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

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

President's Message

Hello All,

Once again it’s time to dust off the family tartan and head out to the Scottish Games. Please spend time at your Clan tent and catch up on the latest, greet and talk to the public, share information about the Scottish Arts Scholarship Fund and the Triennial Scotland trip, including a stop at the Glencairn Aisle. Please update your Cunningham line with our Genealogist, Barbara Ball as soon as possible! She has a wonderful program that can link individuals, but we must provide her the Cunningham ancestry for this to work. Now that dates have been decided for the 2019 Triennial Meeting in Scotland, the sponsored trip details will be mailed down so be sure to read the article about that in this issue and plan to join us all on a very personalized trip celebrating all that is Cunningham!

​For all Clan Cunningham International members please update your Cunningham lineage with our Genealogist, Barbara has a new program that will assist in matching lineage. For those of you that are not members at this time, please sign up and get you Cunningham line to her to add to the program. Also take advantage of a very personal trip to Scotland with us in 2019.

Yours Aye!

Kelly Cunningham, CCI President

2019 Tri-Annual Meeting

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the dates have been changed to July 8-13, 2019. Suggested travel dates are July 7th and July 14th. Start making your plans to gather in Scotland.

Calling all CCI members. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for our Triennial meeting and tour. The itinerary is shaping up nicely, with visits to the Glencairn Aisle, and more as well as free time to explore Scotland

We will be holding our Triennial Meeting, following a tour and luncheon, at Caprington Castle July 12, 2019.

The final cost of the trip will be determined once the itinerary is complete. We will be announcing that information soon. Also, we will soon be setting a deadline date for making a down payment for this much anticipated trip. 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.