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This famous Scottish name, with the variations Cochrane, Cochran, Cochern and Colqueran, is locational and derives from the "Lowlands of Cochrane", near Paisley in Renfrewshire. There has hardly been a period in Scottish and English history when the Cochrane's have not been prominent. Robert Cochrane, Earl of Mar (d. 1482) was a favourite of King James 111, whilst Sir John Cochrane (c. 1650) was a Royalist Commander of Charles 1 and Governor of Towcester in 1644, whilst Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald (1775-1860) was an Admiral in the Royal Navy until driven out for exposing naval corruption. In 1817 he commanded the Chilean Navy and secured independence from Spain...

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