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Massive Heraldic Unicorn Statue
Stolen from Property by Thieves!
from left to right- CCSA's: Chairman and High Commissioner, Larry Augsbury; Retired Wyoming State Commissioner, Lynn Cunningham;
Lynn's wife, Janet Cunningham; and their son, Artiste et Sculpteur Extraordinaire, Forest Cunningham
during the wee hours of 9 11 2021...
thieves trespassed on the property of our Clan Cunningham Society of America(CCSA), Chairman, unlatched the gate in his fence to the backyard, lifted the Clan Cunningham Rampant Unicorn statue, Lorcàn le Rouge, from the ground where it was resting awaiting restoration and resurrection, carried it to the street, stealing it from his private property. He heard a noise which awakened him, but as he heard no voices, nor the latch, nor gate opening, nor any obvious indication of our statue being carried away, he imagined - maybe it was just a neighbor walking their dog that woke him up; so he decided not to open the window shade and have a look outside...
The police were called but declined to come to the scene or investigate the theft at first. They recommended that CCSA post the theft on the online social media platform, Nextdoor. So we did. Many comments were posted, several from neighbors recommending that we report the theft to a local TV News station; which we did. As of this writing in the autumn of 2021, a link to the news report video clip file was still up on their web site at Fox.
Following the news report of the theft airing on the local 5pm and 7pm Fox Denver TV News programs on 9/19/21, a Westminster, Colorado Police Officer arrived at the scene the next morning and filed the "Stolen Unicorn 9-11-21 Case Report#: 2021-13335" on the theft of the Rampant Unicorn Statue carving from a once living cottonwood tree trunk. He walked the crime scene taking many photos and was shown other photos taken documenting the carving process; eight of which were emailed to him for uploading into evidence where the FOX 31 News Report Clip link was already included in evidence.
Then on Wednesday, September 22, Police Officer, John McDonald, who was just assigned the case stopped by to inspect the scene, get the story, and also viewed some of the carving photos from 2008; when the statue was originally completed. Anyone with any information on this stolen Unicorn statue or its whereabouts please call Officer McDonald at the Westminster, CO, Police Department at his line at (303) 658-4120 and refer to their Case Report#: "2021-13335" in helping the acclaimed and honorable Scottish Clan Cunningham return Lorcàn le Rouge to his rightful place of honor.
At left, is the cottonwood tree as it appeared in June 2006. Hmmm, the French master sculptor, Rodin, had stared at a very large lump of clay in his parisienne studio wondering what was inside, until voila: "The Thinker" attained its form, and remains there at the Rodin Museum in Paris today! I envisioned "The Unicorn" in that tree, but needed someone special like Forest who could find him! (at right).
So what makes this Unicorn heraldic you may wonder? Heraldry is the science of armorial bearings, the art of blazoning such armorial bearings, the settling of rights of persons: to bear arms, or to use certain bearings, or to trace and record their genealogies, or of recording honors, and of deciding questions of precedence.
Heraldry utilizes symbolism to authenticate these rights through the use of heraldic devices. A composition of these component devices represent a "Full Achievement of Arms and Bearings" better known colloquially - or in an abbreviated form - as a coat of arms which is the personal property of only one nation, or one person- passed on to their rightful successive heir; who in Scottish heritage is very often the Clan Chief and whom may also bear other titles like a knight or earl; or any nation or person that The Court of The Lord Lyon deems worthy.
In the case of Clan Cunningham, the direct line of Clan Cunningham Chiefs was recognized by The Lord Lyon King of Arms of Scotland as being held by the direct line of the Earls of Glencairn - the Glencairn Line of Cunninghams - located in the Ancient District of Cunninghame, Scotland. Among the "heraldic devices" in the Glencairn Full Achievement of Arms and Bearings of Scotland(Glencairn Arms)(above far left) is the "Crest" in the form of the head of a unicorn. The unicorn is a very rare symbol in heraldry, mostly reserved exclusively for royal use as by the Royal Arms: of Scotland(2nd from left), of Canada(3rd from left), and of England(4th from left); for example. In the three Royal Arms above the unicorns are rampant[standing upright on their rear legs] as "Supporters"[another heraldic device] of the "Shield"[another heraldic device], whereas the supporters in the Glencarin Arms are rabbits. As you can see, there are two supporters, one on each side of the shield to support it in an upright position. Scotland has two unicorn supporters, whereas Canada, and England[nowadays part of The United Kingdom] have one rampant unicorn and one rampant lion.
