Son of William Cockburn of Skirling
I'm not related but I found this and want to pass it on.
2 Son of William Cockburn of Skirling. " He had a sasine in 1668 of some portions of
the lands of Peilflat, in the parish of Newbottle and regality of Dalkeith, on charter from
Wm., Earl of Lothian " ( The Souse of Cockburn of that Ilk and the Cadets thereof, by
T. Cockburn-Hood, pp. 252-253). Soon after the disbandment of the Laird of Hatton's
Troop, Major Wm. Cockburn was appointed Under-Lieutenant to the Troop of Life Guards
under the command of the Earl of Newburgh. The Privy Council, by decree dated 2 Sept.
1668, ordered Major Cockburn to march with a detachment of Life Guards to Galloway,
and parts adjacent, " to make search . . . for any of the rebells, or excepted persons, and to
persue them wherever they can be found." (See Appendix.) Major Cockburn appears to
have retired from the Life Guards in April, 1681. He probably entered the Militia, as at the
time of his death, which occurred at Stonie-flat, 6 June, 1683, he was styled Lieut.-Colonel.
His wife was Mary Melrose, and by her he had a son named William, also in the Army. In
Jan. 1692 this son was returned " haeres Vicecollonelli Gulielmi Cockburne de Standanflat
EPITAPH TO MAJOR WM. COCKBURN.
" Here lyes an honest heart, a valiant hand,
Knew both how to obey and to command,
A loving father, and an husband kind,
A souldier both in body and in mind ;
So stout that to the pale beholder's wonder
He durst encounter the amazing thunder.
And did the honour of the Scots advance ;
By Prowess both through Germany and France ;
His valour and his loyalty was seen
Against the rebels at the Rullzion Green.
He Hector and Ulysses both in one,
Knew to match valour with discretion ;
In point of honour when his spleen did rise,
He quell'd his foes by lightning from his eyes.
His martial frown it could at once controul,
And cure the lethargie of a coward's soul.
Nor did his worth alone consist in warrs,
In him Minerva joyned was with Mars ;
He owed a breast to which it did appeare,
Valour and Vertue native tenants were ;
Yea vertue sway'd her sceptre there, for both
He fear and baseness equally did loath.
And in his heart, which was a sign of grace,
God, and the Church, and King, had chiefest place ;
As King and Church did gratefully regard him,
So God hath call'd him home now to reward him.
Therefore let's modestly bewail our crosse,
Heaven's gain and his can never be our losse."
Scotish Elegiac Verset, 1629-1729, p. 34.