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

Hello Clan,

It is that time of year when the Scottish Games come to a close, and your board will still be hard at work with details of the 2019 Clan trip to Scotland, we will be looking forward to receiving your deposits to reserve your seat on the bus.
Our transportation is private and personal tailored for our activities and tours.
May I make a call to each of you to consider volunteering for Clan Cunningham Intl. and support the positions that keep this organization going, we keep the time of commitment at a minimum approximately 1 hour a month at a meeting via Skype, this is a wonderful way to be involved and get information and also give information and ideas, we also welcome those wanting to host a tent at the games.
I am very happy to announce and thank everyone involved in the Educational Scholarship Fund, the committee lead by Dr. Bill Cunningham and all of you for funding the Educational Scholarship Fund, this was a big project and now that it has adequate funding we can look forward to Applications for 2019.
Yours Aye
Kelly Cunningham
CCI President
Update

2019 Clan Cunningham International

Triennial Meeting and Scotland Tour

July 8-13, 2019

Members, just a reminder about this great tour that will include our 2019 Triennial Membership Meeting. The itinerary for the tour can be seen below. As mentioned in our Summer 2018 edition, we will make Glasgow our home base and the Double Tree by Hilton, located in Glasgow Central, will be our group hotel.

Participants will be arranging and paying for their own airfare and will make and pay for their own hotel accommodations at our designated hotel. The cost of airfare will be determined by the airline and itinerary you arrange. The cost of the hotel is $190.00 for single occupancy and $203.00 for double occupancy per night. Breakfast is included in the cost of your room.

A final cost for the other aspects of this tour, which will include ground transportation, admission fees to the various places we will visit, group meals, etc. will be $ 400.00 for adults, $350.00 for seniors (65+), and $250.00 for kids (16 and younger).

Registration is now open. You must register in order to reserve a spot on this exciting tour and triennial gathering. A registration form is included in this newsletter and can also be found on our website. A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required for each person who is participating in the entire tour and triennial meeting. There are separate prices for those who will only participate in the group dinner, the day at Caprington, or both. Please send a check, made out to CCI, along with the registration form to our treasurer: David Pickens, CCI Secretary/Treasurer, 5441 Mockingbird Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919. The deadline for registration has been extended. The new deadline for registration and the non-refundable deposit is March 1, 2019.  Upon registration, a link will be provided that will allow you to make a reservation at the hotel. The hotel is holding a block of 20 standard rooms (that can accommodate up to three people per room) until April 1, 2019.

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

Please go to the Documents page for the Registration Form and latest itinerary for the trip!

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.