James Cunningham

Male9 January 1818–15 May 1864

Brief Life History of James

When James Cunningham was born on 9 January 1818, in Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Cunningham, was 28 and his mother, Helen Blythe, was 25. He married Janet Jessie Syme on 22 May 1841, in Temple, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Cousland, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851 and Whitburn, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1861. He died on 15 May 1864, in Carnwath, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 46, and was buried in Edinburgh Rosebank Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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Family Time Line

James Cunningham
Janet Jessie Syme
Marriage: 22 May 1841
Thomas Syme Cunningham
George William Cunningham
Susan Cunningham
Helen Cunningham
William Cunningham
John S Cunningham
James Cunningham
Jessie Syme Cunningham
Susan Cunningham
Agnes Cunningham
Andrew Cunningham
Margaret Cunningham
Beatrice Cunningham

Sources (27)

  • James S. Cunningham in entry for John S. Cunningham, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
  • James Cunningham in entry for George Cunningham, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • James Cunningham in household of Thomas Cunningham, "Scotland Census, 1841"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    22 May 1841Temple, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Children (13)

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    Siblings (4)

    World Events (7)

    1820 · """The """"Radical War""""."""

    Age 2

    The Scottish Insurrection was a week of strikes and unrest with demands for reform in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The economic downturn after the Napoleonic war ended, brought increasing unrest with the Artisan workers in Scotland, seeking action to reform the government. But the insurrection was largely forgotten about, as attention was focused on the better publicized Radical events in England.


    Age 5

    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

    1832 · The Scottish Reform Act

    Age 14

    The Scottish Reform Act was introduced by Parliament that introduced changes to the election laws in Scotland. The Act didn’t change the method of how the counties elected members but adopted a different solution for each pair of counties. Ultimately, it brought about boundary changes so that some burghs would have more say for the country than others.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: habitational name from the province of Cunningham in Ayrshire, first recorded in 1153 in the form Cunegan, a Celtic name of uncertain origin. The spellings in -ham, first recorded in 1180, and in -ynghame, first recorded in 1227, represent a gradual assimilation to the English placename element -ingham.

    Irish: surname adopted from Gaelic Ó Cuinneagáin ‘descendant of Cuinneagán’, a personal name from a double diminutive of the Old Irish personal name Conn meaning ‘leader, chief’. This name is also adopted for Ó Connacháin, a variant of Ó Connagáin ‘descendant of Connagán’, from a diminutive of the personal name Conn.

    History: A family of this name (see 1 above) can be traced back to Wernebald de Cunynghame, who was granted the manor of Cunningham by Hugh de Morville in the early 12th century.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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