'Cockburn04'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Cockburn of Bolton, Cockburn of Cockpen, Cockburn of Ormiston, Cockburn of Sandybed, Cockburn of Woodhead
[We are currently undertaking a review of the Cockburn family. Please note that the review has not yet been completed.]

John de Cokburn of Bolton & Ormiston, Haddingtonshire (d c1410)
m. (mcrt 02.1370) Joneta Lindsay (dau/heir of Sir Alexander Lindsay of Ormiston)
1. Adam Cockburn of Ormiston (d unm by 1416)
2. Sir John Cockburn of Ormiston, Governor of Edinburgh Castle (d c1470)
  m. Margaret Seton
  A. Alexander Cockburn of Ormiston (a 1503, 2nd son)
i. John Cockburn of Ormiston
  m. Margaret Crichton (probably dau of David Crichton of Cranston Redale (Riddell))
  a. Alexander Cockburn (dvp)
  b. John Cockburn of Ormiston (d by 1512)
m. Margaret Hepburn
  (1) William Cockburn of Ormiston
m. Janet Somerville (maternal cousin)
  (A) (Sir) John Cockburn of Ormiston (d 1583)
  Some references to John (eg. as father of Sibyl & Alison) suggest that he was Secretary of State (for Scotland). Cockburn-Wood does not suggest that he had that role.
  m. Alison Sandilands (d 21.10.1584, dau of Sir James Sandilands of Calder)
  (i) Alexander Cockburn (b 13.01.1535, dvp 28.09.1563)
  (ii) Sir John Cockburn of Ormiston (d 1623, Lord Justice Clerk) - continued below --
  m1. (mcrt 28.07.1574) Janet Home (dau of Alexander Home of Manderston)
  m2. Elizabeth Bellenden (dau of Sir John Bellenden of Auchnoull) --
  (iii) Samuel Cockburn
  m. Elisabeth Douglas ("kinswoman")
(a) Sibyl Cockburn
  m. William Innes of Sanyside
  (b)+ other issue
  (iv) Sibyl Cockburn
  m. (mcrt 26.02.1566) Sir William St.Clair of Herdmanston (d 02.06.1594)
  (v) Barbara Cockburn
  m. (mcrt 31.05.1563) George Hamilton of Preston (d 1608, son of Sir David of Fingaltoun then Preston)
  (vi) Alison Cockburn probably the Alison (d by 1613) who married ...
  m. Andrew Edmonstone of that ilk of Ednam
  (B) Alexander Cockburn of Meredene (Roxburghshire) & Woodhead (Southwode, in Herdmanston) (a 1566)
  m. Christian Lawson (dau of _ Lawson of Humbie)
  (i) Alexander Cockburn of Woodhead
  (ii) daughter
  m. George Hamilton
  (iii) daughter
  m. Ninian (Ringan) Hamilton
  (iv) Marion Cockburn
  (C) Ninian (Rinzean) Cockburn
  (D) Margaret Cockburn (a 1590)
  m. James Lawson of Hieriggs (d by 1590)
(E) Marion Cockburn
  m. Hew Douglas of Longniddry (d 1555, "descended from Henry Douglas, youngest son of James, seventh Earl of Douglas, by Beatrix Lindsay")
  (i) Francis Douglas
  m. Agnes Lauder (dau of Sir William Lauder of Haltoun)
  (ii)+ other issue - James, Hew, David, Margaret, Isobel, Agnes
  (F) Janet (or Helen?) Cockburn (a 1548)
  m. James Heriot of Trabroun (d 04.10.1580)
  c. Thomas Cockburn of Bolton
  (1) Laurence Cockburn (a 1553)
m. Helen Sinclair (dau of John Sinclair of Blans (by Katherine, dau of William Cockburn of that ilk?))
