Today in 1860 saw the death of Thomas Cochrane, Earl of Dundonald, Scottish sailor, MP,
and eccentric. In his first 10 years in the navy, Cochrane led a series of successful
missions against the French. As an MP, he was an enthusiastic reformer and thorn in the
side of the Tory and naval establishments. When his uncle was found guilty of fraud, this
was used as an excuse to imprison him and to expel him from both Parliament and the navy.
After his release he left Britain and took command of the Chilean navy in their battle
against the Spanish, in which he was successful. He then repeated this feat for the
Brazilians. Eventually, changes in government allowed him to return home where he became
an admiral. His daring exploits at sea earned him the nickname, 'Sea Wolf'. A
plaque commemorates Cochrane in Anstruther, Fife.
October 31 1888
Pneumatic bicycle tyres were patented by inventor John Boyd Dunlop from Ayrshire.
October 31 1903
Hampden Park stadium opened in Glasgow as the home of Queen's Park Football Club
Joe Boyd Williams SRT
Cape Carancahua, Texas