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Barbara Cunningham

Female Abt 1634 - Aft 1694  (~ 60 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Barbara Cunningham was born about 1634 (daughter of John Cunningham and Janet Lockhart); died after 22 Feb 1694.

    Family/Spouse: Michael Wallace. Michael died in in Ramelton, Donegal, Ireland. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Margaret Wallace was born about 1664; died in 1738 in White Clay Creek, New Castle, Delaware; was buried in White Clay Creek, New Castle, Delaware.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  John Cunningham (son of William Cunningham and Agnes Cunningham); died before 17 Apr 1672.

    John married Janet Lockhart before 8 Jan 1634. Janet (daughter of John Lockhart and Marion Cunningham) died before 17 Apr 1672. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Janet Lockhart (daughter of John Lockhart and Marion Cunningham); died before 17 Apr 1672.
    Children:
    1. Margaret Cunningham died in Apr 1700.
    2. 1. Barbara Cunningham was born about 1634; died after 22 Feb 1694.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  William Cunningham was born in in of Clonbeith, Ayrshire, Scotland.

    William married Agnes Cunningham. Agnes died in Dec 1612 in Clonbeith, Ayrshire, Scotland. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Agnes Cunningham died in Dec 1612 in Clonbeith, Ayrshire, Scotland.
    Children:
    1. 2. John Cunningham died before 17 Apr 1672.

  3. 6.  John Lockhart (son of Alexander Lockhart and Margaret Kennedy); died in 1614.

    Notes:

    "In 1595 in the church at Stewarton a marriage contract was signed between John Lockhart and Marion Cunningham, daughter of the late William Cunningham of Aiket and his wife Helen Colquhoun. Their eldest son was born in 1598 (he was the only son by 1614) followed be two daughters, Margaret and Janet. John Lockhart, for many years the town's commissioner at Parliament, acquired a taste for living in style, and when he died the furnishings of his house were valued at 800 pounds, plus 500 pounds worth of silver work. With his connections in high places (in his will the Earl of Dunfermline and Lord Abercorn were asked to be patrons 'of his poor wife and bairns and to see them not oppressed or wronged') John Lockhart had ambitions to be more than a minor Ayrshire laird. For centuries his kinsmen the Lockharts of Bar had been a powerful family at Galston but in 1609 their fortunes had declined, the last laird, George Lockhart and his wife living in rented rooms in Ayr and unable to pay the thirteen merks owing to the schoolmaster for teaching their two sons and daughter in 1606. In 1610 John Lockhart purchased their lands and the tower of Bar and henceforth was known as the Laird of Bar, a title that carried far more authority in Ayrshire than 'John Lockhart of Boghall.'" [Ayr and Its People, citation details below]

    John married Marion Cunningham in 1595 in Stewarton, Ayrshire, Scotland. Marion (daughter of William Cunningham and Helen Colquhoun) died in Jan 1623 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Marion Cunningham (daughter of William Cunningham and Helen Colquhoun); died in Jan 1623 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

    Notes:

    "Marion Cunningham, Lady Bar, died at her home in Ayr in January 1623. She was the daughter of William Cunningham of Aiket and Helen Colquhoun, daughter of a Highland chief. […] She grew up in an age of aggression in northern Ayrshire, the time of the great feud betewen the Montgomery Earl of Eglinton and the Cunningham Earl of Glencairn which lasted over seventy years in the sixteenth century." [Ayr and Its People, citation details below]

    Children:
    1. 3. Janet Lockhart died before 17 Apr 1672.


Generation: 4

  1. 12.  Alexander Lockhart (son of John Lockhart and Janet Bannatyne).

    Notes:

    He was baillie of Ayr in the 1590s, and provost in 1601.

    Alexander married Margaret Kennedy. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 13.  Margaret Kennedy
    Children:
    1. 6. John Lockhart died in 1614.

