The Colum Cille Pipes and Drums is proud to wear the Cunningham Tartan in honor of one of the band's major benefactors, Mr. Harold Cunningham.
When Malcom became King Malcolm III of Scotland, he rewarded the Cunningham's with a significant armorial emblem consisting of a Black Hay Fork centered on a Silver Shield and bearing the motto "OVER FORK OVER".
The family Cunningham take their name from the district of Cunningham in northern Ayrshire. The land of Kilmaurs of that area was granted in 1162 by Hugo de Moreville, Constable of Scotland to a Flemish (French) vassal named Warnebald and it is from his descendants that the Cunningham family originate.
When Haahon the IV, King of Norway, brought his fleet to the
Scottish coast in 1263 to assert his sovereignty over the Western Isles, Harvey
de Cunningham of Kilmaurs was among those who helped to repel Haahon at the
Battle of Largs in 1263. As a result, Harvey de Cunningham was awarded the
lands of Kilmaurs by confirmation from Alexander II.