From a Norse warrior there grew a clan which quickly prospered. Then the Cochranes almost died out, saved from extinction only by a wedding day promise. They confirmed their VIP status in Scotland and many went on to serve their country in a variety of exalted positions.
But in this distinguished clan one man stands above all else. A brilliant admiral – the inventor of the smokescreen and poison gas – his colourful life was captured in several famous works of fiction which continue to thrill us to this day.