Archibald Cochrane (politician)

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Sir Archibald Douglas Cochrane

Governor of British Burma
In office
8 May 1936 – 6 May 1941
Preceded bySir Hugh Stephenson
Succeeded bySir Reginald Dorman-Smith
Member of Parliament
for Dunbartonshire
In office
17 March 1932 – 18 March 1936
Preceded byJohn Thom
Succeeded byThomas Cassells
Member of Parliament
for East Fife
In office
29 October 1924 – 30 May 1929
Preceded byJames Duncan Millar
Succeeded byJames Duncan Millar
Personal details
Born(1885-01-08)8 January 1885
Died16 April 1958(1958-04-16) (aged 73)
Political partyUnionist Party
RelationsSir Ralph Cochrane (brother)
MotherGertrude, Baroness Cochrane of Cults
FatherThomas Cochrane, 1st Baron Cochrane of Cults
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceRoyal Navy
Years of service1901–22
Battles/warsFirst World War
AwardsDistinguished Service Order & Bar
Mentioned in Despatches (3)

Captain Sir Archibald Douglas Cochrane, GCMG, KCSI, DSO & Bar (8 January 1885 – 16 April 1958) was a Scottish politician and naval officer.

Early life[edit]

The second son of Thomas Cochrane, 1st Baron Cochrane of Cults, he served with the Royal Navy as midshipman from 1901. In June 1902 he was posted to the battleship HMS London,[1] which was flagship for the Coronation Review for King Edward VII in August 1902 before she was posted to the Mediterranean Station later the same year. During the First World War he was mentioned in despatches three times, and awarded the Distinguished Service Order and Bar.

Political career[edit]

He was Unionist Member of Parliament (MP) for East Fife from 1924 until he lost the seat at the 1929 General Election. He then sat for Dunbartonshire from a 1932 by-election until 1936.

He was Governor of Burma from 1936 until 1941. He was also a director of Standard Life.

Personal life[edit]

In 1926 he married Julia Dorothy, daughter of Fiennes Cornwallis, 1st Baron Cornwallis. The couple had one son Douglas, and one daughter Mabel. [2]

He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India in 1936 and Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1937.


  1. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36751). London. 25 April 1902. p. 8.
  2. ^ "The Cochrane family". National Portrait Gallery.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Duncan Millar
Member of Parliament for East Fife
Succeeded by
James Duncan Millar
Preceded by
John Thom
Member of Parliament for Dunbartonshire
Succeeded by
Thomas Cassells
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Hugh Stephenson
Governor of British Crown Colony of Burma
Succeeded by
Sir Reginald Hugh Dorman-Smith