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His son was created hereditary usher and this office was later confirmed upon the Barony of Langton by King James IV.
This office was later usurped by John, Earl of Wigtown. A committee of Parliament had been appointed to resolve the matter but Cockburn was not ready to wait that long. He instead protested his right when the King entered Parliament and for his effort the King sent the protesting usher to Edinburgh castle as a prisoner.
The original chiefly line of Cockburn sold its lands to a cousin who was later made a bronet in 1671.