Abbreviations:

b. = born

bap. = baptised

c. = christened

c/m = marriage contract

d. = died

d. vita patris = died in the father's lifetime

dsp(decessit sine prole) died without issue

m. = married

COCKBURN

OF NEWBIGGING & CLERKINGTON

 

Patrick Cockburn of Newbigging, of uncertain parentage but is said, without evidence, to be descended from Patrick de Cockburn, younger son of Sir Alexander de Cockburn, 1st of Langton, who is named in the remainder of a charter in 1423. He was the baillie of the Temple lands within the constabulary of Haddington and in that capacity he gave a testimonial on 6 December 1455 relative to a Sasine in favour of Archibald de Hepburn of Thrynstone for the lands of East Fortune.[1] He was a member of the inquest to determine the dispute relating to the marches between the lands of Blair and Banchry on 12 January 1464[2] and was “justiciar south of the Forth” in a perambulation of the marches of the lands of Waughton and East Fordoun on 28 July 1469.[3] He d. after then and before June 1471, and was father of,

James Cockburn of Newbigging and Clerkington, had succeeded by 17 June 1471 when he was wintess to a charter by John Brown of Cummercolstone granting the lands of Little Kettleston, in Linlithgowshire, to Roland Brown, his son,[4] and on 3 July following he rendered his accounts as sheriff of Haddington.[5] He is the first of the family to be found under the designation “of Clerkington” and appears so-styled when witness to a charter by Alexander Barcar, Vicar of Petynane, to the parish church of Haddington on 12 November 1477.[6] He d. before May 1505 and was father of,

  1. Thomas Cockburn of Newbigging, (see below).
  2. James Cockburn, who, on 14 February 1484, was charged with treasonably holding the castle of Crichton against the king.[7]

Thomas Cockburn of Newbigging, had succeeded by 28 May 1505 when he was witness to a charter by Adam Hepburn of Craigs.[8] He d. by May of 1530 and was father of,

Patrick Cockburn of Clerkington, succeeded his father by 16 May 1530 when he was a member of the inquest at the retour of James Crichton of Cranstonriddell as heir to his father, Patrick Crichton,[9] and was served heir to his father in the lands of Cramil on 12 February 1535.[10] He had a charter from the Abbot of Cambuskenneth for the liferent of the lands of Clerkington to himself and his son and heir, Patrick, in fee, on 20 February 1541[11] and d. by 1567. He was father of,

  1. Patrick Cockburn of Newbigging and Clerkington, (see below).
  2. James Cockburn, is styled son of the late Patrick Cockburn of Clerkington when he had a pension in March 1564.[12]

Patrick Cockburn of Newbigging and Clerkington, to whom the fee of the lands of Clerkington were assigned in a charter to himself and his father on 20 February 1541.[13] He m. Elizabeth Danielston, with whom he is named in a Decreet Arbitral with James Hamilton of Kincavil on 22 November 1555,[14] and d. at Edinburgh, on 6 January 1575.[15] He was father of,

  1. John Cockburn of Clerkington, (see below).
  2. James Cockburn, is styled brother german to John Cockburn of Clerkington when he had a gift of the prebend of Kilmoir, in Brechin cathedral, to enable him to “bettir gif attendance to studie.”[16] He was appointed to the parsonage and vicarge of Ayr on 16 February 1573/4[17] and was witness to a charter by Thomas Otterburn of Reidhall granting the lands of Reidhall to Mr. John Skene, Clerk of the Rolls, and Helen Somerville, his wife, in February 1598 in which he is styled brother to John Cockburn of Clerkington.[18]
  3. Thomas Cockburn, had a charter for a tenement and garden in the lands of Nungait on 30 January 1590 and in which he is styled brother german to John Cockburn of Clerkington.[19]
  4. Agnes Cockburn, m. James Hamilton of Peill and Livingston, (c/m November 1563[20]), and had issue.

