Thomas Cochrane Scotland England China

Biography of Thomas Cochrane

Thomas Cochrane matriculation slip 1893-94
Thomas Cochrane matriculation slip 1893-94

Thomas Cochrane graduated MB CM from the University in 1896. He became a prominent medical missionary in China, where he was among one of the founders of the first school to teach Western Medicine to Chinese trainee doctors, the Peking Union Medical College.

Born in 1866 at Greenock, Cochrane joined the London Missionary Society in 1896. He and his wife were subsequently posted to Chaoyang, Liaoning Province, in northen China in 1897. Cochrane continued to promote missionary work upon his return to England in 1915, founding the Mildmay Movement for World Evangelisation. In 1920, in conjunction with Roland Allen, Cochrane published Missionary Survey as an Aid to Intelligent Co-operation in Foreign Mission, and in 1924 the Survey Application Trust was formed.

Cochrane died in Pinner, Middlesex.


Archival Materials

  • Addison, W. Innes, A Roll of the Graduates of the University of Glasgow from 31st December, 1727 to 31st Decmeber, 1897, with short biographical notes, Glasgow : J. MacLehose & Sons, 1898.
  • R3/1/1 Registers of dates of birth of graduates


Thomas Cochrane
Born 12 November 1866.
Died 1953.
GU Degree: MB CM, 1896;
University Link: Graduate
Occupation categories: missionaries; physicians
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
English snippet: Medical graduate of the University of Glasgow, medical missionary in China
Record last updated: 14th Jun 2013

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Greenock
Place of Birth

England England, Middlesex, Pinner
Place of Death

China China, Liaoning, Chaoyang

University Connections

University Roles