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About James Cunningham, 7th Earl of Glencairn

James Cunningham, 7th Earl of Glencairn (died 1630) was a Scottish peer and member of the Privy Council of Scotland.

The eldest son and heir of William Cunningham, 6th Earl of Glencairn by his spouse Janet, daughter of Sir John Gordon of Lochinvar, James was engaged in the notorious Raid of Ruthven in 1582.

James, Earl of Glencairn, married firstly, on September 5, 1574 Margaret (d. January 1610), daughter of Sir Colin Campbell of Glenurquhy by his spouse Catherine née Ruthven. They had the following issue:

  1. William Cunningham, 8th Earl of Glencairn. Married Lady Janet Kerr.
  2. James Cunningham of Stevenstoun & Kerilaw (d. after August 1612).
  3. John Cunningham of Kilmarnock (d. after July 1627)
  4. Lady Ann, who married in 1603: James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton(d. 1625).
  5. Lady Susanna, who married in 1610: Alexander Lauder, younger of Haltoun (d. 1623).
  6. Lady Margaret, who married 1) in 1610: Sir James Maxwell of Calderwood 2) Sir James Hamilton of Evandale
  7. Lady Catherine, who married in 1612: Sir John Cunningham of Glengarnok
  8. Lady Jean (d. 1597): married Roger Kirkpatrick of Closeburne
  9. Lady Mary, who married John Crawfurd of Kilbirnie

The earl married secondly, Agnes, daughter of Sir James Hay of Fingask, and widow of George Preston of that Ilk and Craigmillar (d. 1609), by whom the earl had no issue.


  1. Sir Robert Douglas, revised by John Philip Wood, The Peerage of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1813, vol. 1, p. 416: Preston of Craigmillar.
  2. Burke, Messrs., John and John Bernard, The Royal Families of England, Scotland, and Wales, with their Descendants, London, volume 1, 1848, pedigrees XCII, CCII and CLXXIII.
  3. Anderson, William, The Scottish Nation, Edinburgh, 1867, vol. v, p. 312.
  4. Balfour Paul, Sir James, Lord Lyon King of Arms, The Scots' Peerage, Edinburgh, 1905: Glencairn.
  5. The Great Seal of Scotland, no. 345, confirmed at Edinburgh 24 July 1610.


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Glenorchy, Argyllshire, Scotland
Age 23
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Glencairn, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Kincardine, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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