Welcome to Clan Cunningham International!

Clan Cunningham International, founded in 2002 is a non-political,non-sectarian, all volunteer, non-profit corporation registered in the Stat of Tennesse. As a registered non-profit organization, under IRS Code Section 501(c) (3), (public educational charity) all donations to support its activities are tax deductible within the limitation of federal tax codes for donors who are US citizens.

Membership is open to all Cunninghams around the world by birth, marriage, or adoption, and to the descendants of the Associated Families of the Districts of Cunninghame and Ayrshire in Scotland, as well as to anyone with an interest in or wishing to promote the great heritage of Clan Cunningham.

The organization has evolved and grown greatly in these few short years and represents Clan Cunningham at Scottish Games and Celtic festivals all over the United States, Canada, Scotland and New Zealand, just to mention a few. And our presence isn’t limited strictly to the US! We now have members in New Zealand, England, Canada, and Scotland.

Our Clan Chief, Sir John Christopher Foggo Montgomery Cuninghame, Baronet of Corsehill, is a member of our Governing Council.

A list of Associated Families, list of our Governing Council, By-Laws, and other important information may be found on this web-site.

Clan Cunningham is a proud member of the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations since 2002.

Chief's Message

Dear Clan Members, 

During the last year I have done little to contribute to the life and progress of Clan Cunningham. It has been a difficult and worrying year for me particularly as my wife, Laura, nearly had to spend Christmas in hospital for the second year running. Fortunately that did not happen and we had a quiet Happy Christmas at home.  But that is enough about me.

I was on the point of sending an enthusiastic and inspiriting letter to you just after the start of the Highland Games season, but then came the terrible hurricanes followed by the floods and then the worst fires in California’s history. I thought you would have many more pressing thoughts on your mind and that it would be inappropriate to write such a letter to you at that moment of time. I pray that none of your relations or friends were involved in these disasters.

During the last few months I have spent some of my time refreshing my knowledge of the history of medieval Scotland. One of the subjects which interests me was the origins of the perceived differences between the Highlands and the Lowlands, or rather the Highlanders and the Lowlanders. I have no pretentions of being a scholar in Scottish history, but I thought the observations might be of interest to you. The full article can be viewed on the Clan’s website (www.clancunninghamintl.org)  hope that all of you have had a very joyful Christmas and I warmly wish you a very successful and Happy New Year. If we each adde

d one new member to the clan that would be one success.

With my best wishes, John M. Cuninghame of that Ilk

President's Message

Greetings Clan,

After a long planning journey our Scotland trip Itinerary is here thank you to those that has helped and made this a very special trip and a special thank you to Sheryl Cunningham for jumping in and seeing it through. This will be a very special Triennial being held at the Caprington Castle and the honor of our Chief and family in attendance. We are making a special attempt to live video the meeting for those of you that will not be at the meeting.

As we reflect back on our organization we (membership) has accomplished so much and there are future projects ahead. So pat yourself on the back and give thanks that we are family first and do what is needed to carry on our proud name and Clan.

Be safe out there as you travel and attend all the wonderful Scottish Games.
Yours Aye

Kelly Cunningham

CCI President

2019 Tri-Annual Meeting

Tentative Itinerary (as of 7/1/2018)

Day 1 – July 8     Arrive in Glasgow. People can either arrive on July 7 or July 8. July 8 is a  free day to see and go where you wish.

Day 2 – July 9     Dumbarton and Finlaystone (Paisley Abbey may be added to this itinerary) Group dinner back at the host hotel.

Day 3 – July 10   Montgomery-Cunningham Feud Tour. Alastair Cunningham will lead this  tour for the day. The sites on this tour include (but may not be limited to) Aiket, Lainshaw House, Annick Bridge, Clonbeith, Robertland, Corsehill, Kerelaw, and Eglinton.

Day 4 – July 11   Bannockburn, Stirling Castle, Cambuskenneth Abbey, and the William Wallace Memorial.

Day 5 – July 12   Glencairn Aisle, Caprington Castle (tour, luncheon, triennial CCI meeting).

Day 6 – July 13   Optional excursion to Burns’ Country – Alloway (Burns Cottage) and Mauchlin.

People can either depart Glasgow on this date or continue their stay. The reservation with the hotel is through July 13. If you wish to stay on you would have to arrange that with the hotel.

Keep reading the newsletter for updates or send your inquiries to Sheryl Cunningham at sherylc12@msn.com. Updates will also be posted on our Clan Cunningham, Int’l webpage (www.clancunninghamintl.org) and on our Clan Cunningham Face Book page.

Scholarship Fund

Introducing the Clan Cunningham International Educational Scholarship Fund 

CCI is pleased to announce the establishment of its first Educational Scholarship Fund.  In 2015, the CCI Governing Council gave its approval to the concept of a scholarship fund to grant financial awards to CCI members to further their education in studies pertaining to Scotland and/or Clan Cunningham, in such areas as, but not limited to: history, culture, music, dance, genealogy, or to undertake any other viable project that would promote Scottish culture and/or Clan Cunningham.

To make reasonable amounts for awards, the Committee will wait until at least $500 has been raised and placed in its account before soliciting applications and establishing an application deadline. If fund raising starts now, we hope this amount and even more can be raised by January 1, 2018, so that the first scholarship awards will be able to be granted in late April 2018.  Members will be informed when the funds raised will allow these dates to be finalized and the actual application process can be started for 2018. The Committee will review the applications, select winners and determine the amount of the awards.

Please go to the “Documents” page for complete details and Application form, etc.