At left, is the cottonwood tree in early springtime two years later while slowly bringing the giant down little-by-little in preparation for artist Forest Cunningham's arrival later that spring instead of coming to grips with adding to the cord wood pile for the winter's fireplace as was the most likely scenario prior to last autumn's pleasantly welcomed surprise!
As serendipity is want to do from time to time to dazzle us with the unexpected, along comes some Scottish members the previous autumn from Wyoming to share our company at the Scottish festival in Estes Park, CO, help host our Clan Cunningham tent, march in the parade wearing our kilts and Scottish attire, having some haggis and a wee dram of some fine single malt scotch to top it off as our conversation turns to the cottonwood tree and I ask Lynn and Forest if they happen to know anyone who's good with a chain saw?... They both looked at each other rather flabergasted, and the Lorcàn le Rouge project was conceived then and there, on the spot! Or at least getting closer to sculpting and dedicating a symbol of our proud Scottish heritage in a rather subtle fashion! (above right)
Forest began in April 2008 by etching an outline of the unicorn into the outer surface of the tree trunk with a chain saw(above far left). It became delightfully apparent on the very first day that there was indeed a unicorn within, waiting patiently for Forest to finally set him free! A frenzy of wood chips flew like a blizzard as chunks of wood fell away revealing an animated image of Lorcàn forcefully extending his right front leg straight out as if to ward off any unwelcome trespassers. Unfortunately as can be seen in the upper right image, Lorc lost half of that right leg in a skirmish with a disgruntled neighbor; which was one of the reasons he was resting on the ground in the back yard awaiting restoration(at bottom right) from where he was stolen by thieves trespassing on private property on 9-11-2021.
So, Lorcàn le Rouge is more than just a 13' tall wooden unicorn sculpture, but also an historical heraldic symbol in the fields of science, symbology, art, law, and genealogy representing certain nations and families like the distinguished Scottish Cunningham Clan whose kith and kin helped forge the histories of Scotland, and France during the Auld Alliance, Great Britain when Mary(Stuart) Queen of Scots' son, King James VI of Scotland also became King James I of England and Ireland upon the death of Queen Elizabeth(Tudor)I of England and Ireland in 1603, thus leading to the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and helping forge the United States of America with a great many Scots serving as its Founding Fathers, many early Presidents were Scots like George Washington, and a majority of Scots were signers of the Declaration of Independence. So if you happen to hear about, or see a massive wooden unicorn statue resembling Lorcàn lingering about somewhere on the planet, please call Officer McDonald at the Westminster, Colorado Police Department at (303) 658-4120 and send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon the death of John Cunningham, the 15th Earl of Glencairn, without issue in 1796, the earldom and this noble Glencairn line became dormant, and thus the Cunninghams were an Armigerous Clan for over 217 years- without a Clan Chief... until December 18, 2013, when Sir John Christopher Foggo Montgomery Cunninghame, Baronet of Corsehill, was recognized as our Clan Cunningham Chief by the Court of The Lord Lyon, King of Arms of Scotland!
This brings us back to the Glencairn Arms and John Cunningham, the 15th and last Earl of Glencairn, the last of the Glencairn line of Cunninghames, the last Clan Cunningham Chief of an era, and in effect the unfortunate end of a very distinguished and vastly different, polished era of that 18th century of the 2nd millennium AD in contrast with the unfortunate advent of the disingenuous clishmaclaver of the 21st century of the 3rd millennium; and how our CCSA society tidied-up several loose ends from the 2nd millennium in proper Clan Cunningham old-school form beginning at the very onset of the brand new year 2000 century and millennium.
CCSA was aware before the turn of the last century that 15th Earl, Clan Chief John Cunningham, was rumored to have been interred at St Cuthbert Churchyard at "The Kirk below the Castle" which is located at the northwest base of Edinburgh castle and borders the Princess Street Gardens. The church is surrounded by that graveyard where burials have taken place for a thousand years although an accurate knowledge begins with the reformation through the 19th century when interments ceased. Unfortunately, rumor also had it that his tombstone was missing from his gravesite.
Chairman, Larry Augsbury and his wife decided a vacation to Scotland and Ireland would be a delightful holiday, and adventure, and that embarking on that trip during the first spring of the first year of the first century of the brand-new third millennium in May of 2000 seemed even more enchanting; and indeed it was!
