From the Book of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee 1513 to 1885.

Captain Robert Cunningham, Captain of Dunbarton - 4th October 1586.

 

WHICH DAY ROBERT CUNNINGHAME, CAPTAIN OF DUNBARTANE, IS GIVEN
THE FREEDOM OF THE BURGH OF DUNDEE.

The position of Dunbarton Castle, commanding the entrance to Scotland by the Clyde, made it an important post from early times; and the office of Constable of this fortress had always been regarded as a responsible one. During the supremacy of the Gowrie party, it had been entrusted to JOHN CUNNINGHAME of Drumquhassil, and when their power was broken he became one of the first victims, being seized, along with DOUGLAS of Mains, and executed as a "Ruthven Raider."

JAMES STEWART, EARL OF ARRAN, had placed WILLIAM, STEWART, one of his own retainers, in the Castle as Captain; but when the banished Scottish Lords returned, and ARRAN'S power was overthrown, LORD JOHN HAMILTON became Constable of Dunbarton Castle, and appointed ROBERT CUNNINGHAME as Keeper. The name of the latter was probably inscribed on the Burgess Roll at the request of LORD HAMILTON, though that fact is not recorded. ROBERT CUNNINGHAME continued to occupy this office till 1591, at which time his name disappears from history.