The Shakefork e-mail Newsletter
January 2012
In This Issue
Upcoming Games
15th Earl of Glencairn.
Cunningham Falls State Park
Upcoming Games 
Clan Cunningham Tent

Stop by and visit the Clan Cunningham tent at these Festivals and Games.

Feb, 18 & 19 2012

Queen Mary Scottish Festival & Games (CA)

March 2 - 4, 2012  North Texas Irish Festival (TX)

March 3, 2012 
South Florida Scottish Festival & Games (FL)

March 10 & 11, 2012

Sonora Celtic Faire (CA)

April 14 & 15, 2012
Las Vegas Celtic Gathering & Highland Games (NV)

April 14th 2012
Ardenwood Tartan Day (CA)

April 20 - 22, 2012 Loch Norman Highland Games (NC) 
April 28 & 29, 2012

Sacramento Valley Scottish Games (CA)

Quick Links...


Join Our Mailing List

Happy New Year everyone! We hope that your Holiday season was filled with joy and love.  2012 promises to be an exciting year for Clan Cunningham.  It is hoped that the Lord Lyon will rule on the two candidates that have petitioned to be named Clan Chief of the Cunningham's.  As soon as we hear something, we will let you know.

15th Earl of Glencairn
John, 15th Earl of Glencairn, was born at Finlaystone May 17, 1750. He inherited the title from his brother. John was married to Lady Isabella Erskine, daughter of Henry David, Earl of Buchan. They had no children.

His life included many activities. He was an officer in 14th Dragoons. After he left the army, John took holy orders in the Church of England. He died at Coates
on September 24, 1796 and is buried in St. Cuthbert's churchyard, Edinburgh.

Upon his death, the estate of Finlaystone terms of the entail went to Robert Graham of Gartmor, eldest
surviving son of Lady Margaret Cunningham, who was eldest daughter of the 12th Earl. Three relatives claimed the Earldom itself. Sir Adam Fergusson, a
great-great grandson of Lady Margaret, placed his right to the title as heir-general of the 12th Earl. He was opposed by Sir Walter Montgomery Cunningham, who claimed as heir-male, being descended from Andrew Cunningham of Corsehill, 2nd son of William, 4th Earl of Glencairn. Opposition was also made by Lady Harriet Don, sister of last Earl. The House of
Lords on July 14, 1797 ruled that Sir Adam Fergusson had shown himself to be the heir-general of Alexander, Earl of Glencairn, who died in 1670. However, he had not proved his right to inherit the
dignity of Earl of Glencairn. Those honours remain dormant at this time.

The Court of the Lord Lyon - the official heraldry office for Scotland

The Court of the Lord Lyon is the heraldic authority for Scotland and deals with all matters relating to Scottish Heraldry and Coats of Arms and maintains the Scottish Public Registers of Arms and Genealogies.


Today the  Court of the Lord Lyon is considering petitions submitted by Sir John Montgomery Cuninghame, Baronet of Corsehill and William Robert Bontaine Cunninghame - Graham, both seeking to be named Chief of Clan Cunningham a position that has been vacant since the death of the 15th Earl of Glencairn. 


Cunningham Falls State Park
Cunningham Falls

Cunningham Falls State Park is located in the picturesque Catoctin Mountains. It is divided into two separate but unique areas. The William Houck Area located three miles west of Thurmont on Route 77 has the lake area, falls and camping area. The Manor Area off Route 15 three miles south of Thurmont has the Scales and Tales Aviary, camping and the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace.

Outdoor activity is everywhere at Cunningham Falls State Park. Leisure opportunities like swimming, hiking, fishing and canoeing are available. For those who wish to get away for either a night or longer there are campsites and camper cabins available for rental from April through October.

The staff and volunteers at Cunningham Falls State Park strive to make your visit a pleasant one. If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.

The Falls

A trip to Cunningham Falls State Park would not be complete without a visit to the scenic 78-foot waterfall, for which the Park is named. Cunningham Falls are the largest cascading waterfall in the state. The Falls, locally known as McAfee Falls, can be accessed via a short trail from the lake area or a boardwalk from Route 77 for those visitors with mobility impairments. This trail terminates at the Falls from either access point and is not a through trail. 


Have a Cunningham story to share?

Have a Cunningham photo to share?

e-mail me at:
Steve Cunningham
Clan Cunningham International