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Families covered: Cunningham of Glencairn, Cuninghame of Mountgreenan

Alexander Cunningham, 1st Earl of Glencairn (d Sauchieburn 11.06.1488)
m. Margaret Hepburn (dau of Adam Hepburn, Master of Hailes)
1. Robert Cunningham, 2nd Earl of Glencairn (d by 1492)
  TSP (Glencairn) reports that, because James IV revoked some of the appointments of his father, this Robert was "deprived the dignity of an earldom conferred on his father". James IV reinstated the earldom after Robert had died. Accordingly, TSP numbers subsequent Earls differently from (say) BE1883 (eg. Cuthbert identified by TSP as 2nd Earl). We follow the numbering used by BE1883 and BP1934 (Cuninghame of Caprington) which is supported by TCP (Glencairn).
  m. (before 19.07.1476) Christian Lindsay (dau of John Lindsay, 1st Lord of the Byres)
  A. Cuthbert Cunningham, 3rd Earl of Glencairn (d 1540-1)
  m. (mcrt 24.06.1492) Marjory (or Mary or Marion) Douglas (a 1511, dau of Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus)
i. William Cunningham, 4th Earl of Glencairn (b c1493, d 03.1547-8)
  BE1883 reports that William left sundry children "by Margaret, or Elizabeth (Campbell), his 2nd wife". BPGS2001 reports that he m1. Margaret, m2. Elizabeth Campbell. We follow TSP which identifies his 1st wife as Katherine Borthwick. It is thought that William had issue by both marriages but, other than to note that most of the children noted below appeared to be adult by the time of the second marriage, it is not clear who if any of these noted was by the second marriage. We presume that none were (not least because Elizabeth must have been in her mid-40s by the time of the marriage) but note that some sources say otherwise.
  m1. Katherine Borthwick (dau of William Borthwick, 3rd Lord)
a. Alexander Cunningham, 5th Earl of Glencairn (d 1574)
  m1. (c26.11.1526, div 1545) Johanna or Janet Hamilton (dau of James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran)
  Neither TSP nor BE1883 identify Johanna's mother although BE1883 does identify her as her father's youngest daughter. 'HamiltonHistory' shows her as illegitimate. Provisionally we follow TCP ('Glencairn') in showing her as her father's youngest legitimate daughter.
  (1) William Cunningham, 6th Earl of Glencairn (b c1532, d by 18.10.1580)
  m. (mcrt 20.08.1547) Janet Gordon (b c1528, d 18.11.1596, dau of Sir James Gordon of Lochinvar)
  (A) James Cunningham, 7th Earl of Glencairn (b c1552, d 10.1631)
  m1. (05.09.1574) Mariot or Margaret Campbell (d 01.1610, dau of Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy)
  (i) William Cunningham, 8th Earl of Glencairn (b c1575, d 10.1631)
  m. (1609) Janet Kerr (b c1580, dau of Mark Kerr, 1st Earl of Lothian)
  (a) William Cunningham, 9th Earl of Glencairn (b c1610, Chancellor)
  m1. (mcrt 1637) Anne Ogilvy (d 01.1661, dau of James Ogilvy, 1st Earl of Findlater)
((1)) William Cunningham, Lord Kilmaurs (dspvp aged 18)
  ((2)) James Cunningham, Lord Kilmaurs (dspvp)
  m. (30.09.1662) Elizabeth Hamilton (dau of William Hamilton, 2nd Duke of Hamilton)
  ((3)) Alexander Cunningham, 10th Earl of Glencairn (d 26.05.1670)
  m. (c1660) Nichola Stewart (dau of Sir James Stewart of Kirkhill & Strathbrock (Strabrock), sister/coheir of William)
  ((A)) Margaret Cunningham (d 12.05.1742) --
m. (c1680) John Maitland, 5th Earl of Lauderdale (bc1655, d 1710) --
  ((4)) John Cunningham, 11th Earl of Glencairn (d 14.12.1703)
  m1. (05.08.1673) Mary or Jean Erskine (dau of John Erskine, 4th or 25th Earl of Mar)
  ((A)) William Cunningham, 12th Earl of Glencairn (d 14.03.1734)
  m. (20.02.1704) Henrietta Stewart (b c1683, d 21.10.1763, dau of Alexander Stewart, 3rd Earl of Galloway)
