COCKBURN, PETER [SSNE 127]
Sir Patrick Cockurn entered Danish service in 1627 as a captain in command of a company garrisoned at Stade to April 1628. Cockburn was well considered at the British court, and authorised by Christian IV to levy 160 Danish soldiers for his company in Scania and in Sjælland between 9 and 28 April 1628. Cockburn was appointed lieutenant colonel on 9 May 1628 with effect from 20 March. On 21 May he was ordered with 400 men to meet with Christian IV at Copenhagen. However, an indictment was raised against him by Lord Spynie, and Christian IV gave the latter a testimonial that his indictment was correct and necessary according to the rules of the service (Spring 1628); Cockburn was found guilty of sodomy and imprisoned. He received his reckoning by autumn 1628, and remained in prison until after February 1630.
Register of the Privy Council of Scotland, 2nd Series VIII, pp.419-20; G. Lind, Danish Data Archive 1573; T. Riis, Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot (Odense, 1988), II, p.139.