Cochranes of Calderglen

This is the Cochrane family of Calderglen, Blantyre. A remarkable photo from the early 1890’s likely taken at Calderglen estate. Pictured is JR Cochrane the head of the household with wide Mary-Anne Howden together with their son and six daughters.

This was not the typical Blantyre family that most of us would think of when we think of a mining village. A wealthy family and far removed from the world of coal mining, which provided income for most male Blantyre inhabitants of the time. The family photo has a ‘sporty’ feel. The tennis rackets, the hunting glove, dogs and walking sticks suggesting outdoor activities. Jacqueline Lindsay a relation of this family has provided some good detail regarding each of the people pictured.

John Richard COCHRANE (Muslin Manufacturer) JP, is the man with the beard at the back. He was born 5 Dec 1827 and died 6th Mar 1921.

JR Cochrane bought Calderglen, Blantyre.  C.1872-76 . Added porters lodge and dairy. Built chapel afterwards following his son Pelham’s death in 1884.

On 30th April 1856, he married Mary -Anne Charlotte Howden, pictured in front of him. Born in 1828, she died on 31 October 1915 and was known as ‘wee granny’. She looks rather bored in this photo, perhaps a reflection on the time it took for everybody to pose and sit still. She looks very much like she wants to be elsewhere at the time of the photo. She is the older woman with her hand resting on the back of her daughter towards the middle of the picture.

JR Cochrane and Mary -Anne Howden had 8 children. Two boys and six girls and aside from one of the sons who died, they are all pictured.

1 . (James) Richmond Inglis – b.1857 m.1891 Effie Rose ANDREWS b 1870 d 1917 from Saratoga USA d.o.Capt James Madison Andrews, lawyer, USA Had issue:
a) Capt James Richmond Pelham Inglis b 1893 of 15th Lancers (known as Pelham)
b) Ellis Rosemary b 1908,  became Raymond in c.1948

2.  Laura – b.1859 d.27 Dec 1950 – Lived at Calder Glen until 1921 when father died, then moved to a flat 11 Ramsay Gardens, Edinburgh near the castle. Never married.

3.  Adelaide b. 1860  married twice
m 1) Arthur HICKMAN ,he d. ?  had issue:
i) Violet
ii) Cathleen m. INGLIS-BARKER, had 2 sons
iii) Augusta, married but no children

m 2)  Rev. MORGAN daughter Rachel

4.  (Mary-Anne) Charlotte  b 9 Feb 1861 d. 21 May 1944 – Lived at Calder Glen like Laura, never married.  After Calder Glen was sold she moved to a flat in Montreux, Switzerland.  Belle Roches, Territet, Montreux. Lots of photos of her in photo album. (Aunt Cha)

5.  (Richard) Pelham Maitland b. 20 Jan 1863 d. 14 Jul 1884 – Killed on the railway aged 21. Lt. 3rd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. It was for Pelham that the Chapel was built at Calderglen. He is not pictured.

6.  Louisa b.1864 m. Harry HICKMAN who was an Army officer.  They had issue:

i) Cathleen m. INGLIS-BARKER, had 2 sons
iii) Augusta, married but no children

7. Victoria (“Queen”) b.30 Jun 1868 m. Humphreys Peare LINDSAY 11 Jul 1900.  At St Marys Episcopal Church, Hamilton.  At the time of her birth they were living at 206 Regent Street, Glasgow. Humphreys was living at St Andrews vicarage, Wandsworth Road, Battersea. It is thought Victoria died during the WW2 Blitz, falling down some stairs.

8. Muriel  E M  b 1872 the youngest child. She married George STOCKWELL. Had issue

i) Geordie                                                            
ii) Catherine – who lived near Mary-Anne

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