Douglas Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald
|The Earl of Dundonald|
The Earl of Dundonald
|Born||29 October 1852
Banff, Scotland, United Kingdom
|Died||12 April 1935 (aged 82)
Wimbledon, London, England, United Kingdom
|Buried at||Achnaba Churchyard, Ardchattan near Benderloch, Argyll & Bute|
|Years of service||1870-?|
|Commands held||General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada|
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.
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. He was educated at Eton College.
Cochrane was commissioned into the Life Guards in 1870. He served in the Nile Expedition the Desert March and the Relief of Khartoum in 1885. He was appointed Commanding Officer of 2nd Life Guards in 1895.
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. He took part in the Relief of Ladysmith in February 1900, although his South African troops, unimpressed by his leadership, referred to him as “Dundoodle”. He was appointed General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada in 1902. He served in World War I as Chairman of the Admiralty Committee on Smoke Screens in 1915. He is buried in Achnaba Churchyard, Ardchattan near Benderloch, Lorne, Argyll & Bute. Dundonald Park, in Centretown, Ottawa, Ontario, is named after him.
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 at his home in Wimbledon in April 1935, aged 82, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, Thomas.
- [thepeerage.com Lt.-Gen. Douglas Mackinnon Baillie Hamilton Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald]
- Dundee Courier. 13 April 1935. p. 7.
- "King's College London Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives entry". Retrieved 3 May 2006.
- The Peerage.com
- Farrar-Hockley 1974, p43
- The London Gazette: . 24 December 1901.
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Books Used for Citations
Sir Richard O'Grady Haly
|General Officer Commanding the Militia of Canada
Sir Percy Lake
(as Chief of the General Staff (Canada))
The Lord Grenfell
|Colonel of the 2nd Regiment of Life Guards
Sir Cecil Bingham
|Peerage of Scotland|
Thomas Barnes Cochrane
|Earl of Dundonald
Thomas Hesketh Douglas Blair Cochrane