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The Cunninghams trace their descent from Warnebald, who settled in the district of Cunningham, Ayrshire, and obtained the Manor of that name before 1162, and from the Manor he took the surname. His descendant in the fourth degree had two sons, and from the younger come Cunninghams of Glengarnock. The elder son, Sir William, was father of Edward of Kilmaurs, who also left two sons, Gilbert, his successor, and Richard, ancestor of Cunningham of Polmaise. Gilbert had three sons: Sir Robert, Sir James, and Donald. Sir Robert swore fealty to King Edward I of England in 1296, and left two sons, from the younger of whom came the Cunninghams of Drumquhassel, Ballindalloch, Balbougie, and Banton. The elder son, Sir William, was father of three sons: Robert, who died in his father’s lifetime, Sir William, his successor, and Thomas, ancestor of the Cunning hams, Baronets of Caprington, and the Cunninghams of Enterkine and Bedlan. The second son, Sir William, succeeded, and dying in 1418, left three sons: Sir Robert, William, ancestor of the Cunninghams of Cunninghamhead, and Henry. The son of Sir Robert, Alexander, was created Lord Kilmaurs about 1450 and Earl of Glencairn 1488, but was killed the same year at the battle of Sauchieburn. The fourth Earl left several sons: Alexander, fifth Earl, Andrew, from whom the Baronets of Corshill, Hugh, ancestor of the Cunninghams of Carlung, and Robert, ancestor of the Cunninghams of Montgrenan. The fifth Earl was a great supporter of the Reformation, and when Queen Mary was sent to Loch Leven, he went to the Chapel at Holyrood and demolished the Altar and other things there. The ninth Earl fought a duel with Sir George Monro, he was the father of the tenth and eleventh Earls. James, the fourteenth Earl, was the friend and patron of Robert Burns. He died in 1791, and Burns this refers to him in the “Lament for James, Earl of Glencairn” :
“O! why has worth so short a date?
While villains ripen grey with time;
Must thou, the noble, gen’rous, great,
Fall in bold manhood’s hardy prime?
Why did I live to see that day?
A day to me so full of woe!
O! had I met the mortal shaft
Which laid my benefactor low!
The bridegroom may forget the bride,
Was made his wedded wife yestreen;
The monarch may forget the crown
That on his head an hour has been;
The mother may forget the child
That smiles sae sweetly on her knee;
But I’ll remember thee, Glencairn,
And a’ that thou hast done for me!”
On the death of this Earl his brother John succeeded, but, dying in 1796 without issue, the title became dormant.
From William, second son of the first Earl of Glencairn, come the Cunninghams of Robertland, who were created Baronets in 1630. The fifth Baronet married the heiress of Fairlie in Ayrshire, and took her name in addition to his own, which his descendants still bear: “Fairlie-Cunningham.”
The Baronets of Corshill were so created in 1672, and the title still continues.
The Cunninghams of Caprington afterwards became the Laglane and Lambrughton, and were created Baronets in 1669, but on the death of the fourth Baronet in 1829 without issue, the title devolved on his cousin Sir Robert Keith Dick, seventh Baronet of Prestonfield; and his descendant, Sir William Dick-Cunynghame is tenth Baronet of Prestonfield, and eighth Baronet of Lambrughton.
A Cunynghame of Milncraig was created a Baronet in 1702, and his present representative is the tenth Baronet.
For a brief period Sir William Cunningham of Kilmaurs was Earl of Carrick, he having married the only daughter of Alexander Bruce, eighth Earl of Carrick. He died in 1364, but the title did not descend to his son.
David Cunningham of Auchenharvie was created a Baronet in 1633.
William Cunningham of Cunninghamhead was created a Baronet in 1627, but the title became extinct on the death of his grandson Sir William, third Baronet, without issue in 1724.