Person NameCunningham; James (c1680-1716); Quietist preacher
EpithetQuietist preacher
ActivityJames Cuninghame of Barns was a Quietest preacher. He succeeded his father to the estate of abrns in Crail Parish in Fife in 1706. His family were reputed to have a charter of their lands from Robert II and an important marriage took place in 1679 between John Cunninham and Isabell Sharp, daughter of the murdered Archbishop Sharp of St Andrews. In 1709, James returned to Scotland from a stay in Bath where he had been for his health. He spent time with Dr George Cheyne and on reading religious reflections. He eventually joined the Prophets, who had origianted in France and whose religious outlook was very mystical. He published utterances which were simple orders laiden with Biblical quotations. He was one of the 15 who took part in the Battle of Preston on the Jacobite side and was sent to prison in Chester. His health deteriorated in consequence and he caught cold and died in prison in 1716. He was survived by two sisters. The estate does not seem to have been sequestrated following the Rebellion but by 1722 at least part of it was in the possession of Scott of Scottstarvet.
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