1784 – Born at Keir, near Dalswinton, Dumfriesshire on the 7th of December.
1807 – He was apprenticed to a stonemason, but gave his leisure to reading and writing imitations of old Scottish ballads. Cunningham contributed some songs to Roche’s Literary Recreations.
1809 – He collected old ballads for Robert Hartley Cromek’s Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song.
1810 – Cunningham went to London.
1814 – He worked as a parliamentary reporter and journalist.
1841 – He became clerk of the works in the studio of the sculptor, Francis Chantrey.
1842 – Died on the 30th of October.