  (A) John Cockburn of Bolton (a 1587)
  (i) Henry Cockburn of Bolton, Provost of Haddington
  d. Helen Cockburn
  m. (before 1492) Alexander Gourlay of Kincraig
  e. Agnes Cockburn --
  Agnes is shown as having married William Murray of Touchadam but she was probably the Agnes who (first) married ...
  m1. Edward Crichton of Brunston (d 1506)
  m2. William Murray of Touchadam (d Flodden 1513) --
  B.+ other issue - William (a 1440, dvp), John
3. Patrick Cockburn, Governor of Edinburgh Castle, Sheriff of Haddingtonshire
  m. Helen Ker (dau of Thomas Ker of Ferniehurst)



Sir John Cockburn of Ormiston (d 1623, Lord Justice Clerk, 2nd son) - continued above
Cockburn-Wood (p142) reports that Sir John had 5 children by Janet Home (Patrick, Margaret, Catherine, Helen & Jean), shows no children by Elizabeth Bellenden, and shows the marriages of the daughters on p147. TSP (vol 7, p576) confirms that Margaret was the eldest daughter whilst TSP (vol 6, p596) identifies Katherine as the eldest daughter by Elizabeth Bellenden. We presume that Helen & Jean were also by Sir John's marriage to Elizabeth Bellenden.
m1. (mcrt 28.07.1574) Janet Home (dau of Alexander Home of Manderston)
1. Patrick Cockburn (dvp)
  A. Sir George Cockburn of Ormiston (d 1654)
m. Margaret Touris (d 1636, dau of Sir George Touris of Inverleith)
  i. Robert Cockburn (d young)
  ii. John Cockburn of Ormiston (d before 07.1664)
  m. (1643) Janet Hepburn (d 1665, dau of Sir Adam Hepburn of Humbie, m2. Sir James Dundas)
a. John Cockburn of Ormiston (dsp before 28.12.1671)
  b. Adam Cockburn of Ormistoun (d 16.04.1735, Lord Justice Clerk, Lord of Session as Lord Ormiston)
  m1. (mcrt 13.03.1679) Susannah Hamilton (bpt 28.07.1657, dau of John Hamilton, 4th Earl of Haddington)
  (1) John Cockburn (bpt 20.02.1698, d 12.11.1758, MP, Lord of the Admiralty, 2nd son)
  m1. (1700, sp) Beatrix Carmichael (dau of John Carmichael, 1st Earl of Hyndford)
The following is supported by TSP ('Forrester, Lord Forrester').
  m2. Isabella or Arabella Rowe (dau of Anthony Rowe of Oxfordshire)
  (A) George Cockburn of Ormiston (d 23.07.1770, Comptroller of the Navy)
  m. Caroline Baillie, Baroness Forrester (d 25.02.1784, dau of George Baillie, 5th Lord Forrester of Corstorphine, by Charlotte Rowe, sister of Isabella)
  (i) Anna Maria Cockburn, Baroness Forrester (d unm 31.12.1808)
  (ii) Mary Baillie Cockburn (dvmsps 02.08.1777)
  m. (04.10.1776) Rev. Charles Shuttleworth (b 1750, d 19.12.1821)
  (2) Patrick Cockburn
m. (1731) Alison Rutherford (d 22.11.1794, dau of Sir Robert Rutherford of Fernilie)
  (A) Patrick (or Adam?) Cockburn (d young)
  (3) Charles Cockburn of Sandybed
m. (c1720) Margaret Haldane (dau of Robert Haldane of Gleneagles)
  The following comes from BLG1952 ('Chinnery-Haldane of Gleneagles') which reports that Gleneagles later passed to the son of Margaret's younger sister.
  (A) George Cockburn of Sandybed, later Haldane, 18th of Gleneagles (bpt 15.06.1729, d 02.03.1799)
  m1. (mcrt 06/09.05.1766) Bethia Dundas (d 12.05.1770, dau of Thomas Dundas of Fingask and Carronhill)
  (i) Janet Haldane
  m. Charles Dallas of Llemyston
  (ii)+ other issue - Davidona, Caroline
  m2. (12.1779) Margaret Drummond (dau of James Drummond, de jure 5th Viscount Strathallan)
  (iv) George Augustus Haldane (d unm 26.10.1799)
(v) Margaret Haldane (b c1785, d 1806)
  m. (1802) William Robertson of Lude (d 1820, General)
  (B)+ other issue (d unm)
  (4) Anne Cockburn (d 23.11.1772)
  m. (mcrt 24.06.1708) Sir John Inglis, Bart of Cramond
  (5) Christian Cockburn
  m. Sir Robert Sinclair, 3rd Bart of Longformacus
  (6)+ other issue - Adam (bpt 20.02.1696, d young), Elizabeth
m2. (after 1704) Ann Houstoun (d 18.01.1721, dau of Sir Patrick Houstoun of Houstoun)
  (8) Jeane Cockburn (bpt 29.03.1709, d 25.06.1792)
  m. William Walker
  c. Agnes Cockburn
  Agnes is not mentioned by Cockburn-Wood but is reported by TSP ('Ker, Marquess of Lothian', p474) as "eldest daughter of the deceased (before 19.08.1664) John Cockburn of Ormiston"who was the wife of ...
