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The Earl of Dundonald
The Earl of Dundonald
Born (1852-10-29)October 29, 1852
Died April 12, 1935(1935-04-12) (aged 82)
Place of birth Britain
Place of death Britain
Buried at Achnaba Churchyard, Ardchattan near Benderloch, Lorndisambiguation needed, Argyll & Bute
Allegiance British/Canada
Service/branch Canadian Militia
Years of service 1870-?
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada
Battles/wars Mahdist War
Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Lieutenant-General Douglas Mackinnon Baillie Hamilton Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald KCB KCVO (29 October 1852 – 12 April 1935), styled Lord Cochrane between 1860 and 1885, was a Scottish representative peer and a British Army general.

Background

Cochrane was the second but eldest surviving son of Thomas Cochrane, 11th Earl of Dundonald, by Louisa Harriet Mackinnon, daughter of William Alexander Mackinnon. Thomas Cochrane, 1st Baron Cochrane of Cults, was his younger brother.[1]

Military career

Cochrane was commissioned into the Life Guards in 1870.[2] He served in the Nile Expedition[2] the Desert March and the Relief of Khartoum in 1885.[3] He was appointed Commanding Officer of 2nd Life Guards in 1895.[2]

He served in the Second Boer War and in 1899 he was appointed Commander of the Mounted Brigade, part of the South Natal Field Force.[2] He took part in the Relief of Ladysmith in February 1900,[2] although his South African troops, unimpressed by his leadership, referred to him as “Dundoodle”.[4] He was appointed General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada in 1902.[2] He served in World War I as Chairman of the Admiralty Committee on Smoke Screens in 1915.[2] He is buried in Achnaba Churchyard, Ardchattan near Benderloch, Lorndisambiguation needed, Argyll & Bute. Dundonald Park, in Centretown, Ottawa, Ontario, is named after him.

Family

Lord Dundonald married Winifred Bamford-Hesketh, daughter of Robert Bamford-Hesketh, in 1878. They had two sons and three daughters. The family lived for many years at Gwrych Castle in North Wales, the seat of the Bamford-Hesketh family. The Countess of Dundonald died in January 1924. Lord Dundonald died in April 1935, aged 82, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Thomas.[1]

See also

  • Earl of Dundonald
  • Clan Cochrane

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 [thepeerage.com Lt.-Gen. Douglas Mackinnon Baillie Hamilton Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "King's College London Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives entry". http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lhcma/locreg/COCHRANE1.shtml. Retrieved 3 May 2006. 
  3. The Peerage.com
  4. Farrar-Hockley 1974, p43

External links

Books Used for Citations

  • Farrar-Hockley, General Sir Anthony (1975). Goughie. London: Granada. ISBN -0246640596. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Richard O'Grady Haly
General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada
1902–1904
Succeeded by
Sir Percy Lake
(as Chief of the General Staff (Canada))
Preceded by
The Lord Grenfell
Colonel of the 2nd Regiment of Life Guards
1907–1919
Succeeded by
Sir Cecil Bingham
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Thomas Barnes Cochrane
Earl of Dundonald
1885–1935
Succeeded by
Thomas Hesketh Douglas Blair Cochrane


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