About Roy Bowers
Robert Cochrane (26 January 1931 - 3 July 1966), who was born as Roy Bowers, was an English Neopagan witch who founded the tradition known as Cochrane's Craft, which is seen by some to be a form of Wicca but is sometimes considered distinct from it due to Cochrane's opposition to both Gerald Gardner and Gardnerian Wicca.
Born into a poor family in London, he claimed to have had family members with various connections to different forms of the occult, and to have been a member of a hereditary witch family, a claim that has been criticised by historians such as Ronald Hutton. Being initiated into the Gardnerian tradition, he subsequently went on to found a coven known as the Clan of Tubal Cain, through which he propagated his Craft. In 1966, he committed ritual suicide. Ever since his death, a number of Neopagan and magical groups have continued to adhere to his teachings, including the Regency, the 1734 Tradition and the revived forms of the Clan of Tubal Cain.
Read more: Wikipedia, Robert Cochrane
See also: Chas S. Clifton, The '1734' Tradition in North America (March 18th. 2001) at Witchvox.com.