  m. (c07.1664) Sir William Kerr of Halden (b 22.12.1638)
  d. Jean Cockburn (b 1648)
  m. Richard Cockburn of Clerkington
  e. Barbara Cockburn (b 1653)
  Cockburn-Wood (p153) suggests that this Barbara m. Henry St. Clair, (8th) Lord. [The references to the numbering of the St. Clair lords is not to be relied on.] Provisionally, we show that Barbara ## here ##.
  f.+ other issue - Margaret (b 1650), Margaret (b 1650)
  iii. George Cockburn 'of Piltoun'
  m. Mary Stirling
  a. George Cockburn
  m. Marie Edgar
(1) George Cockburn of Haddington
  m. Margaret Grant (dau of James Grant of Moyness)
  (2)+ other issue
  b. Archibald Cockburn
m. Robina Fairholm (cousin of Sophia (who m. William, Marquess of Annandale), dau of John Fairholm of Craigiehall)
  (1) Archibald Cockburn of Edinburgh
  m. (1687) Isobell Butler (dau of John Butler of Harperdean (son of Peter son of Peter) by Isobel, sister of Robert Swinton of Edinburgh)
  (A) Archibald Cockburn of Cockpen
  m. (17.08.1735) Martha Dundas (dau of Robert Dundas, 'Lord Arniston', by Margaret Sinclair)
  (i) Archibald Cockburn of Cockpen, Sheriff of Midlothian (b 1738, d 1820, Baron of the Exchequer, 2nd son)
  Cockburn-Wood just identifies Archibald as 2nd son and then follows the line of his brother George. We presume that this is the Archibald who is the first mentioned by BLG1952 ('Cockburn formerly of Cockpen') which provides the following.
  m. Janet Rannie
  (a) Henry Cockburn (b 1779, d 1854, Lord of Session as 'Lord Cockburn', 4th son) had issue
  m. Elizabeth Macdowall
  (b) Elizabeth Cockburn
  m. (1798) Rev. Thomas Davidson of Muirhouse
(c)+ other issue
  (ii) George Cockburn of Shanganah Castle, co. Dublin (youngest son?)
  m. Anne Caldwell (sister of Admiral Sir Benjamin Caldwell)
  (a) Sir George Cockburn (General)
  m. Elisabeth Rial
  ((1)) Catherine Cockburn
  m. (1817) Gawen Hamilton (Captain RN, son of Archibald (Hamilton-Rowan) of Killyleagh Castle)
  (iii)+ other issue - Robert (d young), James, John (Captain RN), Anne, Agnes, Robina, Sophia
  (B) John Cockburn
c. Jeane Cockburn
  m. (mcrt 18.01.1673) James Congleton of Skedsburgh
  d. Margaret Cockburn probably of this generation
  m. James Cockburn, Provost of Haddingtoun
  e.+ other issue - John (bpt 18.01.1673), "several daughters"
  iv. Jeane Cockburn
  m. (mcrt 02.04.1665) Robert Hepburne of Keith Marischall
2. Margaret Cockburn (a 08.1642) who married ...
  m. Patrick Sinclair, Lord (d 1615)
m2. Elizabeth Bellenden (dau of Sir John Bellenden of Auchnoull (by Janet Seton), widow of James Lawson of Humbie)
3. Catherine Cockburn
  m. (c20.12.1621) Sir James Makgill of Cranston Riddell, 1st Viscount Oxfuird (d 05.05.1663)
4. Helen Cockburn
  m. William Hay of Linplum
5. Jean Cockburn --
  m1. Sir John Murray of Touchadam ("kinsman")
  m2. Sir William Lauder of Haltoun --

Main source(s): 'The House of Cockburn of that Ilk and the Cadets thereof' (Thomas H. Cockburn-Wood, 1888, p111+)
[Components of this page were originally pulled together on a draft page on 08.06.06 based on references to this family in TSP plus cross-references from elsewhere in the database.]
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