Robert William Cochran-Patrick
Biography of Robert William Cochran-Patrick
Robert William Cochran-Patrick (1842-1897) was Dean of Faculties, 1882 to 1885. He was awarded an honorary LLD by the University in 1879.
Born at Ladyland in Ayrshire, Cochran-Patrick studied at the University of Edinburgh and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He returned to Ayrshire to live the life of a country gentleman and study archaeology. He became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and in 1874 he was one of the founders of the Ayrshire and Wigtownshire Archaeological Association. He was best known as a numismatist and he assembled one of the country's greatest collections of early Scottish coins and medals.
Cochran-Patrick was Conservative MP for North Ayrshire, 1880 to 1885.