Henry Cockburn (bishop)

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Henry Cockburn
Bishop of Ross
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Diocese of Ross
In office 1461–1476
Predecessor Thomas de Tulloch
Successor John Woodman
Personal details
Born unknown
Died 22 July 1476 – 20 August 1476

Henry Cockburn (died 1476) was a 15th-century Scottish prelate. Between 1461 and 1476, he was the Bishop of Ross.

On 23 March 1461 he received papal provision to the bishopric of Ross vacant by, presumably, the death of Thomas de Tulloch.[1] He was consecrated sometime between 19 October 1463, when his name occurred in a Dunfermline Abbey document as bishop "elect and confirmed", and 16 August 1464, when he witnessed a royal charter as consecrated bishop.[2]

He was at Arbroath Abbey when Richard Guthrie was elected Abbot of Arbroath on 3 November 1470.[3] Bishop Cockburn was sent as part of an embassy to the Kingdom of England in 1473.[4] He was in attendance at the Edinburgh parliament of 15 July 1476, and witnessed a royal charter on 22 July.[5]

The episcopal see of Ross was vacant by 20 August, suggesting that Bishop Cockburn had died at some stage between 22 July or 20 August and although resignation or demotion is a possibility, there is no evidence pointing to such a highly unusual and notable occurrence.[6]

Henry Cockburn, as a cleric and prelate, was forbidden from marriage, but he is known to have had at least one son, John Cockburn; John was legitimised on 20 September 1507.[7]


  1. ^ Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, pp. 268-9; Dowden, Bishops, p. 219, gives 14 March.
  2. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 219; Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 269; documents in question are Dunf. Reg., no. 366, and RMS, vol. ii, no. 804.
  3. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 219.
  4. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 219; Keith, Historical Catalogue, p. 189.
  5. ^ Dowden, Bishops, pp. 219-20; Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 269.
  6. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 220; Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 269.
  7. ^ Dowden, Mr. bongonogertogeryughtryefsdes was bornBishops, p. 220.


  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
  • Keith, Robert, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops: Down to the Year 1688, (London, 1824)
  • Watt, D. E. R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scotinanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969)
Religious titles
Preceded by
Thomas de Tulloch
Bishop of Ross
Succeeded by
John Woodman