((i)) John Cunningham (d young)
  ((ii)) William Cunningham, 13th Earl of Glencairn (d 09.09.1755)
  m. (06.08.1744) Elizabeth Macguire (b c1764, d 24.06.1801, dau of Hugh Macguire of Drumdew)
  ((a)) William Cunningham, Lord Kilmaurs (b 19.05.1748, dspvp 03.02.1768)
  ((b)) James Cunningham, 14th Earl of Glencairn (b 01.06.1749, d unm 30.01.1791)
  ((c)) John Cunningham, 15th Earl of Glencairn (b 17.05.1750, dsp 24.09.1796)
m. (23.04.1785) Isabella Erskine (d 17.05.1824, dau of Henry David Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan)
  ((d)) Henrietta Cunningham (b 23.09.1752, d 12.03.1801)
  m. (1778) Sir Alexander Don, Bart of Newton Don
  ((e))+ other issue - Alexander (b 28.06.1754, d young), Elizabeth (d unm 06.08.1804)
  ((iii)) Margaret Cunningham (b c1705, d 29.09.1789)
  m. (02.04.1732) Nicol Graham, 5th of Gartmore, 4th of Gallingad
  ((iv)) Henrietta Cunningham (b 24.02.1710, 05.05.1744)
  m. (20.04.1735) John Campbell of Shawfield
((v))+ other issue - John (d unm 07.1741), James (d infant), Malcolm (d unm), Alexander (d Portobello 1739), Charles (d unm), James (bpt 25.02.1711, d unm 15.07.1739), Mary (d unm), Catherine (d unm)
  m2. Margaret Napier (dau of John Napier of Kilmahew)
  ((5)) Jean Cunningham
  m. (25.04.1661) William Boyd, 1st Earl of Kilmarnock (d 03.1692)
  ((6)) Margaret Cunningham
  m. (1662) John Hamilton, 2nd Lord Bargany (d 15.05.1693)
  ((7)) Anne Cunningham (d unm)
((8)) Elizabeth Cunningham
  m. William Hamilton, 7th of Orbiston, Sheriff of Dunbartonshire
  m2. Margaret Montgomerie (b 20.02.1617, d 25.07.1665, dau of Alexander Seton (Montgomerie), 6th Earl of Eglinton)
  (b) Robert Cunningham (a 03.1670, usher to King Charles II)
  m. Anne Scot (dau of Sir John Scot of Scotstarvit)
  ((1)) Anne Cunningham
  m. William Macilvane of Grimet
  (c) Elizabeth Cunningham (b 07.11.1611)
  m. Sir Ludovic Stewart of Minto
(d) Margaret Cunningham (d 1678)
  m1. (31.12.1639) David Beaton, 7th of Creich (dsps 1661)
  m2. (James) Chisholm of Crosbie (Cromlix)
  (e) Jean Cunningham
  m. John Blair of that ilk (d 1662)
  (f) Marion Cunningham (dsp 1661)
  m1. (sp) James Ogilvy, 1st Earl of Findlater (d 1652)
  m2. (29.10.1660) Alexander Fraser, Master of Saltoun (b 1630, d 11.1682)
(g)+ other issue - Alexander (b 08.04.1613, d by 30.07.1647), Lilias, Anne (d unm)
  (ii) John Cunningham of Kilmarnock (Kilmaronock) (d 09.02.1628)
  m. Margaret Knox (dau of ?? Knox of Ranfurlie)
  (a) John Cunningham of Cambuskeith
  (b) Elizabeth Cunningham
  m. Sir Alexander Cuningham, 3rd Bart of Robertland (d by 1696)
  (iii) James Cunningham of Stevenstoun & Kerilaw
  (iv) Jean Cunningham (d unm 23.11.1597)
(v) Catherine Cunningham
  m. (mcrt 24.03.1612) Sir James Cunningham of Glengarnock
  (vi) Margaret Cunningham (d c1622)
  m1. (div) James Hamilton of Evandale
  m2. (06/8.09.1610) Sir James Maxwell of Calderwood (d 1622)
  (vii) Ann Cunningham --
  m. (mcrt 13.01.1603) James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton (b 1589, d 1624-5) --
  (viii) Mary Cunningham
  m. John Crawford of Kilbirnie
  (ix) Susannah Cunningham
  m. (after 24.07.1610, sp) Alexander Lauder of Hatton (d by 1625)
  m2. Agnes Hay (dau of Sir James Hay of Kingask)
  (B) John Cunningham of Ross, Dumbartonshire
(i) James Cunningham
  (ii) daughter
  m. _ _ Somerville (of family of Cambusnethan)
  (iii) daughter
  m. _ Bailie (of family of Carsphin)
  (C) William Cunningham (a 1626, rector of Inchcaillieoch)
  (D) Jean (Jane) Cunningham
m1. (mcrt 15.02.1572) George Haldane, 8th of Gleneagles (dsp c18.10.1574)
  m2. Roger Kirkpatrick of Closeburn
  BPGS2001, BE1883 & Paterson suggest that she m3. _ Fergusson of Craigdarroch but TSP shows that that marriage was of her sister ...
  (E) Katherine Cunningham
  m. Robert Fergusson of Craigdraroch
  (F) Margaret Cunningham
  BPGS2001 & BE1883 show Margaret m. Sir Hector Maclean, Bart of Duart. Noting that there was no "Bart of Duart" at that time, TSP confirms that her husband was ...
  m. Sir Lachlan More Maclean of Douart (d Traigh-Ghruinneirt 05.08.1598)
  (G) Elizabeth Cunningham (d 01.1614) --
  m1. (1579) James Crauford of Crosbie (dvp before 1582)
  m2. (by 19.07.1597) Alexander Cunningham, 5th of Craigends (d 1615) --
(H) Susannah Cunningham
  m. John Napier of Kilmahew
  (2) Margaret Cunningham
  m1. John Wallace of Craigie
  m2. (c1571) Andrew Stewart, 'the Good', 2nd Lord Ochiltree (b c1521)
  (3)+ other issue - Andrew of Syid, James (prior of Lesmahagow)
  m2. Janet Cunningham (dau of John Cunningham, 4th of Caprington)
  (5) Alexander Cunningham of Mountgreen or Mountgreenan (Commendator of Kilwinning)
  The following is supported by 'History of the County of Ayr' (James Paterson, vol 2, 1852, p251).
  m. (c1582) Jean Blair (d 1621, dau of John Blair of that ilk)
  (A) Alexander Cunningham or Cuninghame of Mountgreenan (d 1616)
  m. Marion Douglas (m2. John Sempill of aikinbar)
  (i) Alexander Cuninghame of Mountgreenan (a 1632)
(a) Thomas Cuninghame of Mountgreenan (a 1656)
  ((1)) Thomas Cuninghame of Mountgreenan (d c1715)
  ((A)) (Susan) Cuninghame
  m. (James) Cuninghame in Irvine
  ((B))+ 2 sons (d 1696)
  (B) Margaret Cunningham
  m. Gavin Hamilton, 5th of Ardoch
  (6) Janet Cunningham (d by 06.01.1585)
  m1. (mcrt 08.08.1573) Archibald Campbell, 5th Earl of Argyll (b c1530, d 12.09.1573)
  m2. (mcrt 15.05.1583) Sir Humphrey Colquhoun of Luss
  b. Andrew Cuninghame, 1st of Corsehill (d 1544)
  m. Margaret Cunninghame (dau of Cunninghame of Polmaise)
  c. Hugh Cunningham of Watterstoun
  d. Robert Cunningham, 1st of Montgrenane (minister)
  e. William Cunningham (b 1513, d by 21.02.1561-2, Bishop of Argyll)
(1) ?? Cunningham
  (A) Alexander Cunningham (Dean of Raphie) probably of this generation
  m. Marian Murray (dau of John Murray)
  (i) daughter
  m. Robert Montgomerie of Bonyglen (b 1660)
  (ii)+ 26 other children!
  f. Elizabeth Cunningham
  m. John Cunninghame, 4th of Caprington
g. Jean (Janet) Cunningham (d 12.1574)
  m. Robert Ferguson, 7th of Craigdarroch (d 16.07.1587)
  h. Isabel Cunningham probably of this generation --
  m. Sir William Cuninghame of Cuninghamhead --
  m2. (after 01.1535-6) Elizabeth Campbell (dau of John Campbell of West Loudoun)
  ii. Margaret Cunningham
  Unless there were 2 sisters both called Margaret, which did happen occasionally around this time (to the consternation of many genealogists), either (1) there is something wrong with one or more of the dates given for her spouses, (2) one of these marriages should be attributed to a Margaret of a different generation, or (as we provisionally show) (3) the first marriage ended in divorce.
  m1. (div?) Andrew Macfarlane, 12th of Arrochar (d after 21.12.1544)
  m2. (by 11.1534) James Lyle, Master of Lyle (a 07.1551, dvpsp)
2. William Cuninghame, 1st of Craigends (a 1479) --
  m. Elizabeth Stewart (dau of Sir Walter Stewart of Arthurlie) --
3. Alexander Cunyngham (a 1483)
4. Edward Cuninghame (a 1483) ## see here ##
5. Isabella Cunyngham
  m. Walter Buchanan of Easter Catter, 1st of Spittal

Main source(s): TSP (Glencairn), BE1883 (Cuningham of Kilmaurs and Glencairn) with some input/support from BPGS2001 (Fergusson-Cuninghame of Caprington), 'History of the County of Ayr' (James Paterson, vol 2, 1852, p214+)
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