A stroke of luck, along with a generous dose of Scottish tenacity, enabled Larry to locate our last Glencairn Earl and Chief's grave, on May 5, 2000. After checking every door to the church, all locked, and searching among the more than a thousand graves for some time, he noticed a door to the church open. He quickly entered and started snooping around. A custodian approached and explained that the church was closed. The door was temporarily open only to let construction workers enter, he said. Larry withdrew his Cunningham Sites book and pointed out the entry about John's grave and inquired after its whereabouts. The gentleman kindly retrieved an eight page "Churchyard Guide" from another room which contained several categories of notables buried there; including a map. We skimmed it for the 15th Earl's grave without success. Determined to continue, Larry requested a copy which the custodian generously obliged. Upon closer scrutiny under the category "Titled Persons" they found: John, Earl of Glencairn (1750-1796) #406. The map revealed the location to be along the northwest wall which separates King's Stables Road from the churchyard. Much to their dismay, when they reached the grave backed by a low stone wall they found that the tombstone had been broken away from the wall and was inexplicably missing. They did not notice any other gravesite in the churchyard defaced in such a manner. Larry was very disappointed. He carefully searched the ground below where the tombstone once displayed its epitaph and found two fragments that could have been part of the original marker.
Larry was deeply inspired by that exploration of Scotland and Ireland in 2000, tracing the footsteps of prominent Cunninghams who left their marks, not only there, but around the world like in France by Robert de Cunningham(Conyngham), Lord of Cherveux, Captain of the Scots Guard and King's Bodyguard for both Kings Charles VII and Louis XI of France - during the Auld Alliance which existed for centuries during the Middle Ages between Scotland and France against their common enemy, England - in a storied career of over 30 years, after which he retired as Lord of the Château de Cherveux and its estate in 1470. But we're getting ahead of ourselves! Back to Earl Glencairn and Chief, John Cunningham.
It just so happened from out-of-the-blue that CCSA received an email missive on Wednesday, February 19, 2003, from a Mr. François Redien, the owner of the Château de Cherveux in western France! He was researching Clan Cunningham during the XIV and XV centuries and requested our assistance. His interest stems from the fact that Robert de Coningham - the veritable Scottish Musketeer - and his son Joachim possessed and rebuilt the imposing Cherveux Castle around 1470 following the Hundred Years’ War between France and England during the Middle Ages. The château has been the property of François’ family since his father, Mr. Lucien Redien, acquired it in 1931. The castle that Robert Conigan built still stands today and Clan Cunningham’s newest members at that time, François and Marie-Thérèse Redien, make it their home in the 21st century. How exhilirating! Sometimes when it rains, it really does Pour!... With a minor in French from CU Boulder, attending l'université de Savoir in Chambéry, France for a semester, and many visits to France over the years, including the 1990 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville with my French family and many visits to Paris and Chambéry..., I was comfortable with the French culture and language; so François shared the wealth of information they had about Captain Robert of the Scots Guard and Kings Bodyguard, and hosted two St Andrews Soirées at the château with CCSA invited to both - and of which we most definately did partake - and I shared our Clan Cunningham information! So 2003 and 2004 were some magic years; but 9-11-21, not so much.
A Staggering Historical Revelation Rocks the Cunningham Origins!
KING ARTHUR PENDRAGON, BORN OF FIRE!
Copyright Nigel Dryden Cunningham
King Arthur is remembered from the Gaelic version of his name which is Cion Aodha. Cionaodha is the Gaelic version of the Brythonic name Cunedda. Aodha was the ancient Celtic Sun God and God of Fire. Cion and Cun as in Cuning means “King”, and it also means “head” as in Ken and Pen. The modern form of Cunedda and Cionaodha is Kenneth. Cunedda and Cionaodha both translate as “head dragon”. Dragon is derived from Aodh, the God of Fire. Aodha with an “a” added means the son of Aodh. “Ao” is what is known as a diphthong. “dh” and “dd” as contained in Aodha and Cunedda are pronounced “th”. Aodha is therefore pronounced Arthur. The name relates to dragons not bears. The Gaelic and English versions of the name are a perfect match. Einion Yrth ap Cunedda was Uther Pendragon, the father of King Arthur. Yrth is Uther. Cunedda translates as Pendragon. Uther Pendragon had two sons, Owain Ddantgwyn and Cadwallon Lawhir. The name Cadwallon means Battle Leader and Lawhir means long hand. The Leader of Battles with the long hand was King Arthur of Mt Badon.
Two matching dynasties
The Cunedda dynasty equates to and matches the Arthurian dynasty, on a king by king basis. They are one and the same. The two dynasties are a perfect match both in terms of calendar years and equivalent names, as explained in the book.
