Montgomery-Cuninghame Baronets

The baronetcy of Cuninghame of Corsehill was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia and conferred upon Alexander Cuninghame of Corsehill, a Scottish baron and landowner in Dumfriesshire and a great-great-great-grandson of the 4th Earl of Glencairn. The fourth baronet's father added the name Montgomery before his own on inheriting estate of Kirktonholm.

Cuninghame, later Montgomery-Cuninghame of Corsehill Baronets, of Corsehill (1672)

  • Sir Alexander Cuninghame, 1st Baronet (c. 1643-1685) was the son of Alexander Cuningham and Anne Crawford. He married Mary Stewart.
  • Sir Alexander Cuninghame, 2nd Baronet (d. 1730) married Margaret Boyle and had a daughter, Jean, and a son David.
  • Sir David Cuninghame, 3rd Baronet (d. 1770) married Penelope Montgomery by whom he had three sons and a daughter, the eldest of whom, Alexander, who married Elizabeth Montgomery, was father of the 4th, 5th and 6th Baronets.
  • Sir Walter Montgomery-Cuninghame, 4th Baronet (d. 1814), who, in 1790, styling himself to be "Walter Lord Lyle" was not permitted to vote in the election of peers nor was he granted leave to petition for Privileges Committee for recognition as such. He along with Lady Harriet Don opposed the claim to the Earldom of Glencairn of Sir Adam Fergusson of Kilkerran Bt in 1797 despite having failed to provide evidence of his being an heir-male of an unspecified Earl of Glencairn.
  • Sir David Montgomery-Cuninghame, 5th Baronet (d. 1814)
  • Sir James Montgomery-Cuninghame, 6th Baronet (d. 1837) married Janet Cumming by whom he had five sons and two daughters.
  • Sir Alexander David Montgomery-Cuninghame, 7th Baronet, died unmarried in 1846. He was succeeded by his brother, Thomas.
  • Sir Thomas Montgomery-Cuninghame, 8th Baronet (d. 30 August 1870). Montgomery-Cuninghame unsuccessfully claimed the title of Earl of Glencairn as the lineal male descendant of Andrew Cunningham, second son of William Cunningham, 4th Earl of Glencairn. He was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Ayrshire Rifles. He married in 1832, Charlotte, only child of Hugh Hutcheson, Esq., by whom he had 3 sons and three daughters of whom only his eldest, Jessie, and youngest, William James, survived infancy.
  • Sir Thomas Andrew Alexander Montgomery-Cuninghame of Corsehill, 10th Baronet (1877–1945) was educated at Eton College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served in the Boer War with The Rifle Brigade with distinction, for which he received the Distinguished Service Order. He rose to the rank of Colonel and was the British Military Representative to Austria (1919–20) and British Military Attaché in Vienna (1920–23) He was He married firstly Alice Frances Denison Des Voeux in 1904 and by her had one son, Alexander (died 1944) and a daughter, Pamela; he married secondly, Nancy Macaulay Foggo, by whom he had two sons, Andrew, 11th Baronet, and John, 12th Baronet.
  • Sir (William) Andrew Malcolm Martin Oliphant Montgomery-Cuninghame of Corsehill, 11th Baronet (1929–1959) was the elder son of the 10th baronet by his second wife, Nancy Macaulay Foggo. He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh and Worcester College, Oxford and following family tradition served in The Rifle Brigade. He married Sarah Carolyn Gordon-Lennox, only daughter of Brigadier-General Lord Esmé Gordon Lennox KCVO, in 1956, but died without issue 3 years later.
  • Sir John Christopher Foggo Montgomery Cuninghame of Corsehill, 12th Baronet of Corsehill (b. 24 July 1935). Montgomery Cuninghame (following a ruling by Lord Lyon in 1996 he de-hyphenated the surname in order not to be denied recognition as family head) is a British businessman. He is the second son of Sir Thomas Montgomery-Cuninghame, 10th Baronet, and his second wife, Nancy née Foggo. He was educated at Fettes College and Worcester College, Oxford and after graduating, he served with The Rifle Brigade. On 9 September 1964, he married Laura Nicholson, the second daughter of Sir Godfrey Nicholson, Bt. and they have three daughters: Christian Elizabeth (b. 1967); Georgiana Rose "Nina" (b. 1969), married Al Jazeera English's journalist, Rageh Omaar; Elizabeth Clara (b. 1971). Montgomery Cuninghame is currently a director of Ronald A Lee plc., Euromax Ltd., Artemis Energy Co., Purolite International Ltd., Ryobi Lawn and Garden Ltd and Bedford Capital Financial Corporation.

Sir John claims the title of Earl of Glencairn although he has never officially petitioned the House of Lords and his ancestors did not petition for the title in the House of Lords in 1797 as they had not provided sufficient evidence of being heirs-male to the Earls of Glencairn and again denied in the 19th century due to a lack of propinquity. The arms of the Earls of Glencairn along with the estates and lordships were passed by strict entail of the 12th Earl of Glencairn to the "heirs male of her own body" of his eldest daughter, Lady Margaret Cunningham, wife of Nicol Graham of Gartmore and to their line should his male heir line fail, which it did upon the death of the 15th Earl of Glencairn in 1796.

As for the Earldom of Glencairn, there are three possibilities :

  • The baronet Cunyngham of Milncraig should be considered heir male if he can prove effectively that he is direct male descendant of the 1st earl's second son, though he has formally declined to make a claim or contest other claimants.
  • The baronet Fergusson of Kilkerran is the heir general of the 10th earl, but has to prove his rights to the earldom to succeed.
  • The heir male of Lady Margaret Cunningham by her husband Nicol Graham of Gartmore, W R B Cunninghame Graham, who may be considered an heir general of the 12th earl (thus superseding Kilkerran), but likewise has to prove his rights to the earldom to succeed.

Sir John Montgomery Cuningham of Corsehill lodged a petition in the Lyon Court in early 2010 and is awaiting its consideration despite his having no heir male to succeed him in it. Mr Cunninghame Graham is understood to have lodged objections.

There is no heir to the baronetcy of Corsehill.

See also


  • Burke's Peerage & Gentry
  • The Peerage of the British Empire, with The Baronetage, by Edmund Lodge, Norroy King of Arms, 27th edition, London, 1858, p. 644.
  • Leigh Rayment's List of Baronets
  • Inquiry into the law & Practice of Scottish Peerages before & after the Union by John Riddell, Edinburgh, 1842, Vol II, pp 818 – 835.
  • Entail of William, 12th Earl of Glencairn (1709), The National Archives of Scotland [NAS02024 RT-1-400124V]

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