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 State of Tennessee. 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

Greetings fellow CCI members,

First, let me begin by thanking all of you who voted in our triennial election for your vote of confidence in me as your new president. I look forward to serving all of you for the next three years.

Our 2019 CCI Tour and Triennial meeting was a huge success. Forty-four people made their way to Glasgow, Scotland, via many different routes, on July 8. We made many new friends and had the opportunity to spend time with some dear friends that we have met over the years. We met with Chief George McMillan at Finlaystone, where we toured the beautiful gardens and enjoyed lunch at the Tea Room. George was gracious enough to give us a detailed history of Finlaystone. We enjoyed a day-long tour of sites connected to the Cunningham-Montgomery feud, led by our dear friend, Alastair Cunningham. More details of the trip and triennial can be found in other parts of this newsletter.

It is still games season, with Pleasanton coming up August 31-September 1 and many others to come. I encourage you to attend any of the Games in your area. Visit and support your fellow CCI members by visiting their tents. Bring along friends and introduce them to the fun and history of Scotland, the games, and the clans.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and keep a look-out for things to come from CCI.

Yours Aye,

Sheryl Cunningham

CCI President


Please Note

On the “Documents” page, we have updated the following documents:

CCI By-Laws

CCI Pamphlet

CCI Membership Application

Please destroy all previous versions, and download the new version immediately.

Scholarship Fund

Announcing the Launch of the 2019 Clan Cunningham International Educational Scholarship Fund Program:

Clan Cunningham International is pleased to announce the implementation of its first annual Educational Scholarship Fund Program starting on January 1, 2019.

Educational scholarship awards will be available to CCI members age 10 and older who wish to further their education in studies pertaining to Scottish and/or Clan Cunningham history, culture, music, dance, genealogy, or any other viable project that will promote Scottish culture.  Awards will be based on merit, not financial need. Up to $300 will be awarded to each recipient chosen by the CCI Educational Scholarship Fund Committee and approved by the CCI Governing Council.

The Committee wishes to thank those members who made contributions totaling $455 to the Scholarship Fund in 2018. The Scholarship Fund was further increased by $178 resulting from the CCI Governing Council donating $3.00 from each CCI membership, both new and renewal, that was paid in 2018.  This brings the total funds available for awards in 2019 to $633.

The 2019 application form contains the Program rules and requirements that applicants must meet.  All completed applications must be received by the Committee by March 15, 2019. The Committee will name the award recipients on or before April 15, 2019.

Contributions to the Scholarship Fund made in 2019 will be applied to funding awards for the 2020 Program. Any funds not awarded in 2019 will be added to those of the 2020 Program.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Bill Cunningham, Chair of the Educational Scholarship Fund Committee, whose contact information can be found at the bottom of the 2019 application form.

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