Harry Cheyne1

M, #2563, b. 8 December 1882, d. 10 July 1917
FatherSir Henry Cheyne of Girlsta b. 2 Mar 1845, d. 27 Nov 1915
MotherDorothy Cooper Cheyne b. 18 May 1850
     Harry Cheyne was born, 8 December 1882, in 13 Rutland Street, Edinburgh, Saint Cuthberts Parish, Midlothian, Scotland. At 13 Rutland Street, Edinburgh, on the 8th instant, the wife of Harry Cheyne, Writer to the Signet, of a son. (Birth announcements, Shetland Times 16/12/1882).2,3,4,5

Harry Cheyne was documented in A. Y. Cheyne, The Cheyne Family in Scotland, on pages 110 and 112.6

Dora Cheyne and Harry Cheyne were listed as children in the household of Harry Cheyne and his wife, Dora Cheyne on the 1891 Scotland Census, at 13 Rutland Street, in Edinburgh, Saint Cuthberts Parish, Midlothian, Scotland. He was 8 years of age, born in Edinburgh and a scholar.3

Dora Cheyne and Harry Cheyne were listed as children in the household of Harry Cheyne and his wife, Dora Cheyne on the 1901 Scotland Census, at 4 Moray Place, in Edinburgh, Saint George Parish, Midlothian, Scotland. He was listed as 18 years of age, born in Edinburgh and a scholar.7

From A. Y. Cheyne, The Cheyne Family of Scotland, page 112, refering to Sir John Cheyne, 10th of Tangwick (2554): "With him the line of Tangwick passed to his brother, Sir Harry Cheyne (2557), whose son Harry (2563) left only a posthumous daughter, thus apparently diverting the present day male representation of Cheyne of Inveruguie, Straloch, Essilmont and, Arnage to the line of Cheyne in Edinburgh". (See Walter Cheyne (2434)).2

Harry Cheyne was found on a passenger list, dated 26 December 1908, at New York, New York, USA. He was in two places on a Manifest of Alien Passengers aboard the Lucania, out of Liverpool, 19 December. He was crossed off on one entry and not the other. Both were almost identical. He was marked as "Non Immigrant Alien". Harry was 26 and born in Edinburgh. He was going to join Mr. Edmund Hay, Imperial Bank of Canada, in Toronto. His father, Mr. Cheyne, 4 Moray Place, Edinburgh, was listed as nearest relative in Scotland.8

Harry Cheyne married Anne Violet MacMillan Salvesen.9

Dora Cheyne and Harry Cheyne was granted the probate of the estate of the deceased, Harry Cheyne, 23 February 1916. The will of Harry Cheyne was proved 23 February 1916. An abstract of it reads: Cheyne Harry of 4 Moray Place Edinburgh died 27 November 1915 Confirmation of Dora Cheyne widow and Harry Cheyne and Ian MacIntyre Writers to the Signet. Sealed London 23 February"..10

An entry in Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories, 1917, reads as follows: Cheyne, Harry, W.S., 9 Hill Street, and late of 4 Moray Place, Edinburgh, died 27 November 1915, at Edinburgh, testate. Eik to Confirmation granted at Edinburgh, 6 January, to Dora Cheyne, 4 Moray Place, Edinburgh, his widow, and Harry Cheyne, his son, and Ian MacIntyre, both Writers to the Signet, 9 Hill Street there, Executors nominated in Will or Deed, dated 22 November 1915, and recorded in Court Books of Commissariot of Edinburgh, 2 February 1916. Value of Additional Estate £681, 16s. 6d. Original Confirmation granted 3 February 1916". Also a hand written entry followed: "Second Eik granted 5 June 1922".11

Harry Cheyne died 10 July 1917 during World War I. There is a photo of a crucifix believed to be in the Tangwick Chapel with the inscription "In Memory of Major Harry Cheyne 186th Army Field Artillery Brigade Killed In Action July 16th 1917" (Shetlnds MIs). His biography from at the Roll of Honour Website reads "Major. D Battery, 189th Brigade, RFA. Died 10th July 1917, aged 34 years. Son of Harry and Dora Chiene Cheyne of Edinburgh, husband of Anne Violet MacMillan Salvesen Cheyne of Edinburgh, Scotland. Writer to the Signet". Th same information was found on the CWGC Website.2,12,9,13,14