Cunedda dynasty Arthurian dynasty (see Geoffrey of Monmouth)
Cunedda Wledig aka Edern ap Padarn Emperor Constantine 3rd
Cunedda ap Edern Emperor Constans
Eternus ap Cunedda aka Emrys Wledig Ambrosius Aurelianus
Einion Yrth ap Cunedda Uther Pendragon
Cadwallon Lawhir ap Einion King Arthur of Mons Badonicus
Owain Ddantgwyn ap Einion King Arthur of Camlann
Maelgwn Gwynedd Mordred
Cunedda Wledig and his son Cunedda ap Edern have been conflated in history. Edern ap Padarn was Cunedda Wledig, and it was Edern who married Gwawl verch Coel, who was the mother of the younger Cunedda, and not his spouse. This is confirmed by the Triads Ynys Prydein edited by Rachel Bromwich. This conflation of the two Cuneddas resulted in the loss of one generation in the Arthurian dynasty and in some versions of Nennius. The correct version of Nennius is the one that refers to Cunedda as Maelgwn’s great great grandfather, who is Edern ap Padarn. It is Edern ap Padarn who is Cunedda Wledig. Another version refers to Cunedda as Maelgwn’s great grandfather but four generations do not fill the 146 year time frame. The result of this is that the Arthurian dynasty is also collapsed by one generation. Geoffrey of Monmouth records Constans as an older brother of Ambrosius and Uther Pendragon but he is in fact their father. It was Edern ap Padarn who as Cunedda Wledig drove out the Irish from North Wales in 401, which was 146 years before (the end of) Maelgwn’s reign in 547. The date of 401 is supported by Prof Charles-Edwards of Oxford University. It was Cunedda Wledig (meaning Imperator) who was elevated by his army in 407 to Western Roman Emperor Constantine 3rd. The Elegy to Cunedda written by the bard Taliesin refers to him crossing the Channel and as “the man who gained sway over the habitable surface of the world.”
History by the numbers
Nennius’s dating of events is precise, consistent and correct. It all reconciles. Geoffrey of Monmouth’s account, which is undated, matches almost perfectly with Nennius’s timeframes and event sequence. There are in fact two parallel timeframes given by Nennius which are separated by 18 years. Each of the timeframes commence with the end of Constantine’s (Edern ap Padarn aka Cunedda Wledig) reign as King of Britons. His reign ended in 411 but his death (as Edern ap Padarn) is recorded in 429. Constans reigned from 412 until he was overthrown by Vortigern in 425. The alternative but incorrect timeframe is 430 until 443. In the fourth year of Vortigern’s reign the Saxons led by Hengist and Horsa came to Britain, which is in 429. The alternative year of 447 given by Nennius is wrong. Bede compounds this error by recording the year as 449. The Battle of Mt Badon was recorded by Bede as occurring 44 years after the Saxon Adventus which according to Bede would be in 493, but this date is according to the second timeframe which is out by 18 years. The correct date is therefore 475. Bede also got the 44 years wrong by using 449 instead of 447. The Battle of Mt Badon occurred in 475 (493) which is 46 years after the Saxon Adventus in 429 (447). We know that 429 is the correct year because that is the same year in which St Germanus came to Britain.
