Ref NoD10
TitleVaila Estate Papers
DescriptionTitle deeds and legal papers, 1565-1789; Miscellaneous estate papers and accounts, 1701-1849; Miscellaneous papers including records concerning lands in Walls and Sandness, 1584-1924
Extent3 boxes
Admin HistoryThe Cheyne family's connection to Vaila, an island in Walls parish, in the mouth of the Vaila Sound, can be traced to Robert Cheyne of Ure, brother of Francis Cheyne of Craigentarves. Robert Cheyne was Bailie of Tingwall in 1568 and Commissary of Shetland around 1590. In 1586 the earl of Orkney found him to be entitled to lands in Vaila on the evidence of a grant made to him by the King on 18 October 1580. Thomas Cheyne (d 1626) of Vaila, eldest son of Robert, acquired a large estate by purchasing lands in Walls, Aithsting and Fetlar. He was Commissioner of Peace for Shetland in 1614 and married Agnes, daughter of James Strang of Voesgarth. Cheyne was succeeded by his eldest son Patrick Cheyne who further increased the family estate. He married Janet, daughter of Gilbert Gifford of Hogsetter and died on 23 December 1639. Thomas Cheyne of Vaila, eldest son of Patrick, was compelled by the chamberlain of the Earl of Orkney to feudalise his lands in 1664. Patrick Cheyne of Vaila, eldest son of Thomas, had disponed the estate by 1698. His brother Theodore Cheyne of Footabrough acquired the lands of Footabrough in 1692 but soon parted with them to James Mitchell. In 1738 he petitioned the Court of Session regarding the recovery of the lands.
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