W elcome to the original and official Clan Cunningham Global Society. Our international society was founded in 1984 for the benefit of all, only after careful research and advice from the only authority regarding armigerous Scottish clans without a chief. Our convenor wrote the Lord Lyon King of Arms of Scotland on how best to represent our Clan in the absence of a chief. The 15 Earls of Glencairn, and the ancestors of this direct Glencairn line, the Lords of Kilmaurs, were powerful and influential Cunningham Chiefs for nearly 700 years. We were advised to represent our Clan in a manner in which our chief would approve - which we openly and publicly aspire to do - and to name our society, the Clan Cunningham Society of America. We retain this legal name to honor our legitimate origins and original charter from 1984, although we have been operating as the global Clan Cunningham society from our very inception, and nowadays, also conduct our affairs under the dba of Clan Cunningham Global, with members residing all over the world. If you are seeking the foremost resource, and representative, for the Cunninghams of the direct Glencairn line who brought honor, esteem and prestige to that name spanning eight centuries in Scotland, you have come to the right place. As the leader of CCG, who takes the Glencairn legacy seriously, I place a high value on integrity and reliability, holding myself and our society to high standards. Those of us of Celtic descent, like CCG members, are compelled to aim high. For us at CCG who strive for excellence with the passion of our race, such pursuit is its own reward. At CCG, we consider upholding the Glencairn legacy as a privilege which we endeavor to achieve in all our affairs.
The Clan Cunningham society in the USA and beyond all borders - Clan Cunningham Global - welcomes Cunninghams, Scots, Irish, Celts and folks from around the world with an interest in Clan Cunningham, to our original web site. We are delighted to have you visit. We hope that you leave feeling like you just discovered a long lost relative, or just made a new friend, and come back and visit often. Clan Cunningham Global has been serving Clan Cunningham interests and our members over the last three decades. We are the original, the largest, and the only Clan Cunningham organization in the world, with the distinction of being formed upon the advice of, which adopted our name at the recommendation of, and with the blessing of, the Office of the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Scotland that was extended to our global Clan Cunningham society in 1984. The spirit of Clan Cunningham continues to flourish through the participation and support of our members, which has grown in number to a world-wide membership of 1,029.
We continually embark on new activities, programs, and projects like the granite monument to our last Clan Chief and 15th Earl of Glencairn, John Cunningham, which we commissioned, placed and dedicated on November 25, 2003 in Edinburgh; like the Civic Reception hosted by the City of Edinburgh for Clan Cunningham that same day to honor the contribution of that monument to Edinburgh by CCG; like the first International Clan Cunningham Gathering in over 250 years at Balgonie Castle on November 27, 2003; like the 11 day Historical Sites Tour of France and the District of Cunninghame, Scotland which we organized and guided in November 2004; like the International Clan Cunningham Gathering at Stirling Castle on November 28, 2004; like the St. Andrew's Night Banquet and Gala at the French Château de Cherveux built by Robert de Conyngham in 1470, a Captain of the Scots Guard for French Kings Charles VII and Louis XI, where our members gathered with Scots and the French to celebrate the Auld Alliance and the strong Clan Cunningham ties to the château and the region; just to name a few. These activities over the last several years have made impressive strides in creating awareness that the legacy of Clan Cunningham is well remembered and celebrated by our society in the USA and beyond. We continue to make our presence known by joining in friendship and common cause with Cunninghams from our own neighborhoods, to the land of our ancestors, and those to which they travelled, fought, loved and died. All that we do at Clan Cunningham Global serves to preserve, discover, restore, document, protect and share our rich Celtic history and Clan Cunningham heritage.
Clan Cunningham Global distributes our informative and entertaining quarterly newsletter, packed with full-color original photographs of the District of Cunninghame in Scotland, to current members around the world. We also publish two copywritten books, written and illustrated by member James V. Miller, one on the origins, heritage and traditions of Clan Cunningham and the other a travel guide to Clan Cunningham historical sites in Scotland and Ireland. We also have available a poster size map of the District of Cunninghame as well as a set of three color prints all created by member James V. Miller (For details see Clan Store ) . In addition to the establishment of our own historical and genealogical libraries, CCG has chosen the Ellen Payne Odom Genealogical Library in Moultrie, Georgia to act as a repository for those materials meticulously collected over the years. The Odom Library is recognized as a leading repository for Scottish clan organizations across America and contains the genealogy and history of over one hundred clans.
