Peter Cunningham (writer)

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Peter Cunningham FSA (1816–1869) was a Scottish writer, son of 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).

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


Cunningham married Zenobia Martin (1816–1901),[1] and they had three children Edith, Norah, and Walter Cunningham (1850–1936).



  1. ^ Zenobia Martin was the daughter of the artist John Martin whose brother was the fanatic Jonathan Martin who set fire to York Minster in 1829. She was sister of Jessie Martin (1825-1859) who married the egyptologist Joseph Bonomi

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