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About Lady Jean Cunningham


Lady Jean Cunningham is the eldest daughter of William, Earl of Glencairn. NRS: GD39/1/301 According to the Reverend John Anderson, Jean Cunningham was a daughter of Earl William's first wife, Lady Anne Ogilvy. The Scots Peerage IV: 249


Lady Jean Cunningham married William Earl of Kilmarnock. NRS: GD39/1/301 They were married at Edinburgh on 25 April 1661. The Scots Peerage V: 174 The marriage feast was held in her father's house in Edinburgh. The Diary of Mr. John Lamont of Newton: 135

Evidence from the National Records of Scotland


28 November 1660 and 25 Aptil 1661: Contract of marriage between William Lord Boyd and Lady Jean Cunningham eldest daughter of William Earl of Glencairn Lord High Chancellor of Scotland with consent of the Earl, By which inter alia Lord Boyd obliges him to infeft Lady Jean his promised spouse in the 5 pound land of Badinoch with the tower fortalice etc lying in the parish of Lenzie and county of Dumbarton etc. Witnesses James Lord Kilmaurs eldest son and Colonel Robert Cunningham brother german of the Earl Sir John Craufurd of Kilbirnie, Sir Alexander Morison of Prestongrange and Sir John Gilmour of Craigmiller knights Robert Boyd of Pitcon, Mr John Cunningham younger of Broomhill Advocate, Robert Cunningham physician to the king and Mr Robert Wallace Minister at Barnwell. At Edinburgh 28 November 1660 and 25th April 1661. National Records of Scotland, Earls of Glencairn, reference GD39/1/301


17 - 23 April 1661: Instrument of Sasine in favour of Lady Cunningham, eldest daughter of William, Earl of Glencairn, of the £5 land of Baddenhaith with the teinds thereof in parish of Lenzie and sheriffdom of Dumbarton, the £33 land of the lands and barony of Grugar in bailiary of Cunninghame, the £20 land of Hairshawmuir with the mill and mill lands thereof, the £11 6s. 8d. land of Welstoune and mill called Crooksmylne and mill lands and teinds thereof, in lordship of Kilmarnock and sheriffdom of Ayr; on contract of Marriage dated 28 Nov. 1660, between William, Lord Boyd, and said Lady Jean Cunningham, whereby he bound himself to infeft Lady Jean in above lands. National Records of Scotland, Earls of Glencairn, reference GD39/1/124


  1. The Scots Peerage. Edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, LL.D., Lord Lyon King of Arms. Volume V. (David Douglas, Edinburgh, 1908), pp. 136-182 for Boyd, Earl of Kilmarnock
  2. Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003). Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition


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Lady Jean Cunningham's Timeline

April 14, 1664
probably at Badenheath near Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
December 15, 1665
probably at Badeheath near Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Near Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
May 6, 1669
Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
July 8, 1670
probably at Badenheath near Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
March 5, 1672
probably at Badenheath near Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
April 1, 1674
probably at Badenheath near Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
September 9, 1675
probably at Badenheath in the parish of Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom