Alexander de Cunynghame (c.1425 - 1488) MP

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Nicknames: "Cunningham;Cuninghame;Cunynghame;"
Birthplace: Glencairn, Dumfries, Scotland
Death: Died in Battle of Sauchieburn
Occupation: Earl 1 of Glencairn
Managed by: Henrik Nissen Sætness
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About Alexander de Cunynghame

1. Alexander de Cunynghame, Lord of Kilmaurs, Earl of Glencairn, son of Sir Robert de Cunynghame of Kilmaurs; married Margaret Hepburn, daughter of Sir Adam Hepburn of Hailes and Janet Borthwick. Alexander was killed on 11 June 1488 at the Battle of Sauchieburn, near Stirling, Scotland.

Alexander was created Lord Kilmaurs in about 1450. In 1460 he petitioned the Pope with regard to his right to present to the parish of Glencairn (in west Nithsdale, Dumfriesshire). He was created a Lord of Parliament as Lord Kilmaurs in 1463/64. He was a strong supporter of James III against the rebel nobles headed by Prince James, and he defeated the rebel forces at Blackness. This was probably why he was created Earl of Glencairn on 28 May 1488. He also got a grant of land for himself and his heirs. The king was defeated at the Battle of Sauchieburn shortly after and the earl was killed alongside the king, possibly by Hugh Montgomerie, 1st Earl of Eglinton. His earldom was revoked by the new King James IV's parliament, but was later recovered by his successors.

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