John Cockburn of Clerkington, is styled son and apparent heir to Patrick Cockburn of Clerkington when witness with his father, to a charter by Sir Robert Lauder of Popill granting the lands of Stenvston to William Maitland, younger of Lethington, and Mary Fleming, his wife, on 13 June 1569.[21] He m. firstly, to Helen, daughter of Sir Richard Maitland of Lethington, with whom he is named with their son, Richard, in a contract with Thomas Fawside of that Ilk dated 20 May 1583,[22] and was father of,

  1. Sir Richard Cockburn of Clerkington, (see below).
  2. Isobel Cockburn, m. David Crichton, eldest son and apparent heir of Patrick Crichton of Lugton, (c/m 23 January 1590[23]).
  3. Mariote Cockburn, m. Thomas Otterburn, only son and heir of Thomas Otterburn of Reidhall, (c/m 22 & 28 January 1593.[24] He was widow of Elizabeth, daughter of James Heriot of Trabroun, whom he had m. by c/m 17 March 1588[25]).

He m. secondly, to Sybilla, daughter of John Cockburn of Ormiston,[26] (she was widow of Sir William Sincalir of Hermandston, whom she had m. by c/m 23 January 1566[27]).

Sir Richard Cockburn of Clerkington, led a successful career in law aided, undoubtedly, by his maternal relations. He was appointed Secretary of State on 22 April 1591 in succession to his uncle, Sir John Maitland, and had a letter of presentation from the King as an Ordinary Lord of Session on 25 October of that same year. He was appointed a Privy Councillor in 1610 and was appointed to the High Court of Justiciary although he was removed on 14 February 1626. He d. on 22 September 1627,[28] having married firstly, or at least he had contracted on 20 May & 3 July 1583, to marry Sara, daughter of Thomas Fawside of that Ilk.[29] He had m. after 26 April 1588, when she was unmarried,[30] and by 11 June 1596, to Barbara, daughter of Henry, 5th Lord Sinclair, when they had a charter for the lands of Kirkhill, in Linlithgowshire,[31] and had m. again, to Margaret Cockburn by 31 July 1614 when they disponed their lands of Kirkhill to Sir William Oliphant of Newton and Mr William Oliphant, his second son.[32] By these wives he was father of,

  1. John Cockburn, bap. at Edinburgh, on 3 April 1605.
  2. William Cockburn, bap. at Edinburgh, on 27 August 1609.
  3. Patrick Cockburn, bap. at Edinburgh, on 7 March 1613 and d. in infancy.
  4. Patrick Cockburn of Clerkington, (see below).
  5. Jean Cockburn, bap. at Edinburgh, on 11 April 1599.
  6. Anna Cockburn, bap. at Edinburgh, on 28 March 1604.
  7. Helen Cockburn, bap. at Edinburgh, on 23 December 1606 and m. Sir Alexander Murray, 2nd Baronet of Blackbarony, (c/m 24 July 1629.[33] He survived her and m. secondly, by c/m 22 & 23 July 1642, to Margaret, daughter of John Murray of Halmyre, by whom he had further issue).
  8. Jean Cockburn, m. James Pringle of Torwoodlee, (c/m at Edinburgh, on 31 March 1621.[34] He survived her and m. secondly, on 6 January 1629, to Janet, daughter of Sir Lewis Craig of Riccarton[35]).
  9. Margaret Cockburn, bap. at Edinburgh, on 5 March 1612.

Patrick Cockburn of Clerkington, bap. at Edinburgh, on 20 November 1614, is styled a minor in his father’s Testament in 1627 and was served heir to him in the lands of Clerkington on 23 December 1628.[36] He m. on 23 June 1637, to Margaret, daughter of James, Master of Cranston, d.  in October 1656[37] and was father of,

  1. Richard Cockburn of Clerkington, (see below).
  2. James Cockburn,
  3. William Cockburn, bap. at Haddington, on 28 December 1653.

