'Cumming03'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Cuming of Earnside, Cuming of Relugas

John Cuming of Earnside (a 1509) apparently succeeded by ...
1. Alexander Cuming of Earnside (a 1540)
A. John Cuming of Earnside apparently succeeded by ...
  i. John Cuming of Earnside
  m1. ??
  a. William Cuming of Earnside probably of this generation
  m. (mcrt 12.05.1597) Jean Forbes (dau of Lord Forbes)
  (1) William Cuming of Earnside
  (A) Patrick Cuming of Earnside (a 1677)
  m. Margaret Steuart
  (i) William Cuming (b 1686, d 1758)
  m. _ Gibson of Cockburnspath
  (a) Patrick Cumiing (dvpsp 1749)
  m. _ Gytler
  (b) William Cuming, last of Earnside
m. Jean Dick ("of the family of Grange")
  ((1)) Thomas Cuming 'of Edinburgh'
  m. Janet Chalmers (dau of George Chalmers of Pittencrieff)
  ((A)) Jane Jessie Cuming
  m. Sir James Montgomery Cuninghanme, Bart
  ((B)) Matilda Cuming
  m. Patrick Miller of Dalswinton
  ((C)) Grace Cuming
  m. Sir Alexander Boswell, Bart
((D)) Susanna Cuming
  m. John Hall
  ((E))+ other issue (d unm) - William, George, 5 other daughters
  ((2))+ 2 daughters (d unm)
  (c) George Cuming
  Paterson does not identify any wives for either of the 2 generations of Johns. Isobel Abernethy is idendified as contracted to John the younger in 1593. Elizabeth Rose was probably a wife of one of the Johns but that was after 07.1589 and she married again afterwards. Although it is noted that marriage contracts were sometimes drawn up for young chiildren, the 1597 contract date for William, son of the younger John, makes it unlikely that either Elizabeth or Isobel were mothers of William. It is possible that Isobel was 2nd wife of John the elder but, provisionally, we show the other possibility (excluding a mistake in the identification of one of the people involved) which is that Isobel died soon after her marriage to John the younger who then (promptly) married Elizabeth.
  m2. (mcrt 10.12.1593) Isobel Abernethy (dau of Alexander Abernethy, 6th Lord Saltoun)
  m3. Elizabeth Rose (dau of Hugh Rose of Kilravock, widow of Walter Urquhart of Cromarty then Robert Munro (who d 07.1589), m4. William Gordon of Carnborrow then Rothiemay)
2. Bigla Cuming ("fair maid of Moray")
  Possibly confused with Jean, wife of the Earl of Huntly, whom we show as aunt of the above John.



Dugdale notes that some antiquaries suggest that the following family descended from the Cumings of Badenock, others that they are a branch of the family of Ayr. Dugdale starts with ...
William Cuming of Presley, co. Murray (a temp James V who r. 1513-1542)
m. Jean Rose (dau of ?? Rose of Ballivit)
1. James Cuming of Presley & Relugas (a temp James VI who r. 1542-1625)
  m1. Dorothy Dunbar (dau of _ Dunbar of Bogs by dau of _ Brodie of that ilk)
  A. John Cuming of Relugas
  m. Margaret Dunbar (dau of _ Dunbar of Boath by dau of _ Stirling of Keir)
  i. James Cuming of Relugas
  Dugdale identifies James's wife as Isabel, dau of Sir Robert Innes of Balveny, that looks as though it is confusion with the wife of Robert Cumming of Altyr.
  a. Robert Cuming of Relugas
  m. Magdalene Fraser (dau of Finlay Fraser of Inverness, "lineally descended of James Fraser of Kinkell, younger son of Thomas, third (sb 2nd) Lord Lovat, by Jean his second wife, daughter of Andrew, third Lord Gray")
  (1) Patrick Cuming of Relugas (professor at Edinburgh University)
m. Jean Lauder (son of David Lauder, son of Sir John of Fountainhall (Bart) by Marian, sister of Sir John Maxwell of Pollock, Bart)
  (A) Robert Cuming, younger of Relugas (professor at Edinburgh University)
  Dugdale (1798) ends with this generation. We speculate that Robert, or one of his brothers, was father of ...
  (i) Sir George Cumin of Relugas
  m. Susannah Judith Halkett (dau of Charles Halkett, later Craigie-Halkett)
  (a) Charles Anne Cumin (d 22.11.1864)
  m. (08.02.1808) Sir Robert Dick-Lauder of Fountainhall & Grange, 7th Bart (b 1784, d 1848)
  (B)+ other issue - John in Glasgow, Patrick (professor in Glasgow), George in Edinburgh, Thomas, Jean
  (2) John Cuming
  b. John Cuming of Irvine (physician)
  m. (Anne) Macgowan
  (1) John Cuming
  ii. John Cuming (minister of Auldren, dean of Murray, 3rd son)
  m. _ Innes
  a.+ "numerous issue" including John (professor at Edinburgh University), Alexander (surgeon, RN), "several daughters"
  iii. David Cuming (minister of Edinkillie)
m. Elizabeth Meldrum of Lathers
  a. Peter Cuming in Inverness (surgeon)
  (1) James Cuming of Presley
  b.+ other issue including John (minister of Humby), Alexander of Slug
  iv. Duncan Cuming (physician to King William, 7th son)
  m. _ Stiel
  a. Mary Cuming
  m. (Thomas) Butler (Colonel, son (sb sister?) of the Earl of Lanesborough)
  b. Jean Cuming
  m. _ Dilks (General)
  v.+ other issue - William (d unm, professor at Edinburgh University), Alexander (d unm), Patrick (d unm, minister of Ormiston), 4 daughters
  B. Robert Cuming of Dollas Brachly
  m2. Jean Mackenzie of Pluscardin
  C. Jean Cuming (d unm)
  m3. Jean Hay (dau of _ Hay of Kinnaldy, brother of _ Hay of Park)
  D.+ other issue - William of Craigmill, George ("an officer of rank in the army o Gustavus Adolphus"), several daughters

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section : 'History of the County of Ayr' (James Paterson, vol 1, 1847, p442+)
(2) For lower section : Douglas's 'Baronage of Scotland' (1798, 'Cuming of Relugas and Presley')
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