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Posted: 1008045652000
Classification: Query
Dear All:

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Confirmation of the Crest Story ? by Robert Cunningham

Posted: 1009821231000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cunningham
Subject: confirmation of a story i have heard.
Author: Robert Cunningham
Date: 31 Dec 2001 5:49 PM GMT

I have heard a story about the origin of our family (Cunningham) crest. The story that I have heard is that the crest has a fork on it and thre is a banner on the crest that says over fork over. The story I have heard is that an ancester hid Robert the Bruce in a hay stack when the british were looking for him. our ancester to prove that the king was not there passed the pitch fork through the hay stack to prove the king was not there. The crest was given to the family after Robert the Bruce became king of scotland. Can you confirm this story and give me the persons name.

Alexander Cunninghame, 5th Earl of Glencairn

Posted: 1012860323000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1015435950000
I was wondering how I would find any information on Alexander Cunninghame, 5th Earl of Glencairn who married Lady Johanna Hamilton. I do not have any dates as I found this line in a book on Royal Genealogies. Alexander would be my 14th great grandfather.

Thank you,

William Cunninghame, 6th Earl of Glencairn (Son of Alexander)

Posted: 1012860578000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1015435950000
All I know on William is that he died in 1581 and married Janet Gordon of Lochinvan.
Any help in pointing me to info on him would be appreciated also.


James Cunninghame, 7th Earl of Glencairn (Son of William, grandson of Alexander)

Posted: 1012860747000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1015435950000
On James all I have is that he married Margaret Campbell of Glenurchy. I would really like to find this family. I don't know where to start or how to find them in Scotland.

Thanks for any help.

Re: Alexander Cunninghame, 5th Earl of Glencairn

John Hendricks (View posts)
Posted: 1027713892000
Classification: Query
Since your posting lacks replies I wanted to advise you that I have, for the past 5 years, been portraying Alexander in Renaissance Fairs and Highland Games in CA and NV. Please visit my website or email me at: and I will share what information I have. Most of it came from CCSA and the Internet.

My mother's father was William Cunningham, born in Edinburgh in the latter part of the 19th C. She was first gen. American, born in VA in 1900. I have no threads back to Scotland through Wm., but discovered that Alexander was quite a colorful character and chose him as my character model.

Re: Alexander Cunninghame, 5th Earl of Glencairn

Posted: 1062348985000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1064070537000
May I suggest that you go to the website. They have a service called "scotcopy" through which, some years ago, I obtained the chapter dealing with the earls of Glencairn from "The Scots Peerage." The source is one of the best in print and the price was quite reasonable.

Chevalier Terrance MacFarlane
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