Vortigern was defeated by Ambrosius Aurelianus 12 years after Vortigern usurped the Crown, which was in 437. This dating is provided by Nennius. Ambrosius reigned as King of Britons from 437 until his death in 451, which was the year of Halley’s Comet as described by Geoffrey of Monmouth. Merlin (according to Geoffrey of Monmouth’s history book) says that the comet heralds Uther’s son, who will become Britain’s greatest leader. Ambrosius was succeeded by his brother Uther Pendragon. The following Easter (452) Uther held a great celebration, which ultimately resulted in him seducing Ygerna at Tintagel Castle one week later. Uther’s seduction of Ygerna led to the birth of King Arthur around New Year 453. This timeframe matches King Arthur with Cadwallon Lawhir, whose name means “Leader of Battles with the long hand”. King Arthur was famously referred to as the “Leader of Battles”. It was also said that 940 Saxons were killed at the Battle of Mons Badonicus by his hand alone. The Bard Taliesin confirms Cadwallon as being King Arthur when he refers to Arthur as “Hu of the expanded wings”. Hugh is a variant name of Aodha/Arthur. Expanded wings refers to Lawhir (long arms). Arthur was crowned King (Regent) at the age of 15, which event can be dated to 468. In 468/469 Riothamus campaigned in Gaul and has been identified as King Arthur by Geoffrey Ashe. Riothamus was not King Arthur but he was Uther Pendragon. Riothamus suffered a crushing defeat in Gaul. He gathered together the survivors of his army and then disappeared, according to a history written by Jordanes. He reappears in Geoffrey’s history book as Uther Pendragon “the half dead king”, which indicates that he was severely injured in the Gallic campaign but managed to return to Britain. Uther died shortly thereafter in 470. It was a young King Arthur who led the Britons to victory over the Saxons and Franks at Mons Badonicus (Mt Badon) in 475. It was Childeric the King of the Franks who was defeated by King Arthur at Mons Badonicus. Prof Charles-Edwards of Oxford University says that the area of Anglo Saxon settlement expanded up to 475. It can be concluded that King Arthurs victory at Mons Badonicus in 475 permanently stopped the territorial expansion of Anglo Saxon settlement. King Arthur (Cadwallon Lawhir) died in 517 and was succeeded by his brother Owain Ddantgwyn as King of Britons. The Battle of Camlann was recorded by the Annales Cambriae as occurring in 537, but that is according to the second timeframe which is out by 18 years. The correct year is 519. In that year Maelgwn fought and killed his uncle King Owain Ddantgwyn (his name translates as King Arthur the Lesser). Maelgwn Gwynedd the Dragon of Britain then reigned as King of Britons until his own death in 547. Guinevere (her name translates as “wife of King Arthur”) was wrongly accused in later centuries of betraying her husband King Arthur, but he had already died in 517, and all she was doing was supporting the succession of their son Maelgwn Gwynedd against his uncle the King. Maelgwn Gwynedd’s (aka Maglocunus) name translates as Cunedda ap Cunedda, which identifies his father’s (Cadwallon’s) name as Cunedda/ Cionaodha/ King Arthur. Cadwallon was a title meaning Leader of Battles.
The Cunningham Clan
Bede in his Ecclesiastical History written in 731 refers to a story about the Cunningas (Cunninghams) of the seventh century. It is clear from his account that the Cunningham district (In Cunningum) in Scotland is named after the Cunningham clan and family. The name of the district means “among the Cunninghams”. This information is confirmed by Professor Charles-Edwards of Oxford University. The Cunningham name of the seventh century matches and reconciles with the Cunedda family name of the fifth and sixth centuries, which confirms that it is almost certain that the Cunninghams are descended from Cunedda, and therefore also from King Arthur, either through direct descent from King Arthur’s progeny or otherwise through his siblings or uncles and cousins (all of whom descend from King Arthur’s grandfather Cunedda ap Edern). The last words of the last chapter of the book are “in Cunningum Cionaodha” which means “among Cunninghams King Arthur.”
Anglo Saxon Hoax
The book also uncovers the Anglo Saxon Hoax thereby providing a double whammy against the Anglo Saxonist “history” of Britain.
The Foundation Stone of Britain
Almost every page of the book contains valuable information and evidence, which it is not possible to recount in a short summary. The evidence for the true identity of King Arthur is both conclusive and overwhelming. This book restores the foundation stone of Post Roman Britain from the fifth century to the present day. It is that foundation stone on which Britain was built and still stands. It is the same foundation stone from which Britain’s Crown draws its legitimacy and power; the foundation stone on which Britain was created and constituted; the true source of the Once and Future King. Every King or Prince of Wales, and every King of Scotland was descended from King Arthur. All the Kings of Wessex and England claimed descent from Cerdic and his son Cynric. Cerdic was the fifth son of Cunedda, and the brother of Uther Pendragon. The Tudors, the Stuarts, and the present Royal family are all descended from King Arthur. The lineage and lines of descent from King Arthur are disclosed in the book.
King Arthur in Literature
King Arthur is the foundation stone of Britain’s history and also of Britain’s literature, which combined together constitutes the Matter of Britain. The historical King Arthur is the source and inspiration for the literature. The intrinsic value and the resilience of the literature is derived from its source. The literature cannot be properly understood, studied or evaluated in isolation from its true source.
The Book will be distributed to bookshops in Wales by the Wales Book Council. The appointment of a distributor for other parts of Britain, and for Ireland, is currently in progress. The book will be distributed to bookshops in Australia and New Zealand by Booktopia; and in South Africa by Xavier Nagel which distribution will include Exclusive Bookshops. We are currently negotiating with IPG to distribute the book to bookshops in the USA and Canada. The book will also be able to be ordered from www.asmedia.com.au once the new website is completed. The book will also be available from Amazon and other online sources in due course.
Book dimensions and RRP
The book consists of 320 pages and its dimensions are 234mm x 153mm.
RRP: Australia $45, Canada $40.50, Ireland €27.80, New Zealand $49.50, South Africa R450, UK £24.75.
This is a monumental and ground breaking book which repositions, remakes and rewrites, from the ground up, all of British history (from the fifth century of King Arthur to Winston Churchill, and Queen Elizabeth in the twenty-first century). It is therefore desirable and necessary that the book is widely distributed in order to meet the widespread interest and audience which it will inevitably generate.
A Clan Cunningham Historical Introduction
Predating the 11th century, the roots of the Cunningham surname sprang from the ancient District of Cuninghame in the lowlands of Scotland covering a vast area roughly from the Clyde River in the North, southward to the city of Ayre, bordered by the Firth of Clyde to the West, eastward to Glasgow. In subsequent centuries Cunninghams have spread around the globe, settling in such diverse areas as South Africa, down under in Australia and New Zealand, all across Europe, and North & South America where we keep in constant touch with our friends, family, and members through email and our full-color quarterly international newsletter, The Cunningham Communiqué.
It is our mission to connect with our kith and kin, and share the heritage which binds together our relatives and acquaintances scattered far and wide. Some of that history defined what it meant to be a Cunningham during those 800 glory years of Scottish history when our distinguished and honourable Clan was at its peak. We also invite you to join us in our modern era as we celebrate the Glencairn legacy in activities and programs which we continually plan in America, Scotland, France and Ireland to explore, discover, and pass this on to the next generation of our extended world-wide family.
We think you will find this site to be a wonderful resource for all Cunninghams. Our website is rich with valuable information about Clan Cunningham history and genealogy. In addition, you can learn about upcoming Scottish festivals that the Clan Cunningham Society will be attending, in addition to learning more about the substantive projects Clan Cunningham Society currently has underway. A great deal more is available to Clan Cunningham Society members, so we encourage you to join today!
Clan Cunningham Society of America, Inc. (CCSA) is the oldest and the largest Clan Cunningham organization in the world. For three decades Clan Cunningham Society has worked hard to preserve, discover, restore, document, and share our rich Cunningham heritage. With an ever-expanding world-wide membership of 1,201, Clan Cunningham Society continues to embark on many new programs and projects, forging ahead into the 21st century with a clear and dynamic vision to promote all the best of what it means to be a Cunningham descendent.
If you are seeking the foremost resource, and representative, for the Glencairn Earls and their direct line of successful Cunningham chiefs who brought honor, esteem and prestige to that name for eight centuries in Scotland, you have come to the right place. As the leader of our society, who takes our noble ancestor's legacy seriously, I place a high value on integrity and accomplishment, holding myself and our society to high standards. We "aim high," aspiring to emmulate the honor of the Glencairn line in all our affairs. We strive for excellence with the passion of our race, such pursuits being their own reward.
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Clan Cunningham Society has the distinction of being the only Clan Cunningham organization in America formed upon the advice and blessing of the Office of the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Scotland. This honor was extended to Clan Cunningham Society in 1984 and it was upon the recommendation of the Lord Lyon's Office that we adopted our name "Clan Cunningham Society of America." CCSA is non-political, non-sectarian and operates as a nonprofit corporation.
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Our October 15, 2021 quarterly Clan Cunningham Communiqué newsletter has been sent to our current members world-wide to include Norway, France, South Africa, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, among many others; and of course the US of A.
A warm Clan Cunningham welcome goes out to our newest members in November so far, on the 5th, Anna Cunningham of North Carolina; in September on the 11th, Casey, Cassandra, Langdon and Ireland Cunningham serving the United States Military; on the 3rd, Cheryl and James Brown of Jacksonville, Florida; in August, on the 6th, Keith and Colleen Cunningham of Portland, Oregon; in July on the 27th, Sarah Janda of Germantown, Tennessee; on the 5th, Kelly Thomas of Panama City, Florida; on the 6th, Marisa Dombrovski of Edmond, Oklahoma; in June on the 20th, Nancy Cunningham of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; on the 3rd, Krysten and Austin Rodeheaver of Mansfield, Texas; in May on the 21st, Robert Brewer of Knoxville, Tennessee; in April on the 29th, Richard Dobson of Scottsville, New York; on the 25th, Sherry Berghefer of Nevada, Iowa; on the 22nd, lifetime member Ian Cunningham of Donovans, SA, Australia; on the 16th, Carol Gonglik of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; on the 7th, Nancy Briles of Gainesville, Florida; and on the 4th, Ronald Treesh of Edgerton, Ohio; in March on the 22nd, Sharon Vereb of Conway, South Carolina; on the 2nd, Calvin Marshall of Waterford, Michigan; and on the 1st, lifetime member Keith Giffin of Greenfield, Ohio; in February on the 26th, Brian Ellis of Denton, Texas; on the 19th, Matt and Shelby Williams of Georgia; on the 11th, Thomas and Marjean Cunningham of Ohio; and on the 8th, lifetime member Michael Cunningham of Iowa. Thank you all for your interest in, and your support of the Clan Cunningham Society 'of America' and all our Cunningham members around the entire globe since 1984!
Our October 15, 2020 quarterly Clan Cunningham Communiqué newsletter has been delivered to our current members world-wide to include Norway, France, South Africa, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, among others; and of course the US of A.
A warm Clan Cunningham welcome goes out to our latest members on January 2, Michael and Terry Manning of Colorado, and lifetime member Katie, with McKinley, and Ryan Mandle of South Dakota; on January 22, Erin Helms of New York; and on January 29, Kyle, Courtney, Philippa, and Wakely Boren of Tennessee; in February: from November 13, 2019, Howard and Paula Shouffler of West Virginia; on Febuary 4, lifetime member Brenda Williams of Florida; and on February 10, Katelyn Cunningham O'Burke of California; in March: on the 26th, Janet Bell of Colorado; in April: on the 1st, Teresa and Gregory Hathaway of West Virginia; on the 5th, Tim and Cindy Abdon of Oklahoma, on the 28th, David and Anne Taft from Maine, and on the 29th, William, Desiree and their son William from Pennsylvania; in May: on the 23rd, LeAnn Cunningham from Kansas, and also Ian and Felicia Cunningham from Pennsylvania, and on the 25th Elizabeth Cunningham from South Carolina; in July: Amy Cunningham from Florida on the 3rd; and Cynthia and Timothy Samson from Wisconsin on the 6th; in August: William and Charlotte Cunningham from Kentucky on the 9th; and Buster Taylor from Mississippi on the 10th; in September: Richard and Charlotte Cunningham from North Carolina on the 2nd; Graeme and Denice Murphy from Springdale Heights NSW Australia on the 6th and Margi and Mark Cowells from Indiana on the 19th; in October: Brittany Cunningham from Alabama on the 6th; in November: lifetime member Robert Cunningham from Colorado on the 24th; and in December: Joy Krutek from South Carolina on the 11th, Bjarne and Liv Brynning from Norway on the 25th, and Nicholas and Heidi Cunningham also on the 25th. Thank you all for your interest in, and your support of the Clan Cunningham Society 'of America' and all our Cunningham members around the entire globe since 1984!
Our October 15, 2019 quarterly Clan Cunningham Communiqué newsletter went out to our current members world-wide to include Norway, France, South Africa, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, among other countries; and of course the US of A.
A warm Clan Cunningham welcome goes out to our latest members on February 6, Nancy and Michael Poe of Florida and February 16, Chris and Helen Cunningham of Shallow Lake, Ontario, Canada; in March we have six new members to whom we pass along a warm Cunningham welcome: Neil Davis, John & Sharon Cunningham, David Hemphill, Michele Butler, Nici Mahlandt and Lee Baker; in April we welcomed new members Michaele and William Swiderski, in May Celinda and Robert Current, in June Peter Elza, in July Ryan and Ashley Cunningham and their three children, in August John Cunningham from Alabama, Greg Cunningham of Virginia as our latest Lifetime Member, Daniel and Pamela Cunningham of South Carolina and in September so far Jessa and Chris Pocoroba along with their three children from California, and Ragan Cunningham from Vermont!
The July 15, 2019 newsletter went out for the 74th consecutive issue in a row, published and mailed to our current members world-wide; with our October issue already in the works!
The July issue of our quarterly Clan Cunningham Communiqué newsletter went out to our worldwide members for the 74th consecutive issue in a row beginning in April 2001!
It has featured the most comprehensive, in-depth research and analysis on the historical, genealogical, and ancient origins and evolution of the Cunningham name and clan by Dr. Derek Cunningham for six years. Included below are two excerps from the Oct 2016 issue revealing a glimpse of the groundbreaking discoveries he has uncovered; including his subsequent analytical postulations to be logically drawn from them:
"Here I always thought that the high station of King Malcolm Canmore's children appeared entirely at odds with standard English historical interpretations of the Scottish kings, who are generally considered insignificant in European history. So I quickly realized that to solve Clan Cunningham's history I would have to rewrite 11th century history, and that is what I will now do by simply using the coat of arms of ..."
"Now at this point, I want to point out an intriquing and largely unexplained part of European history, and that is, why King Malcolm's daughters were so sought after by the most powerful families in mainland Europe."
These recent revelations will arrive in our members postal mail during the next few days. If you wish to renew your memberships - or wish to receive our October issue through a new membership - simply click on this link and submit your request on our Membership page through PayPal or via snail mail.
[MEMBERS: Due to space limitations in the October 2016 newsletter, no "2017 Membership Renewal Form" was included in that issue. Please mail your checks or use the PayPal "link" in the paragraph immediately above for your 2017 renewals. Thank you!]
Clan Cunningham completed a major technical achievement on August 20, by transferring its Clan Cunningham Global web site to our new virtual server on the Cloud.
On August 22, our advanced Clan Cunningham web site - where you are currently browsing - was also brought online on our Cloud server managed exclusive by Clan Cunningham.
And on August 28, our online genealogical database was made available on the Cloud 24/7 for the convenience of our current dues-paying members of Clan Cunningham with 25,839 Clan Cunningham genealogical entries which was originally conceived, designed, and implemented by two of our Cunningham members back in 2003.
We thank our current members for their loyal support which has enabled Clan Cunningham under the dedicated leadership of our High Commissioner and Chairman, Larry Augsbury, since 2001, to consistently and reliably continue to pursue its commitment of excellence in service to our world-wide members and to the distinguished legacy of the Cunningham Clan.
The dormant Earldom of Glencairn, but NEW Cunningham Chief!
Triennial General Membership meeting, Friday evening, May 28, 2010, in conjunction with the Greenville, SC Festival - including festival photos
2010 Tartan Day Commemoration in France
US Olympic Curling Trials, February 28, 2009 in Broomfield Colorado
2009 Colorado Tartan Day CCSA Kilted/Tartan Ski Day on April 4th
Homecoming Scotland 2009 - MAUCHLINE
Announcing the CLAN CUNNINGHAM TOUR of historical
Clan Cunningham sites in France and Ireland in 2009
Lynn Forest Cunningham, Artist - Sculptor Extraordinaire!
Lynn F. Cunningham III has been an artist as long as anyone can remember. His father Lynn is the CCSA Wyoming State Commissioner who has also co-hosted Cunningham hospitality tents across Colorado since 1999. Thus named, his son often goes by his middle name Forest to avoid confusion. Born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Forest resides in the family cabin nestled at 9,000 feet elevation in the Snowy Range chain of mountains of South-Eastern Wyoming.
Forest recounts from the 2007 Longs Peak Scottish Festival in Estes Park, CO, "My father and I had to chuckle one day when Larry turned to me and queried, 'So Forest, do you know anybody who's good with a chain saw?" And thus the seed of the Rampant Unicorn sculpture from the trunk of a giant Cottonwood tree in Larry's front yard was germinated. Shown here, at left, on the summer solstice, June 20, 2008, is Forest and Lorcàn le Rouge at project completion.
Forest, his work, and the progress through completion of the unicorn project "Lorcàn le Rouge" ('Lorcàn' is Gaelic for fierce - and 'le Rouge' is French for 'the Red' ~ thus, Lorcàn the Red) will be featured in the July 15th Communiqué, CCSA's newsletter! For more information you can reach Forest in Wyoming at (307) 742-7426.
|Longs Peak Festival Clans Coordinator, Kent Woodward, presents the Clan Champion trophy to our High Commissioner of Clan Cunningham, Larry Augsbury. Left to right: Val and Chris Cunningham, Kent Woodward, (Lynn) Forest Cunningham, Larry Augsbury-High Commissioner, and Lynn Cunningham-Wyoming Commissioner.
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First Clan Cunningham Gathering In Scotland In Over 250 Years
Members of Clan Cunningham Society from the U.S., Scotland and France gathered together with their British cousins from the newly formed Society of the Earl of Glencairn of Cunningham at Balgonie Castle, Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2003 to celebrate the ties that bind this ancient Clan of Scots together.
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