Cochran-Patrick was the only son of William Charles Richard Cochran of Woodside, Beith, Ayrshire and his wife Agnes Cochran daughter of William Cochran of Ladyland, Ayrshire. He was educated privately and then at the University of Edinburgh and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was a J.P. for Ayrshire and Renfrewshire and a Deputy Lieutenant for Ayrshire.
At the 1880 general election Cochran-Patrick was elected Member of Parliament for Ayrshire North. He held the seat until 1885. He was permanent under-secretary for Scotland from 1887 to 1892 when he retired owing to ill-health. He was vice-chairman of the Scottish Fishery Board in 1896.
In 1876 he published his first book, entitled 'Records of the Coinage of Scotland from the earliest Period to the Union,' in 2 volumes.
Cochran-Patrick died at the age of 55.
Cochran-Patrick married Eleanora Hunter daughter of Robert Hunter of Hunter Ayrshire in 1866.
- "Cochran-Patrick, Robert WIlliam (PTRK861RW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Debretts House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1881
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Sidney Lee, ed. (1901). "Cochran-Patrick, Robert William". Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Robert Cochran-Patrick
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1874 – 1880
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