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Cochrane Clan


  • Crest: Image above - A horse passant argent
  • Gaelic Name: Virtue et labore (By valour and exertion)
  • Motto:
  • Origin of Tartan:
  • Seat:


Current Chief.

The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Dundonald

Origins of the name

It is thought that the ancestry of this family began with a Viking warrior who settled in Renfrewshire between the eighth and tenth centuries. The name is of territorial origin and the Cochranes took the name of the lands in the ancient Barony of Cochrane. The origin of the name itself is believed to be derived from two Gaelic words which jointly mean The Roar of the Battle or Battle Cry.


Castles that have belonged to the Cochranes have included:

  • Cochrane Castle Two Castles – One Name: Johnstone or Easter Cochrane Tower .
  • Auchindoun Castle.
  • Johnstone Castle.

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