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Margaret Danielston of Danielston

Also Known As: "Margaret of Danyelston", "de Danielston", "Danielston"
Birthplace: Creigends, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Death: 1409 (29-39)
Kilmaurs, East Ayrshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Robert de Danielston and Margaret Montifichet
Wife of Sir William Cuninghame, of Kilmaurs
Mother of Henry Cunnynghame; Margaret Cunnynghame; William Cunningham, of Bonnalay and Robert Cunningham of Kilmaurs
Sister of Walter de Danielston and Elizabeth Denniston

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About Margaret Danielston of Danielston

  • Margaret Danielston1,2,3
  • F, #39768, d. before 7 July 1409
  • Father Sir Robert de Danielston1,4,5 d. 1397
  • Mother Katherine Semple
  • Margaret Danielston was born at of Danielston & Finlaystown, Renfrewshire, Scotland.1 She married Sir William Cunningham, Sheriff of Ayr, Lord of Kilmaurs, son of Sir William Cunningham, Earl of Carrick, Sheriff of Ayr and Margaret, before 18 October 1405; They had 2 sons (Sir Robert; & William). He also had two illegitimate sons (John; & William, Vicar of Dundonald, Canon of Glasgow).1,4,2,3 Margaret Danielston died before 7 July 1409.1,3
  • Family Sir William Cunningham, Sheriff of Ayr, Lord of Kilmaurs d. b 27 Dec 1415
  • Child
    • Sir Robert Cunningham+1 d. bt 1448 - 1451
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11566] The Scots Peerage, Vol. IV, edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, p. 230.
  • 2.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 651-652.
  • 3.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 644-645.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 566.
  • 5.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 644.
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  • Margaret de Danyelston1
  • F, #326435
  • Last Edited=27 Dec 2008
  • Margaret de Danyelston is the daughter of Sir Robert de Danyelston.1 She married Sir William Cuninghame of Kilmaurs, son of William Cunynghame, 1st and last Earl of Carrick and Margaret (?).1
  • Child of Margaret de Danyelston and Sir William Cuninghame of Kilmaurs
    • 1.Sir Robert Cuninghame of Kilmaurs+2 d. fr 1447/48 - 1450/51
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 993. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 2.[S37] BP2003. [S37]
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Origins of the Clan Cunningham in Scotland

  • IX. .... etc.
  • X. Sir William Cuninghame of Kilmaurs. He appears in several records, as in 1350, 1354 and 1364. He married Eleanor Bruce countess of Carrick; and in her right was created Earl of Carrick; by this lady he had no issue; by a former marriage he had three sons. His third son, Thomas, was ancestor of the Cunninghames of Caprington. The eldest son predeceased him, without issue. He was succeeded by the second son,
  • XI. Sir William Cuninghame of Kilmaurs, who acquired a great addition to the family estate, by marriage with Margaret, the eldest co-heir of Sir Robert Danielstoun. His part of that vast property was the lands or baronies of Danielstoun and Finlaystoun, in Renfrewshire; Kilmarnock, in Dunbartonshire; Redhall and Colintoun, in Midlothian; together with Glencairn, in Dumfrieshire, afterwards the chief title of the family. He died in 1418. His second son, William, was ancestor of Cunninghamhead. His third son, Henry, appears in 1417 in a transaction at Irvine. He was succeeded by his eldest son,
  • XII. Sir Robert Cuninghame of Kilmaurs. He married in 1425, Anne, the only daughter of Sir John de Montgomery of Ardrossan, by whom he had two sons. The second son, Archibald, was the first of the Cunninghames of Waterstoun, a family now extinct. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Alexander Cunningham, the first Earl of Glencairn.
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Kilmaurs Place

