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Lady Margaret Cunningham is remarkable as an early seventeenth-century Scottish autobiographer and religious writer. Though she left only a few manuscripts, she writes with confidence and panache, both of her marital wrongs and her spiritual experience.
LMC was born in Scotland, one of six daughters in her family, very probably around the mid 1580s. Bibliographic Citation link.
1607 Lady Margaret Cunningham sent her first husband, Sir James Hamilton of Crawfordjohn, Master of Evandale, three linked sonnets which must later have circulated in manuscript. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 September 1608 Lady Margaret Cunningham, after ten years of marriage to the abusive Sir James Hamilton of Crawfordjohn, wrote out a detailed account of her wrongs, as "A Parte of the Life . . . ". Bibliographic Citation link.
2 October 1622 Nearly a year before she died, Margaret Cunninghame sent a letter to her sister-in-law, containing her will. Bibliographic Citation link.
September 1623 LMC died at a place called Malsly less than a year after the letter of October 1622 in which she seemed to see her death as imminent. Bibliographic Citation link.
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