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Cochrane The Hon Sir Alexander Forester Inglis

Cochrane, The Hon. Sir Alexander Forester Inglis, British naval officer, son of Thomas, Earl of Dundonald, was born in 1758, and, having entered the royal navy, was signal lieutenant to Sir G. B. Rodney in the action with M. de Guichen in 1780, and was on that occasion wounded. As captain of the Thetis, 42, he took part in 1795 in a very gallant and successful action with five French vessels; and as captain of the Ajax, 80, he accompanied, in 1800, the expeditions against Quiberon, Belleisle, and Ferrol, and shared in the subsequent debarkation of the army in Egypt. In 1802 he entered Parliament for the Stirling Burghs, but upon the renewal of the war in 1803 he returned to active service, and in 1804 became rear-admiral. From 1805 to 1810 he commanded-in-chief on the Leeward Islands station, participating in Sir John Duckworth's complete victory off St. Domingo and in the reduction of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, Martinique, and Guadeloupe. He had, in 1809, become a vice-admiral. In 1813 he was made commander-in-chief in North America, where, by forces under his orders, the coast was blockaded and Washington was destroyed. He came home in 1815, was promoted to be admiral in 1819, was port-admiral at Plymouth from 1821 to 1824, and died in 1832, being at the time a G.C.B.