WHICH DAY MAGISTER HENRY CHEIP, ADVOCATE, IS MADE A BURGESS AND
BROTHER OF THE GUILD OF DUNDEE.
HENRY CHEAPE of Mawhill was descended from a family of that name who were proprietors of the estate of Mawhill, Fifeshire, in the beginning of the fifteenth century. His father, HENRY CHEAPE, was prominent as a politician in the reigns of QUEEN MARY and JAMES VI., and was concerned in the Raid of Ruthven, being then an intimate friend of WILLIAM, EARL OF GOWRIE.
For his treason in this affair he received pardon under the Great Seal, dated 27th December, 1583. His son and successor, the HENRY CHEAPE who is here enrolled, achieved considerable success as a lawyer, and acquired a large fortune, which he invested in – several lands and baronies in Perthshire and Fifeshire.
Amongst these purchases the estate of Ormiston was included, and he was latterly known by the designation derived from it. He was married to JANET, daughter of JOHN DURHAM of Largo, and had a son, JAMES CHEAPE of Ormiston, who was also eminent in the profession of the law. The present representatives of HENRY CHEAPE are ALEXANDER CHEAPE of Lathockar, County Fife, and CHARLES CHFAPE of Killundine, County Argyll.