Peter Cunningham (British writer)

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Peter Cunningham
Peter Nicolas Cunningham

1 April 1816
Died18 May 1869 (1869-05-19) (aged 53)
Partner(s)Zenobia Martin
  • Edith Cunningham
  • Norah Cunningham
  • Walter Cunningham
[citation needed]

Peter Nicolas Cunningham FSA (1816–1869) was a British writer born in London, son of the Scottish author Allan Cunningham and his wife Jean (née Walker, 1791–1866). Cunningham published several topographical and biographical studies, of which the most important are his Handbook of London (1849) and The Life of Drummond of Hawthornden (1833).[2] He edited Extracts from the Accounts of the Revels at Court in the Reigns of Elizabeth and James I (1842) and Horace Walpole's Letters (1857).

In 1851 he appeared in an amateur production of a play Not So Bad As We Seem by Edward Bulwer-Lytton along with Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Mark Lemon, John Tenniel, Douglas Jerrold and others.


Cunningham married Zenobia Martin (1816–1901).[3] They had three children Edith, Norah, and Walter Cunningham (1850–1936).[citation needed]


  • Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1888). "Cunningham, Peter (1816-1869)" . Dictionary of National Biography. 13. London: Smith, Elder & Co.


  1. ^ Cotton, J. S. & James Lunt (reviser) (2004). "Cunningham, Sir Alexander (1814–1893)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/6916.
  2. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Cunningham, Allan § Peter Cunningham" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 7 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 633.
  3. ^ Zenobia Martin was the daughter of the artist John Martin. Zenobia's brother was Jonathan Martin who set fire to York Minster in 1829, and she was sister of Jessie Martin (1825–1859) who married the Egyptologist Joseph Bonomi.[citation needed]

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