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

Fellow CCI Members,

Well, March turned into April, which turned into May and here we are on July 28 (as I write this) and Covid is still with us. We are mourning the cancellation of games and festivals and the ability to gather together with large groups of our friends. And, unfortunately, some of us are mourning the loss of family members and friends who may have succumbed to this virus. Regardless of our individual beliefs regarding this pandemic, regardless of whether one chooses to wear a mask or not, to attend large group functions or to stick close to home, regardless of your sentiments related to reopening our communities, please remember to be kind to each other. Just because you may choose not to wear a mask, please don’t ridicule those who do. While some see this as nothing more than another flu virus, please recognize that, with over 180,000 deaths in six months’ time (again at the time I am writing this) there are many among us who view this as something more serious than the flu. Be kind and respectful to others. I won’t spin this into a political conversation, as politics is not part of our organization’s mission. I hope that all of you are staying safe in your own chosen ways and that that will continue as we wait for science and experts to help us find a way out of this pandemic. I hope that we will all be able to gather soon at our favorite festivals and with our favorite family members and friends. Until we find ourselves on the other side of this pandemic.

I remain respectfully,

Your CCI President, Sheryl Cunningham

Just in time for Christmas

 

Own a special memento of the project at Glencairn Aisle. A year ago, in July 2019, when members of Clan Cunningham gathered at the Glencairn Aisle in Kilmaurs to commemorate the completion of the stained glass window project we had started almost ten years ago, the stained glass artist, Susan Bradbury, presented us with a stained glass replica of the shakefork that is the centerpiece of each of the windows. As a result of much conversation about what should happen with this memento, it was decided by members who were present and by the Governing Council that we should give members an opportunity to acquire this special memento, either for themselves or as a special gift to a family member or friend. Therefore, we will conduct a silent auction, of sorts, and will take bids from November 1 to November 22. You can place your bids via our special email, shakefork2020@gmail.com. Our Northeast Regional Director and Facebook manager, C. Steven Cunningham, will be acting as our “auctioneer” and will manage the auction. He will post updates of bids on the Clan Cunningham Facebook page throughout the auction. On November 22, Steve will close the auction and contact the person with the highest bid. Arrangements will be made for payment and for shipping of the piece. Proceeds from this silent auction will go into a fund for our Glencairn Aisle preservation project.

ALL SET TO PLACE YOUR BID

The Opening Bid is $200

You are bidding on a commemorative Glencairn Aisle window pane

(6.75 inches wide x 8 inches high)

Help us Save our Heritage – Glencairn Aisle

Clan Cunningham International (CCI) raised funds to replace the broken windows within the Glencairn Aisle, adjacent to St. Maurs-Glencairn Parish Church in Kilmaurs, Scotland. Susan Bradbury of Stained Glass Design Partnership, of Kilmaurs, was selected to create these stunning windows. Susan made an additional window pane and presented it to CCI, and now CCI is auctioning off this commemorative Glencairn Aisle window pane to raise funds to further restore and preserve the Glencairn Aisle.

SILENT AUCTION RULES

  • Bids for the commemorative Glencairn Aisle window pane will be received:
  • from 12:01 AM, Sunday, November 1, 2020, to 11:59 PM, Sunday, November 22, 2020
  • Bids must be in $10 increments
  • Bids will be made to (Shakefork2020@gmail.com). You MUST include the following:
    • Bid amount
    • Name, first, and last
    • Email address
    • Mailing address
    • Phone number

All of the above information is REQUIRED to place a valid bid

The only information that will be placed on our Facebook Page will be the current high bid

  • All bids must be in US dollars
  • The current high bid will be posted daily by 9 PM or more frequently if possible on our Facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/groups/50875507973/)
  • You do not have to be a member of Clan Cunningham International to place a bid
  • The winning bidder will be notified by email or phone call within 24 hours of the close of bidding. This individual will have 48 hours after notification to pay the winning bid, via the Clan Cunningham International PayPal account or check. (an email or a phone message will be deemed notification).

You do not have to bid to support Clan Cunningham International’s efforts to preserve and restore the Glencairn Aisle.  You can donate by visiting: (http://clancunninghamintl.org/join-renew-or-donate/).

If you have any questions, you can email them to ccusane@comcast.net

YOUR BID OR DONATION TO THE

GLENCAIRN RESTORATION FUND

IS GREATLY APPRECIATED

(Bid High and Bid Often)

Update

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  Clan Cunningham International Educational Scholarship Fund Program:

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

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 Sheryl Cunningham, Chair of the Educational Scholarship Fund Committee, whose contact information can be found at the bottom of the 2020 application form.

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