  3. 14.  William Cunningham was born in in of Aiket, Ayrshire, Scotland.

    Notes:

    He and his family appear to have had some excitement in their lives. From Janet and Robert Wolfe Genealogy, all citing Ancient Criminal Trials in Scotland by Robert Pitcairn, Volume 1, parts 2 and 3 (Edinburgh: The Bannatyne Club, 1833):

    1570 On November 4, William Cunningham of Aiket, his servants William Fergushill and Florence Crawfurd, and John Raburne of that Ilk were accused of the murder of John Mure of Cauldwell. They were acquitted on testimony that the murder was committed by the late Alexander Cunningham the younger of Aiket. […]

    1578/79 On January 12, Helen Colquhoun did not appear in court. She was accused of administering poison to her husband William Cunningham the previous October. […]

    1585 On February 12, brothers Alexander and William Cunningham of Aiket and Patrick Cunningham in Bordland were accused of taking part in the murder of Hugh Mure, Earl of Eglinton.

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    Note that while Helen Colquhoun was, on 12 Jan 1579, charged with "administering poison to her husband" the previous October, the inconclusive surviving record does not appear to confirm that her husband actually died at that time. He may have, and the "brothers Alexander and William Cunningham of Aiket" who were accused of taking part in the murder of the 4th Earl of Eglinton may have been the Alexander and William who were among the sons of William Cunningham and Helen Colquhoun. Or the William of this pair may have been this William Cunningham. The Wikipedia article Barony of Aiket, citing Castles of the Clans by Martin Coventry (Musselburgh, Scotland: Goblinshead, 2010), calling the husband of Helen Colquhoun "Robert Cunninghame", asserts that he, who was accused of the murder of John Mure and was the target of a poisoning attempt by his wife, was also among those implicated in the murder of Hugh Mure / Montgomerie, the 4th Earl.

    Ayr and Its People (citation details below) calls William Cunningham of Aiket "the late" at the time of his daughter Marion's 1595 marriage contract with John Lockhart.

    William married Helen Colquhoun before 24 Oct 1564. Helen (daughter of Humphrey Colquhoun and Helen Graham) died between 13 Jun 1594 and 13 Mar 1596 in Aiket, Ayrshire, Scotland. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 15.  Helen Colquhoun (daughter of Humphrey Colquhoun and Helen Graham); died between 13 Jun 1594 and 13 Mar 1596 in Aiket, Ayrshire, Scotland.

    Notes:

    Lady Aikitt, elder, sheriffdom of Ayr.

    "In 1578-79, another of [the Colquhoun] clan, Helen Colquhoun, was accused of the 'treasonable administering of poysoun' to her spouse, William Cunninghame of Aiket; but the fragmentary records give us little information about these trials…" ["Poisoning in Scotland", citation details below]

    The will of Helene Colquhoun, Lady Aikitt, elder, sheriffdom of Ayr, was proved in the Edinburgh commissary court on 13 Mar 1596.

    The 1877 Colquhoun pedigree ("Colquhoun of Luss", citation details below) shows Helen Colquhoun, daughter of Humphrey, marrying a "James" Cunningham of Aiket; it also gives her mother's name as "Katherine", rather than Helen, a mistake that also appears in many Burke's Pedigrees products. In a pair of posts to soc.genealogy.medieval on 10 Oct 2019, John Brandon points out that the papal dispensation of 1509 clearly identifies Humphrey Colquhoun's wife as Helen. As to whether Humphrey Colquhoun's and Helen Graham's daughter Helen was indeed, the Helen who married Cunningham of Aiket, Brandon points to the marriage of Robert Graham of Knockdolian, who was known to have been involved in dealings with William and Helen (Colquhoun) Cunningham, to Christian Graham, daughter of the second William Graham, 2nd earl of Montrose — further evidence of Graham-Colquhoun prosopographical adjancency.

    Children:
    1. 7. Marion Cunningham died in Jan 1623 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.