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Cunningham, Lady Margaretlocked

(d. 1622?)
  • Julia Gasper

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Cunningham, Lady Margaret (d. 1622?), autobiographer, was one of the six daughters of James Cunningham, sixth earl of Glencairn (d. 1631), and his first wife, Mariot or Margaret (d. 1610), daughter of Colin Campbell of Glenorchy. Despite her high birth she was distinguished principally by misfortune, and by the fact that she wrote a detailed account of the cruelty she suffered at the hands of her first husband; the account provides evidence of the acute vulnerability of wives and the inability of law, custom, and even powerful kinsmen to guarantee protection from brutal husbands. On 24 January 1598 ...

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