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Thomas Cochrane
(1775-1860)

Thomas Cochrane, also known as 'Le Loup de Mer (The Sea Wolf)', was born on 14 Dec 1775 and died in London (12 Prince Albert Road, Kensington) on 31 Oct 1860. He served in the Royal Navy and Hellenic Navy and Chilean Navy and Brazilian Navy.

Sons who served as naval officers: Arthur Auckland Leopold Pedro Cochrane

He received the title of 10th Earl of Dundonald in 1831 and was also known as Baron Cochrane of Dundonald, Lord Cochrane of Paisley and Ochiltree, Baronet of Nova Scotia.

Honors:

Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (GCB) on 22 May 1847

Ranks:

Lt (1796)
Cdr (1800)
Capt (1801)
VAdm B (1841)
VAdm W (1846)
VAdm R (1848)
Adm B (1851)

Notes:

Son of Archibald (9th Earl of Dundonald) and Anne (née Gilchrist) Cochrane. Elder brother of Archibald Cochrane. Nephew of Alexander Forrester Inglis Cochrane. Cousin of Thomas John Cochrane.

• MP Honiton (1806)
• MP Westminster (1807)
• Accused of participating in the Great Stock Exchange Fraud of 1814. Brought to trial and found guilty. Sentenced to two hours in the pillory (remitted), a fine of £1000, and a year in the King's Bench Prison.
• Expelled from the House of Commons (5 Jul 1814).
• Escaped from prison (6 Mar 1815).
• Good Service Pension of £300 (10 Feb 1841)
• Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom
• Buried in Westminster Abbey (14 Nov 1860)

Manuscripts:

1859. Narrative of Services in the Liberation of Chili, Peru, and Brazil, from Spanish and Portuguese Domination. [2 volumes] London: James Ridgway.
1860. The Autobiography of a Seaman [2 volumes]

Further Reading:

Dale, Richard. 2006. Napoleon is Dead: Lord Cochrane and the Great Stock Exchange Scandal . Stroud: Sutton.
Stephenson, Charles. 2006. The Admiral's Secret Weapon: Lord Dundonald and the Origins of Chemical Warfare. Woodbridge: Boydell.
Vale, Brian. 2004. The Audacious Admiral Cochrane: The True Life of a Naval Legend. London: Brassey's.

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