  • Kilmaurs Place, The Place or Kilmaurs House, is an old mansion house or fortalice at grid reference NS41234112 in Kilmaurs, East Ayrshire, Scotland. The house stands on a prominence above the Carmel Water and has a commanding view of the surrounding area. .... etc.
    • Kilmaurs as the Clan Cunninghame seat
  • Sir William Cunningham of Kilmaurs, married Margaret Denniston of Glencairn & Finlaystone in the late 14th-century and from this time Kilmaurs became increasing less significant as a family seat, Finlaystone being the preferred home. Sir William's grandson, Alexander Cunningham, was created Ist Earl of Glencairn on 28 May 1488. The Cunninghame chiefs had a much reduced connection with the barony of Kilmaurs after 1484 when Finlaystone became the de facto family seat; Sir William Cunningham of Kilmaurs had married Margaret Denniston, sole heir to Sir Robert Denniston in 1405 and the dowry included the baronies of Denniston and Finlaystone in Renfrewshire, the lands of Kilmaronock in Dumbartonshire, and the barony of Glencairn in Dumfrieshire.[28] In 1545 Kerelaw Castle was the summer dwelling of the Earl of Glencairn and Finlaystone was the winter abode.[29] The Cuninghames of Hill of Beith Castle and Caddel were a cadet branch of the Cunninghames of Kilmaurs.
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Clan Cunningham

