Basil Cochrane - Commissioner of Excise

Basil Cochrane

Born 1701
Died Oct 02, 1788


Commissioner Cochrane


Son of William Cochrane of Ochiltree, and Mary Bruce. Brother of James Boswell's maternal grandmother, Euphemia (d. 1721). Longtime army officer. Governor of the Isle of Man (1751-1761). Commissioner of Excise in Scotland (1761), Commissioner of Customs in Scotland (1764).

Life with Boswell: 

Boswell breakfasted with Cochrane, "a man of great common sense and prudence"1, on October 30, 1762. Cochrane was Boswell's grand-uncle, and the two had a fairly close relationship.

  • 1. According to Boswell's journal