1851 British Census, Parish of Peterhead, Aberdeen, Enumeration District 2, Page 21, Number 104.
  4. [S317] 1861 British Census, Vessels, Kent, England, RG9/4471, Registration District: Anglesey, Sub-registration District: Holyhead, ED: Vivid, Folio 6, Schedule number 1.
  5. [S289] Records of Ian Cheyne Kemp, Oxford.
  6. [S408] 1871 British Census Index, Registration Number: 481, Registration district: Gargunnock, Civil parish: Vessels, County: Stirlingshire, ED: Delight, Page: 101, Household schedule number: 1, Roll: CSSCT1871_191.
  7. [S335] 1871 British Census, Vessels: Town: Barrow Docks, Lancashire, England, Source information: RG10/4245, Registration district: Ulverston, Sub-registration district: Dalton, Vessel: Delight, Folio: 180, Schedule number: 1. Images reproduced by courtesy of The National Archives, London, England, and obtained from