Motion S5M-10002: Admiral Thomas Cochrane Crosses the Atlantic Once More

20 Jan 2018

That the Parliament welcomes the news that three bronze statues have begun their journey across the Atlantic to highlight the contribution that Admiral Thomas Cochrane, who was born in Hamilton and raised in Fife, made to the independence of Chile; understands that they are part of a set of four commissioned by Manuel Ibañez, who is a Chilean businessman; notes that they were sculpted by Leonie Gibbs, who is from from Cupar, and cast at the Black Isle Bronze Foundry in Nairn; understands that the pieces are one-and-a-half times life size and were commissioned to “have a powerful heartbeat”; notes that they are being installed at the Chilean naval academy in Valparaiso, Manuel’s farm and in the square of Cochrane, located alongside Lake Cochrane, with the other statue remaining in Scotland for Lochnell Castle in Oban, which is the home of the 15th Earl of Dundonald, who is descended from Cochrane; believes that Cochrane lived an exceptionally adventurous life, joining the Royal Navy aged 18 in 1793 and quickly proving himself and his disdain for authority; notes that he was court marshalled in 1798 for challenging an officer to a duel and was given the nickname “the Sea Wolf” by Napoleon; acknowledges that he was elected an MP on a ticket of Parliamentary reform before losing his seat and winning it again following his conviction in the so-called Great Stock Exchange Fraud of 1814; understands that he served in the Chilean, Brazilian and Greek navies during their independence wars, and believes that his story highlights the massive impact that Scots have had on events throughout the world and will no doubt continue to have in the future.