Harry (2563) and Arthur (16175) Cheyne were mentioned on the War Memorial erected at the Cross Kirk Cemetery, Eshaness. The inscription reads " 1914-1918 / War / our glorious dead / MAJOR HARRY CHEYNE / R.F.A. / PTE. ANGUS WISHART / 8th Seaforths / THOMAS MOUAT / Boatswain / ARTHUR CHEYNE / Boatswain / JOSEPH ANDERSON / R.N.R. / 1939-1945 ROBERT W. ANDERSON M.N. / Erected / by the people of Eshaness". The Arthur Cheyne above was probably Arthur (16175).15,9

His estate was probated on 6 April 1918 at London, England.16

A plaque at the Grange Club in Edinburgh reads: "Cheyne, Harry: Major, “D” Battery, 189th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Born on 08/12/1882 in Edinburgh. A son of Harry Cheyne, Writer to the Signet, and Dora Cheyne of 13 Rutland Street then 4 Moray Place, both Edinburgh. Major Cheyne was educated at Edinburgh Academy [1888-1891], University College, Oxford [1905] and Edinburgh University [1905-1908]. He qualified as a Writer to the Signet in 1908 and was employed by Messrs Mackenzie & Kermack, W.S. in Edinburgh. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Lowland Brigade, RFA in 1909 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1914 , being mobilised on 04/08/1914. He entered France as a theatre of war on 24/10/1915 and was promoted to Captain during December 1916. In April 1917 he was promoted Major and was in charge of “D” Battery, of the 189th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, being made Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel in 1917. He was killed in action on 10/07/1917, aged 34, and is buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave II.D.26. He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal and was mentioned in the Edinburgh Academy Register, the War Supplement to Edinburgh Academy Register, the Roll of Honour of Members of the Society of Writers to His Majesty’s Signet, and Apprentices 1914-1919, the University of Edinburgh Roll of Honour 1914-1919, and a death notice in The Scotsman, 16/07/1917. He is remembered on the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society Limited Memorial and The Grange Cricket Club Memorial".17

Citations

  1. [S148] Lieut. Colonel Archibald Ythan Cheyne, The Cheyne Family in Scotland,, Page 112.
  2. [S148] Lieut. Colonel Archibald Ythan Cheyne, The Cheyne Family in Scotland, Page 112.
  3. [S409] 1891 Scotland Census Index, Registration Number: 685A/2, Registration district: St George Burgh, Civil parish: Edinburgh St Cuthberts, County: Midlothian, ED: 57, Page: 7, Household schedule number: 49, Roll: CSSCT1891_335.
  4. [S428] Miscellaneous Websites, http://www.jghalcrow.co.uk/bdm/bdm.html
  5. [S541] W.S. Francis J. GrantZetland Family Histories "Cheyne of Tangwick, Page 45."
  6. [S148] Lieut. Colonel Archibald Ythan Cheyne, The Cheyne Family in Scotland, Pages 110 and 112.
  7. [S423] 1901 Scotland Census Index, Registration Number: 685/1, Registration district: St George, Civil parish: Edinburgh St Stephen, County: Midlothian, ED: 8, Page: 13, Household schedule number: 74, Roll: CSSCT1901_363.
  8. [S431] 1820-1957 New York Passenger Lists, Microfilm serial T715, Microfilm roll T715_1182, Page 94, Line 16 and Page 100, Line 7.
  9. [S550] Webpage Roll of Honour (http://www.roll-of-honour.com/) "http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Shetland/Eshaness.html."
  10. [S389] Website Ancestry.com Website (www.ancestry.com) "Text from of an image of the abstract of his will in England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1916, page 439."
  11. [S363] Commissary Clerk of Edinburgh Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories 1917, Page 153.
  12. [S489] Shetland MI, Vol 27, Early MIs "Page 10."
  13. [S551] Webpage GWGC (http://www.cwgc.org/) "http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx."
  14. [S389] Website Ancestry.com Website (www.ancestry.com) "Date of death from of an image of the abstract of his will in England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1918, page 482."
  15. [S474] Shetland MI, Vol 1, Northmavine Parish "Page 47."
  16. [S389] Website Ancestry.com Website (www.ancestry.com) "Text from of an image of the abstract of his will in England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1918, page 482."
  17. [S460] Information provided by a Web Page Contributor, Transcription of memorial provided by Alastair Ross, 13 Ocotober 2014.