Claud Cockburn

Born Apr 12, 1904
Died Dec 15, 1981

Francis Claud Cockburn of Brook Lodge, Youghal, County Cork, Munster, Ireland was a British journalist. He was a well known proponent of communism. His saying, "believe nothing until it has been officially denied" is widely quoted in journalistic studies. He was the second cousin, once removed, of novelists Alec Waugh and Evelyn Waugh.… Read More

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1904 Birth Cockburn was born in Beijing, China, on 12 April 1904, the son of Henry Cockburn, a British Consul General, and wife Elizabeth Gordon (née Stevenson). … Read More


1933 29 Years Old Cockburn was educated at Berkhamsted School, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, and Keble College, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. He became a journalist with The Times and worked as a foreign correspondent in Germany and the United States before resigning in 1933 to start his own newsletter, The Week. … Read More


1937 33 Years Old …  In a 1937 article in The Week, Cockburn coined the term Cliveden set to describe what he alleged to be an upper-class pro-German group that exercised influence behind the scenes. … Read More
1940 36 Years Old Claud Cockburn married three times: all three of his wives were also journalists. 1: to Hope Hale Davis; with whom he fathered Claudia Cockburn Flanders (wife of Michael Flanders); 2: to Jean Ross (model for Christopher Isherwood's Sally Bowles of Cabaret fame); with whom he fathered Sarah Caudwell Cockburn, author of detective stories; 3: to Patricia Byron in 1940 (née Patricia Evangeline Anne Arbuthnot (17 March 1914 – 6 October 1989), daughter of Major John Bernard Arbuthnot and Olive Blake, (author of The Years of the Week and Figure of Eight); with whom he fathered Alexander, Andrew (husband of Leslie Cockburn), and Patrick. … Read More


1947 43 Years Old In 1947, Cockburn moved to Ireland and lived at Ardmore, County Waterford, and continued to contribute to newspapers and journals, including a weekly column for The Irish Times. … Read More
1953 49 Years Old Among his novels were Beat the Devil (originally under the pseudonym James Helvick), The Horses, Ballantyne's Folly, and Jericho Road. Beat the Devil was made into a 1953 film by director John Huston, who paid Cockburn £3,000 for the rights to the book and screenplay. … Read More


1981 77 Years Old Died in 1981.
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