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ROBERT COCHRANE  (1931-1966)

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A.K.A. Roy Bowers. He founded Tubal Cain/1734 Wicca. He was initiated into Gardnerian Wicca, but then later left and claimed to have been descended from a long line of Wiccans, just like Alex Sanders did. He too fabricated a story of coming from a line independent from Gardner’s, called by the names "The 1734 tradition", "The Clan of Tubal Cain" and “The Royal Windsor Cuveen”, implying a false connection to the Royal family.

     Cochrane's version of his history is cloudy and somewhat contradictory. His parents were actually both Methodists, and didn’t seem to even have an interest in the occult. He claimed the source of his Wiccan lineage was a Great-great grandfather, other  times he implied an "Aunt Sally" taught him Wicca, other times an uncle on his mother’s side but there’s no proof any of them were involved in the occult or Wicca. Then in contradiction to all of this, he claimed his mother (who wasn’t a Wiccan but a Methodist, mind you) had taught him just as her grandmother had taught her. In yet another claim he supposedly had ancestors who had been executed for witchcraft, but likewise this has also not been proven. Obviously, he's lying and made the whole thing up!

     For someone who is supposedly a hereditary Wiccan there isn't much of anything original to Cochrane's "Tradition", either. Tubal Cain is a Biblical figure, found in Genesis, a strange name choice for a Neopagan tradition. 

    Cochrane later renamed Tubal Cain Wicca "The 1734 Tradition". Cochrane explained "1734" was a numerological reference to "YHVH", the Judeo-Christian God,  also a strange choice for Neopagans. Cochrane described the Wiccan god as the goat-footed God of fire, craft and death, while the goddess ruled life, fate and destiny, with a horned solar god as their child, sounding as though it were inspired from Crowley’s Liber Al Vel Legis.

     There is no official Book of Shadows in 1736 Wicca, as there are in other Wiccan “traditions”. The closest thing they have are Cochrane's muddled and rambling letters which are treated as sacred literature by his followers. His coven always worked out of doors, and wore black hooded robes while dancing and chanting around a fire in the center of a circle.

     The Summer Solstice is the day the Wiccan horned god symbolically dies. On June 21st, 1966, Cochrane committed suicide by ingesting Bella Donna leaves. Since his suicide occurred on the day of the Neopagan holiday (not unlike Hitler’s suicide) of the Summer solstice, there is little doubt that it was done as an act of human sacrifice...and even all Wiccans acknowledge this!

    He was just 35. 

A successor group called “The Regency” was created after Cochrane’s death, intending to have his 8 year old son take the reigns when he became an adult. However, his sone declined upon reaching adulthood, and seems to want no part of it or Wicca.

 Robert Cochrane was a liar who committed suicide for a senseless lie. 

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