William Cochrane, 1st Earl of Dundonald
William Cochrane of Coldoun, who was knighted by Charles I, acquired the estate of Dundonald in 1638. He was created Baron Cochrane of Dundonald in 1647. The part he had taken in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, is evidenced by the proceedings of the Presbytery of Ayr, which, on 28 February 1649, debarred "Lord Cochrane" from renewing the Solemn League and Covenant, he having "been a Colonel in the late unlawful rebellion, and having went to Ireland to bring over forces," etc.
In 1654 he was fined in £5,000 by Cromwell's Act of Pardon and Grace. In 1669, he was made a Commissioner of the Treasury and Exchequer, and created Baron Cochrane, of Paisley and Ochiltree (having previously acquired the latter barony), and Earl of Dundonald, with remainder to the heirs-male of his body, failing which, to tho eldest heirs-female of his body without division, and the heirs-male of such heirs-female, bearing the name and arms of Cochrane. Cochrane was an active freemason.
In 1684 the Earl was accused, in his old age, of having kept a chaplain with his dying son, who prayed for the success of these rebels in the west—those Covenanters who defeated Claverhouse at the Battle of Drumclog in 1679. The Earl died in 1686, and was interred in the church of Dundonald.
- William, Lord Cochrane, who died, during the life of his father, in 1679, leaving issue by Katherine, daughter of John Kennedy, 6th Earl of Cassilis,
- Sir John, of Ochiltree, from whom Thomas, the eighth Earl was a descendant.
- Margaret, married, in 1676, to Alexander, 9th Earl of Eglinton, and had issue.
- Helen, married to John, 16th Earl of Sutherland, and had issue.
- Jean, married, first to John, 1st Viscount Dundee; secondly, to William, 3rd Viscount of Kilsyth, and had issue.
- Grizel, married George Ross, 11th Lord Ross.
- Kelsey, Sean (2006). "Cochrane, William, first earl of Dundonald (1605–1685)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
- Steve Murdoch (2010). "Conspiratorial Networks in the North? A Review of Jacobite and Hanoverian Freemasons in Scandinavia and Russia, 1688-1746". Politica Hermetica, 24 Sorbonne. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
- Henderson, Thomas Finlayson (1887). Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 11. London: Smith, Elder & Co. . In
- Paterson 1863, p. 445.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Paterson, James (1863). History of the counties of Ayr and Wigton. 1. J. Stillie. pp. 444, 445.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
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