James Cockburn (Royal Navy officer)

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James Cockburn
Born 1817
Died 10 February 1872
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held HMS Cossack
HMS Diadem
HMS Seringapatam
East Indies Station
Battles/wars Crimean War

Rear Admiral James Horsford Cockburn (1817 – 10 February 1872) was a Royal Navy officer who became Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station.

Naval career[edit]

Cockburn joined the Royal Navy in 1829.[1] Promoted to Captain in 1850, he commanded HMS Cossack in the Black Sea during the Crimean War, following by HMS Diadem and then HMS Seringapatam.[1] He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station in 1870.[1] He died in that office while travelling from Trincomalee to Calcutta in 1872.[1]


In 1852 he married Harriet Emily Gedge; they had one son and seven daughters.[2]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Leopold Heath
Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Cumming