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Families covered: Cockburn of Eyemouth, Cockburn in Jamaica, Cockburn of Langton

Two or three branches of Cockburns achieved the honour of a baronetcy - the Cockburns 'of that ilk', those of Langton, and possibly those of Ryslaw - whilst those of Ormiston and Clerkington also achieved a position of eminence in Scotland. We have yet to find a reliable source for the Cockburns of Ormiston, Clerkington & Hendlerland but have pulled together a draft page on them. Unfortunately, the reported pedigrees of the other branches show some conflict between sources. There appear to have been significant changes to certain sections of the recorded pedigrees in the early 20th century, presumably following further investigation. We have managed to pull together enough information on the 3 lines of baronets to justify releasing 2 pages into the database but it is a presumption that, for example, the information found in BP1934 should in some cases be followed instead of that given in TCB (and BP1870). We would have supported TCB over BP1934 were it not for the fact that the information in BP1934 was repeated in BP1999 and we presume that the Cockburn family would have ensured by then that Burke's gave the most likely version. However, we remain nervous on this because TCB, which reports that "The pedigrees of Cockburn are most contradictory", appears to have made effort to obtain the correct view and to have taken into account some worthy research. Those concerns relate mainly to Cockburn2 rather than this page which, apart from doubts about the sons of Sir William who was killed at Flodden, seems reasonably secure.
Alexander de Cockburn of Carriden (a 1358)
m. Mary de Viteri Ponte (Vipont or Weapont)
1. Sir Alexander de Cockburn of Langton (a 1390)
  A. ?? Cockburn
  i. ?? Cockburn
  (1) This might be the Alexander Cockburn of Langton who married Margaret Dundas, dau of Alexander Dundas of Fingask.
(2) 3rd in descent from Sir Alexander (a 1390) was ...
  a. Sir William Cockburn of Langton (d Flodden 09.09.1513)
BP1870 (Cockburn of Cockburn and Ryslaw) identifies Sir William's wife as Lady Anna Home, dau. of the Earl of Home, but (perhaps having noted that there was no Earl of Home until 1604/5) BP1934 and BP1999 describe her as just Anna Home. TCB identifies her as ...
  m. Anna Home (dau of Alexander, Lord Home)
Subject to some concern that what appears to be a junior branch of the family appears to have been called 'of that ilk', perhaps because they obtained an epnoymous estate, we follow BP1934 (Cockburn of that ilk) which is consistent with BP1870 (Cockburn of Langton) which avoids the disputed generations.
  (1) Alexander Cockburn (d Flodden 09.09.1513)
  (A) (Sir) James Cockburn of Langton
  (i) William Cockburn of Langton (d 15.02.1587)
  m. Janet Home (dau of Sir David Home of Wedderburn)
  (a) Sir William Cockburn, 1st Bart of Langton (d c12.1628)
TCB identifies this Sir William as the 1st Baronet but BP1870 identifies his son William as the one who obtained that honour. The line failed before 1934 and so does not appear in BP1934. We follow TCB and so henceforth disagree with BP1870 as to the numberings.
  m. (c1600) Helen Elphinstone (b 1589, bur 04.02.1675, dau of Alexander Elphinstone, 4th Lord)
  ((1)) Sir William Cockburn, 2nd Bart of Langton (a 1641) - continued below
  m. Margaret Acheson (dau of Sir Archibald Acheson, 1st Bart, by Agnes Vernor)
  ((2)) John Cockburn probably of this generation
  m. Isobel Mowat (b 1621, bur 1663, dau of Roger Mowat)
  (2) William Cockburn 'of that ilk' of Cockburn
  m. (before 30.12.1530) Isobel Home (dau of Sir David Home of Wedderburn)
  (3) Christopher Cockburn of Chouslie
  BP1934 notes that Christopher was possibly brother not son of Sir William.