  • Clan Cunningham is a Scottish clan. .... etc.
  • During the Wars of Scottish Independence the Cunninghams were supporters of the Bruces in their fight for Scottish independence.[2] However prior to this their name appears in the Ragman Rolls, swearing fealty to Edward I of England in 1296.[2] Bruce being generous to his supporters and after his victory the lands of Lamburgton were added to that of Kilmaurs in 1319 by royal charter.[2] Sir William Cunningham of Kilmaurs was amongst the Scottish nobleman offered as a hostage to David II of Scotland's English captors in 1354.[2] Sir William's eldest son, also named William, married Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Denniston of that Ilk and acquired through her substantial lands including Glen Cairn and Finlayston in Renfrewshire.[2]
  • .... etc.
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  • .... etc.
  • The Cunninghame chiefs had only a slight connection with the barony of Kilmaurs after 1484 when Finlaystone became the family seat. Sir William Cunningham of Kilmaurs had married Margaret Denniston, sole heir to Sir Robert Denniston in 1405. The dowry included the baronies of Denniston and Finlaystone in Renfrewshire, the lands of Kilmaronock in Dumbartonshire, and the barony of Glencairn in Dumfrieshire.[27] In 1616 many parcels of land belonging to the Barony of Kilmaurs were disposed of, together with Kilmaurs place and other possessions.[7] In 1520 Lambrochton was acquired by Hugh, first Earl of Eglintoun (see Townhead of Lambroughton). Paterson (1866) states that Lambruchton was one of the lands inherited by Alexander Cuninghame of Corshill in May 1546, held by right of Royal Charter.
  • .... etc.
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  • 'Cunningham01'
  • This family's name is spelt with every variation in the use of I or Y, one or two Ns, U (most used) or O (used mainly by some cadet branches in Ireland but occasionally in some references to earlier families in Scotland), and with/without an E at the end.
  • Wernebald de Cuningham (a 1140)
    • 1. Robert de Cunynghame of Kilmaurs (a 1153, 1196)
    • TSP reports that Robert's wife is usually said to have been Richenda (a 1245), daughter of Sir Humphrey de Barclay of Gairntully, (which is what is reported by BE1883) but adds that "this is very doubtful", noting that Richenda's husband was still alive in 1238 (possibly a later husband?).
      • A. Robert de Cunynghame (a 1188)
      • BE1883 moves from Robert to Hervey, "great grandson of the last Robert". TSP notes that "the next step in the pedigree is conjectural" and describes Harvey as "the next on record" after ...
        • i. Richard de Cunningham possibly father or grandfather of ...
          • a. Harvey or Hervey de Cunynghame of Kilmaurs (a 1263) the first mentioned by BPGS2001
          • Neither TSP nor BPGS2001 name Hervey's wife. BE1883 identifies her as the heiress of Riddell of Glengarnock but we follow Paterson in showing her as wife of Reginald, 2nd son of Hervey's son ...
            • (1) Edward de Cunynghame of Kilmaurs (d 1285)
            • m. Mary Stewart (sister of James, High Steward)
            • BE1883 & BPGS2001 insert another generation here, a Gilbert (d 1292), but TSP suggests that the Gilbert referred to was of another family. TSP reports that apparently "the next in order" was ...
              • (A) Robert Cunningham of Kilmaurs (d 1330) inferred by TSP as succeeded by ...
                • (i) Hugh de Cunningham omitted by BE1883, probably father of ...
                  • (a) Sir William Cunningham of Kilmaurs, Sheriff of Ayr, 'Earl of Carrick' (d before 07.1399)
                  • TSP reports that "It is frequently stated that he got the earldom by marrying Eleanor Douglas or Bruce, Countess of Carrick, and lost it on her death, but though the lady was several times married, Sir William does not appear as one of her husbands." We provisionally follow BE1883 which identifies her as shown below. This makes her (only?) daughter of Countess Eleanor by her 1st husband (Alexander Bruce, Earl of Carrick), providing a reason for William to obtain the title, but apparently the title then followed her mother's later husbands, odd since the title came through Alexander Bruce. TCP (Carrick) notes that "there seems to be no evidence of her existence", clearly indicating some scepticism of the (alleged) connection.
                  • m1. Eleanor Bruce (dau of Alexander Bruce, Earl of Carrick)
                  • m(2). Margaret possibly mother of ...
                    • ((1)) Sir William Cunynghame of Kilmaurs, Sheriff of Ayr (d by 12.1415, 2nd son)
                    • m(1). Margaret Danielston (d before 0.1409, dau of Sir Robert Danielston of that ilk)
                      • ((A)) Sir Robert Cunningham of Kilmaurs
                      • m. (mcrt 16.06.1425) Anne Montgomery (dau of Sir John Montgomery of Ardrossan)
                        • ((i)) Alexander Cunningham, 1st Earl of Glencairn (d Sauchieburn 11.06.1488)
                        • m. Margaret Hepburn (dau of Adam Hepburn, Master of Hailes)
                        • ((ii)) Archibald Cunningham (a 1478)
                      • ((B)) William Cuningham of Bonnalay
                      • m. _ Ross
                        • ((i)) Robert Cuningham, 1st of Cuninghamhead
                        • m. _ Douglas, heiress of Cuninghamhead
                      • TSP reports that Sir William may also have married Mary Stewart, dau of King Robert III, before her 3rd/4th marriage (to Sir William Grahame), noting "There is no clear evidence that the marriage ... took place, though it is not improbable."
                      • partner unknown (may have been Agnes)
                      • ((C)) John Cuningham (a 1415)
                      • p. Agnes
                      • ((D)) William Cuningham (a 1418, vicar of Dundonald)
                    • ((2)) Thomas Cunynghame of Badlane or Bedland or Bedlan (a 1413)
                      • ((A)) Adam Cuninghame of Bedlan, 1st of Caprington
                      • m. (c1425) ?? Wallace (dau of Sir Duncan Wallace of Sundrum)
                    • The Cuninghames of Aiket were descended from those of Bedland. The connection may have come through ...
                      • ((B)) ?? Cuninghame
                        • ((i)) ?? Cuninghame
                          • ((a)) Alexander Cuninghame of Over Aitkead
                    • ((3)) Margaret Cunynghame
                    • m. (by 1364) Fergus Macduel of Mackerstoun
                    • ((4)) daughter probably of this generation
                    • m. ?? Logan of Grugar
                    • ((5))+ other issue - Robert of Garvard (dvp by 1385), Alexander (a 1413), John (a 1413)
                  • (b) Sir Andrew de Cunynghame of Polmaise and Drumquhassil
                  • TSP reports that Andrew (m. Margaret, d 1388) received Eschend and other lands in Lennox and "is said to be ancestor of the Cunninghams of Drumquhassil and others in Lennox". BLG1886 (Cuninghame of Mount Kennedy), possibly following BE1883, shows him as son rather than grandson of (Sir) Robert.
                  • (c) ? Sir Nigel Cunningham in Fife
                    • ((1)) Archibald Cunningham
                      • ((A)) William Cunningham
              • (B) Reginald Cunningham (a 1292)
              • Identified as 2nd son of Sir Edward by Mary (Stewart) by Paterson's Ayr. TSP notes that "the name of the second son is conjectural" but refers to the connection made by Paterson.
              • m. Jonet Riddell, heiress of Glengarnock
  • Main source(s): TSP (Glencairn), BE1883 (Cunynghame of Kilmaurs and Glencairn) with some support from BPGS2001 (Fergusson-Cuninghame of Caprington)
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Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, Scotland
Creigends, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Age 34
Kilmaurs, East Ayrshire, Scotland