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Families covered: Cunninghame of Ashinyards (Eissenyards), Cuningham of Cairncurran

James Cunninghame of Ashinyards (Eissenyards) (a 1567)
m. Margaret Fleming (dau of laird of Barrochan)
1. Alexander Cunninghame of Ashinyards (Eissenyards) (a 1597)
  m. Mariotta Fleming
2. James Cunninghame of Ashinyards (Eissenyards) (d before 28.07.1627)
  A. James Cunninghame of Ashinyards (Eissenyards) (a 1637)
  m. Jean Campbell (a 1637)
"The next that appears in the family papers is" the undermentioned William, son/heir of James. We presume that there was an intermediary generation here, another James.
  i. James Cunninghame of Ashinyards (d before 25.01.1671)
  a. William Cunninghame of Ashinyards & Whitehirst (a 1664, 1712)
  (1) Adam Cunninghame (a 1709, dvp)
  (2) Elisabeth Cunninghame
  m. (1695) John Bowman of Glasgow (a 1715, Chief Magistrate)
  (3) daughter
  m. Andrew Martin of Clochridge, later of Ashinyards (d before 20.02.1730)
(A) ?? Martin (to West Indies)
  (i) 2 children (d young)
  (B) Margaret Martin
  m. _ Glasgow
  (C) Magdalene Martin
  m. _ Sommerville
  'History of the County of Ayr' (James Paterson, vol 2, 1852, p120) provides the following connection. The under-mentioned Richard bought Glengarnock from the Robertland family.
  ii. William Cuninghame (d before 1646, Clerk of the Signet, Depute-keeper of the Privy Seal)
  a. Richard Cuninghame of Glengarnock (d by 1671)
  m. (1654) Elizabeth Heriot (d 03.1672, dau of James Heriot of Trabroun)



William Cuninghame of Cairncurran (a 1534)
1. Gabriel Cuningham of Caircurran
  A. William Cuningham of Cairncurran (1)
  Robertson reports (in 1818) that, from the time this William succeeded, "till the decease, in 1807, of William, the father of the present proprietor, there was an uninterrupted succession of Williams in the family of Cairncurran, he being the ninth William Cuningham, from father to son, in a direct line from the said Gabriel Cuningham." However, we suspect that there are too many generations!
  i. William Cuningham of Cairncurran (2)
  a. William Cuningham of Cairncurran (3)
  (1) William Cuningham of Cairncurran (4)
  (A) William Cuningham of Cairncurran (5)
  (i) William Cuningham of Cairncurran (6)
  (a) William Cuningham of Cairncurran (7)
  ((1)) William Cuningham of Cairncurran (8) (d 10.05.1734)
  Robertson reports that, in about 1722, William "removed the family residence from ancient Cairncurran to New Cairncurran, where he built a house and offices, and which were rebuilt afterwards by his successor in 1782."
  m. (1726) Margaret Coats (d 25.02.1770, dau of Rev. Charles Coats of Govan)
  ((A)) William Cuningham or Cunninghame of Cairncurran (9) (d 11.04.1807)
  m. (1768) Janet Lang (dau of Gabriel Lang of Overton)
  ((i)) Charles Cuningham of Cairncurran (a 1818, 3rd son) had issue
  m. (1802) Elizabeth Gray Park (dau of Robert Park of Glasgow)
  ((ii)) Margaret Cuningham
  m. John Speirs (physician in Greenock)
  ((iii))+ other issue - William (dvp 25.11.1776), Gabriel (dvp 24.01.1774), William (d 12.11.1798 in Jamaica), John (d 24.07.1808 in Jamaica), Alexander, Janet, Susan, Grace
  ((B))+ other issue - Charles, James, John, Margaret, Janet

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section : 'Topographical description of Ayrshire, more particularly of Cunninghame' (George Robertson, 1820, 'Cunninghame of Ashinyards', p200+)
(2) For lower section : Crawfurd (Ren) = 'A General Description of the Shire of Renfrew' (George Crawfurd, 'continued to the present period' by George Robertson, 1818, p405+)
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