Richard Cockburn of Clerkington, succeeded his father in 1656 and had a charter under the Great Seal for the lands of Clerkington on 5 March 1679. He m. on 17 November 1670, to Jean, daughter of John Cockburn of Ormiston,[38] and was father of,

  1. Patrick Cockburn of Clerkington, bap. at Haddington, on 27 July 1672 and succeeded his father. He dsp in October 1710,[39] his nephew, Richard Cockburn, being served heir to him on 20 August 1716.
  2. John Cockburn, bap. at Haddington, on 29 July 1673 and was, in all probability, father of,

2a} Richard Cockburn of Clerkington, of uncertain parentage but certainly a son of one of the younger brothers of Patrick Cockburn of Clerkington. He was served heir to that uncle in the lands of Clerkington on 7 November 1716[40] and dsp at Clerkington, on 7 November 1760,[41] being succeeded by a cousin, Patrick Cockburn, (see below).

  1. Adam Cockburn, bap. at Haddington, on 11 May 1676.
  2. Richard Cockburn, bap. at Haddington, on 9 May 1679.
  3. William Cockburn, bap. at Haddington, on 4 November 1680.
  4. Charles Cockburn, bap. at Haddington, on 3 April 1684.
  5. Archibald Cockburn, bap. at Haddington, on 3 July 1685.
  6. Margaret Cockburn, bap. at Haddington, on 24 August 1671 and m. on 25 February 1698, to Gideon Murray, Merchant in Edinburgh.
  7. Jean Cockburn, bap. at Haddington, on 28 October 1674 and d. young.
  8. Agnes Cockburn, bap. at Haddington, on 24 November 1678.
  9. Catherine Cockburn, bap. at Haddington, on 10 May 1681.
  10. Jean Cockburn, bap. at Haddington, on 3 July 1685.

Patrick Cockburn of Clerkington, whose parentage is unknown although he was so nearly related to Richard Cockburn of Clerkington as to be served heir male and of line to him in the lands of Clerkington on 10 June 1761,[42] for which he had a confirmation under the Great Seal on 6 August 1761. He m. Jean, daughter of Mr Joseph Williamson, Advocate, (she survived him and m. secondly, at Leven Lodge, near Edinburgh, on 22 January 1771, to Dr. Blinsall, Minister at Dunbar[43]), in right of whom he was admitted to Burgess of Edinburgh on 10 September 1761,[44] and dsp on Wednesday 29 April 1767.[45]

 

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[1] GD3/1/11/30/1.

[2] Acta Dom Conc.

[3] GD364/1/336.

[4] C2/7/138.

[5] Ex. Rolls. Vol. VIII. P. 29.

[6] C2/8/64.

[7] Acta Dom Conc. See Pareliamentary Register of that date.

[8] C2/14/244.

[9] GD40/3/494.

[10] Laing Charters, No. 398.

[11] C2/28/71.

[12] PS1/33/3.

[13] C2/28/71.

[14] RD1/1/239.

[15] CC8/8/6/557.

[16] PS44/16v.

[17] Reg. Privy Seal Vol. VI. No. 2820.

[18] C2/51/523.

[19] C2/37/376.

[20] Protocol Book of Nicol Thounis. No. 151.

[21] C2/32/110.

[22] RD1/21/192.

[23] C2/38/198.

[24] C2/40/155.

[25] RD1/44/346.

[26] RD1/109.

[27] RD1/9/11.

[28] CC8/8/54/597.

[29] RD1/21/192 & 193.

[30] RMS 1593-1608. No. 214.

[31] C2/41/102.

[32] C2/47/380.

[33] GD32/2/13.

[34] NRAS482/31/29.

[35] OPR – Edinburgh.

[36] C22/10/132.

[37] Edinburgh Tests.

[38] OPR – Edinburgh.

[39] Date of death narrated in the service of his nephew, Richard Cockburn, as heir to him in 1716.

[40] Services of Heirs.

[41] Scots Magazine, 3rd November 1710 edition.

[42] Services of Heirs.

[43] Caledonian Mercury, 23rd January 1771 edition.

[44] SRS Edinburgh Burgess register.

[45] Scots Magazine, 1st April 1767 edition & Caledonian Mercury, 2nd May 1767 edition.

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Arms of Cockburn of Clerkington
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