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About Thomas, 1st Baron Cochrane of Cults

Thomas Horatio Arthur Ernest Cochrane, 1st Baron Cochrane of Cults was born on April 2, 1857 the son of Thomas Barnes Cochrane, 11th Earl of Dundonald and Louisa Harriet, Countess of Dundonald.


Lord Cochrane of Cults married Lady Gertrude, daughter of George Boyle, 6th Earl of Glasgow, in 1880. They had four sons and four daughters, of whom one son and two daughters predeceased their parents. Their second and third sons respectively, Sir Archibald Cochrane and Air Chief Marshal Sir Ralph Cochrane, both gained distinction. Lady Cochrane of Cults was appointed an OBE in 1920. She died in December 1950, aged 89. Lord Cochrane of Cults only survived her by a month and died in January 1951, aged 93. He was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Major the Hon. Thomas Cochrane.

Military career

Cochrane was an Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the 4th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and served in the 93rd Highlanders and the Scots Guards.

He served in South Africa, where he was Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General.

He was also a Lieutenant-Colonel of the 2/7 Black Watch from 1914 to 1917.

Political career

Cochrane sat as Unionist Member of Parliament for North Ayrshire from 1892 to 1910. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain from 1895 to 1901 and served in Arthur Balfour's Unionist administration as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1902 to 1905.

In 1919 he was raised as Baron Cochrane of Cults, of Crawford Priory in the County of Fife.

Lord Cochrane of Cults was also a Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for Fife.

In 1934 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of St Andrews.

He died on January 17, 1951 at age 93.


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