Robert Murray McCheyne

M, #8502, b. 21 May 1813, d. 25 March 1843
FatherAdam McCheyne b. 17 Jan 1781, d. 24 Feb 1854
MotherLockhart Murray Dickson b. 5 Jan 1772, d. 15 May 1854
     Robert Murray McCheyne was born, 21 May 1813, in 14 Dublin Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Parish, Midlothian, Scotland. His birth record listed him as Robert McCheyne. His mother's name given name was Lockhart Murray. He probably added the Murray at a later time.1,2,3

In 1839, he and three other ministers were sent to Palestine on a mission of inquiry to the condition of the Jews. Upon their return, their official report for the Board of Mission of the Church of Scotland was published as Narrative of a Visit to the Holy Land and Mission of Inquiry to the Jews. He was a preacher, a pastor, a poet, and wrote many letters. He was also a man of deep piety and a man of prayer. He never married.2

Robert Murray McCheyne was listed on the 1841 British Census, at Stramberry Bank, in Dundee Parish, Forfar, Angus, Scotland. He was head of household and a clergyman. Also in the household were Marjory Richardson, 25, probably a cousin and James Rodick, 9, relationship, if any, unknown. Robert was listed as 25 ages of age and born in Scotland (not Angus).4

Robert Murray McCheyne died 25 March 1843 in Dundee, Forfar, Angus, Scotland.2,5

His biography was written a few years after his death by Andrew A. Bonar (1810-1892). A copy is available online from the Gutenberg Project


  1. [S453] International Genealogy Index Online, Edinburgh Parish, Midlothian, Batch C119821.
  2. [S456] Columbia Encyclopedia Online,
  3. [S428] Miscellaneous Websites, UKONLINE. Date and address of birth found on the Website devoted to Robert Murray M'Cheyne maintained by David Haslam.
  4. [S424] 1841 British Census Index, Angus, Dundee Parish, Enumeration District 31.
  5. [S428] Miscellaneous Websites, UKONLINE. Date of death found on the Website devoted to Robert Murray M'Cheyne maintained by David Haslam.