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John Douglas Cochran

Registration number 20150316I

This certifies that the heraldic arms of John Douglas Cochran are registered as an original design and described by the blazon below

Arms: Argent a bear rampant Sable armed and langued Gules between three boar's heads erased Azure armed Argent placed two and one all within a double tressure thistle-counter thistle Gules.
Crest: A stallion forcené Argent.
Mantling: Sable and Argent
Motto: Fortunam Meam Facio (I make my fate)


The arms were designed by and the Deputy Director of the South African Bureau of Heraldry Mr. Marcel van Rossum, OMBB and the armiger. The arms are keeping in the Scottish tradition by incorporating aspects of the arms of the Chief of the Name Cochrane, represents the armiger, and is a message to the armigers family of his expectations and ideals.

The black bear is the state animal of the armiger's native state, as well as the bear representing the attributes of the armiger's military career and philosophy on family. The boars are taken from the Chief of Clan Cochrane's arms but also represent the necessary virtues of bravery and tenacity. The tressure of thistle-counter-thistle has the double meaning of protecting what is important, as well as protecting the Scottish heritage and history. The colour silver (Argent) was chosen represent sincerity as well as to match the Chief of Clan Cochrane's arms. Finally, the colour red (Gules) of the tressure represents the military strength and echos the red of the Chief's chevron.

The crest is a stallion forcené represents the ready and willingness to be deployed for defense of the country. The stallion also echoes that of the Chief of Clan Cochrane.

The Motto, "Fortunam Meam Facio" (I make my fate) is the personal motto of the armiger and his spouse. It is the family's personal belief that everything they have or will have in life will be of their making and not given. Additionally, this motto answers the Chief's motto in Scottish tradition. With Courage and Effort, I make my fate. It was later discovered by the armiger that this saying was also said by the great Shawnee War Chief Tecumseh when he stated, "It is true I am a Shawnee. My forefathers were warriors. Their son is a warrior. From them I take only my existence; from my tribe I take nothing. I am the maker of my own fortune." Tecumseh was born and lived in both the armiger and his spouse's native state which made the motto even more apropos.


  • South African Bureau of Heraldry: Government Notice 541 in Government Gazette 35517 of July 20th, 2012
  • Registration in the Armorial Register International Registration of Arms

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John Douglas Cochran


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