CCG also presented the current owners of Finlaystone with the Glencairn Arms which resides there, thanks to their generosity, as an historical marker at Finlaystone House in Langbank, Scotland. Finlaystone Country Estate was the home of the Earls of Glencairn and the Clan Cunningham Chiefs for over 400 years and is currently owned and inhabited by George MacMillan, Chief of Clan MacMillan and is open to the public.
by Larry Augsbury, High Commissioner and Chairman
Well, now that the earth has comfortably survived the Mayan calendar reset of 12-21-2012, we can look ahead to the future; and more specifically what's in store for 2014 and beyond. Some items of note are listed below:
Our tour of Ireland, France, and Scotland is still in the works and has been tentatively rescheduled for 2014. Like our previous tours it is packed with unique and interesting Cunningham activities to preserve our history, perhaps discover more on this trip, and maybe even make a little more along the way. We would like it to coincide with the Gathering 2014 in Scotland currently in the feasibility study stage. If this second Gathering in Scotland establishes itself to the dignity of the Glencairn legacy we will not only be in attendance, but will follow through with our plans for another monument which we will dedicate, to coincide with the Gathering 2014, in our continued effort to further preserve in granite the Glencairn legacy for future generations of Cunninghams. Plans are currently being developed!
The last fifteen years of involvement with the administration of the Clan Cunningham Society with its world-wide membership have been a very satisfying experience. Our new members continue to instill a fresh vitality, initiative, and commitment that sustain our Clan Cunningham spirit. For example, we continue to expand our ever growing online genealogy database with some new and historically significant recent entries from around the world.
One of the principal benefits to our members continues to be our full-color international quarterly Communiqué newsletter packed with original photographs of our Celtic homelands, including the District of Cunninghame in Scotland Over the last twelve years, that's 48 consecutive issues, our CCSA newsletter has arrived faithfully every three months to current Clan Cunningham members with its wealth of interesting, informative, and entertaining information and images.
The Clan Cunningham Society continues its Board of Director approved Strategic Plan goals which includes consistent, timely, and responsive interaction with, and service to the world-wide Glencairn legacy, and our membership, and we continue to broadened our horizons well beyond the shores of America!
We fix our gaze back to when the Cunningham name was treated with great respect, whose chiefs' support and counsel was sought by Scotland's monarchs. With that in mind, we prepare for another journey in the very near future to those places from the past where Cunningham's left their mark centuries ago in Ireland, France, and Scotland! And where we shall endeavor to preserve that heritage, and leave our mark in the doing.
The past fifteen years have been a dramatic sojourn through a Cunningham era from which we are proud to have descended. We have broadened the scope of our Clan Cunningham Society far beyond the numerous hospitality tents we host at Scottish/Irish festivals and games.
To illustrate, twelve years ago we were contacted by François Redien, the owner of the Château de Cherveux, built by Robert de Conyngham during the turbulent middle ages! We sent a copy of our first foreign language newsletter, our January 15, 2003 edition, translated into French, to François, and featured his chateau in our April 15, 2003 edition which included the letter written in the year 1456 from King James II of Scotland to King Charles VII of France regarding Robert de Conyngham. We worked together with him to research his Cunningham connections and prepared a specially bound French translation of the new edition of our Clan Cunningham Origins, Heritage and Traditions book, with a new chapter dedicated to the Scottish/French "Auld Alliance", as a gift, presented to him in person on November 21, 2003 by our High Commissioner at the St Andrews Gala and celebration dinner which took place at the château, for display and reference in the Chateau de Cherveux to inform guests of its Cunningham origins. Pascale Hime, pictured at right, was a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, while she completed the translation, and is a native speaker of both French and English. The book is beautifically bound in leather with the Glencairn Arms in gold-foil stamped on its cover.
Our Clan Cunningham Society, continues to forge ahead into the 21st century with a clear vision for the future of an honorable Clan Cunningham presence in our contemporary era, and with a sharp eye back to the noble Cunningham heritage and esteemed reputation. We welcome you to join Clan Cunningham and be a part of the Clan Cunningham RISING!
To preserve and promote the customs, traditions, heritage and unity of Clan Cunningham.
* To research, collect, document and share with current members our vast Cunningham genealogical library and database.
* To identity, collect and preserve our Clan's historical documents, sites, tartans, music, literature and genealogical records.
* To cultivate an awareness of and appreciation for our Scottish culture, heraldry, music, customs, folklore, language, and assist in the education of Society members, and their descendants, or any other interested group in Scottish matters, past, present or future.
* To promote our Scottish heritage and inspire among our membership and future generations, the spirit and pride of our ancestors by representing the Society at Scottish Games, Festivals or any other related Gatherings.
* The Clan Cunningham Society of America, Inc. is Non-Profit, Non-Political and Non-Sectarian.
See some past CCSA Cunningham Newsletters published on Electric Scotland with photos and travel articles from the District of Cunninghame, read about the CCSA reorganization, Clan Cunningham history and much more!. Go to the membership page and join CCSA and receive your newsletter every three months and experience Scotland and Clan Cunningham heritage past and present.
Upon the death of John Cunningham, 15th Earl of Glencairn, without issue in 1796, the Glencairn line of these noble earls became dormant. There have been several unsuccessful claims to the title, none of which have been able to prove their claim to the Lord Lyon Court's satisfaction; until.....
Our goal has always been and will always be thus to uphold the esteemed legacy of the Earls of Glencairn, and their ancestors from whom this noble line descended.