Ancestry of the Cochrane clan can be traced back to a Viking invader who settled in Renfrewshire between the 8th and 10th centuries.
The Cochrane name itself is thought to be derived from two Gaelic words, meaning ‘the roar of battle’.
The first definite mention of the Cochrane name came in 1262 with a Waldev de Coveran and a William de Coveran is mentioned in the infamous Ragman Roll of 1296 in which the Scottish nobility and gentry subscribed allegiance to King Edward I of England as his army advanced north into the country.
The Cochrane family would build a castle at Dundonald in Ayrshire during the middle of the 14th century, the estates of which would come into their hands around 1638. It was from these lands that the 1st Earl of Dundonald, William Cochrane, took his title.
Later, the Cochrane name would hold great significance in South America where Thomas, the 10th Earl, would help secure the independence of Chile, Peru and Brazil as well as Greece back in Europe.
The current clan chief of Cochrane is Iain Alexander Douglas Blair Cochrane, 15th Earl of Dundonald and the family seat is at Lochnell Castle in Argyll.