Sir William Cockburn, 2nd Bart of Langton (a 1641) - continued above
m. Margaret Acheson (dau of Sir Archibald Acheson, 1st Bart, by Agnes Vernor)
1. Sir William Cockburn, 3rd Bart of Langton (d before 12.1657) not mentioned by BP1870 which identifies Archibald as the only son
2. Sir Archibald Cockburn, 4th Bart of Langton (bur 28.06.1705)
  m1. Marion Sinclair (dau of John Sinclair, younger of Stevenson)
A. Archibald Cockburn (dvp)
  m. Elizabeth Mackenzie (d 07.1717, dau of Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh)
  i. Sir Archibald Cockburn, 5th Bart of Langton (b 16.11.1687, d unm bur 18.02.1709/10, 2nd son)
  ii.+ other issue - George (dsp), Mary (d unm), Elizabeth (d unm)
  B. Sir Alexander Cockburn, 6th Bart of Langton ( c05.1739)
  m. Mary Ancrum (dau of William Ancrum of Duns)
  i. Archibald Cockburn (dvp 01.1735)
  m. (11.04.1719) Mary Campbell (d 08.1725, dau of John Campbell, Earl of Breadalbane)
  a. Sir Alexander Cockburn, 7th Bart of Langton (dsp Fontenoy 1745)
  b. Harriet Cockburn (d 29.07.1757)
  m. (16.01.1746) Sir David Kinloch
ii. William Cockburn of Ayton or Eyemouth
  m. Frances Cockburn (dau of James Cockburn of Jamaica) @1@ below
  a. Alexander Cockburn (d unm before 04.1745)
  b. Sir James Cockburn of Eyemouth, 8th Bart of Langton (b c1729, d 22/6.07.1804)
  m1. (1755) Mary Douglas (d 05.04.1766, dau of Henry Douglas of Friarshaw, niece of Sir James, Bart of Springwood Park)
  (1) Harriet Jane Cockburn
  m. James Nicholas Duntze (son of Sir John, Bart)
  (2)+ other issue (d unm) - Mary, Frances
m2. (10.07.1769) Augusta Anne Ayscough (b c1749, d 14.11.1837, dau of Francis Ayscough, Dean of Bristol (by Anne, dau of Sir Thomas Lyttleton, 4th Bart), niece of George, Lord Lyttleton)
  (4) Sir James Cockburn, 7th Bart, Governor of the Bermudas (b 21.03.1771, d 26.02.1852, Major General) had issue (1 dau)
  m. (14.10.1801) Marianna Devereux (d 09.12.1847, dau of George Devereux, 13th Viscount Hereford)
  (5) Sir George Cockburn, 8th Bart (b 22.04.1772, d 19.08.1853, Admiral) had issue (1 dau)
  m. (28.11.1809) Mary Cockburn (d 20.01.1859, dau of Thomas Cockburn) @2@ below
  (6) Sir William Cockburn, 9th Bart (d 30.04.1858, Dean of York) had issue
  m1. Elizabeth Peel (d 1828, dau of Sir Robert Peel, Bart)
  m2. (sp) Emma Pearse (dau of Lt. Col. _ Pearse)
  (7) Alexander Cockburn (d 14.10.1852) had issue
m. Yolande (d 1810, dau of Viscomte de Vignier of St. Domingo)
  (8) Sir Francis Cockburn, Governor of Honduras (d 24.08.1868, General)
  m. (1804) Alicia Sandys (d 1854, dau of Rev. Richard Sandys by Frances Alicia Bennet)
  (9) Anna Augusta Cockburn
  m. (1807) Charles Hawkins (rector of Kelston, prebendary of York)
  c. Mary Cockburn
  d. Sarah Cockburn probably of this generation
  m. George Turnbull of Houndwood HNouse (d c1783)
  (1) Sarah Turnbull (bpt 11.06.1730)
  m. (02.04.1768) William Dunbar of Dunes and/or Fulfordlees (d 1805)
  C. James Cockburn (d 1718 in Jamaica, MD)
  i. William Cockburn (dsp)
  ii. Thomas Cockburn
  m. Rachael Matin
  a. James Cockburn
  m. Sarah Seymour
  (1) Charles Cockburn
(A) George Alexander Cockburn of Charlemont, Jamaica
  b. Martin Cockburn (dsp)
  c. Thomas Cockburn
  m. Mary Aylward
  (1) Sarah Cockburn
  m. C. Ross (Admiral, RN)
  (2) Frances Cockburn
  m. Charles James Sims of Jamaica
  (A) Frances Cockburn Sims (d 27.01.1856)
  m. (21.10.1837) George Arthur Annesley, 'Viscount Valentia' (b 20.10.1793, dvpsp 16.03.1841)
  (3) Mary Cockburn (d 20.01.1859)
  m. (28.11.1809) Sir George Cockburn, Bart (b 22.04.1772, d 19.08.1853, Admiral) @2@ above
  (4)+ other issue (dsp) - Thomas, James
iii. Frances Cockburn
  m. William Cockburn of Ayton @1@ above
  iv. Sarah Cockburn
  m. G. Turnbull of Houndwood
  D. Anne Cockburn
  m. Sir G. Stewart of Grandtully
  E. Helen Cockburn probably of this generation
  m. (1692) Sir Robert Steuart, 1st Bart of Allanbank (b 1643, d 1707)
  F. Elizabeth Cockburn (dsp 26.07.1693) probably of this generation
  m. Alexander Fraser, 5th of Strichen (d 03.11.1699)
  m2. Anne Stewart (b 1661, dau of Sir Thomas Stewart of Cultness by Margaret Elliott
3. Jean Cockburn probably of this generation
  m. Thomas Mackenzie of Pluscardine (d before 05.1687)
4. Helen Cockburn probably of this generation
  m. Alexander Dunbar of West Grange (d before 03.1642)
5. Isabella Cockburn probably of this generation
  m. (mcrt 10.09.1635) Sir John Rollo of Bannockburn (b 22.02.1602, d 1666)

Main source(s): BP1870 (Cockburn of Langton), TCB (vol ii, Cockburn of Langton)
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