Josias Cunningham

Josias Cunningham

Sir Josias (Joe) Cunningham, DL (20 January 1934 [ [ Britannica] ] - 9 August 2000) was a Northern Irish stock broker, farmer and politician.

Early life

Sir Josias, the grandson of Samuel Cunningham, was born into a well-off family of stock brokers, the family firm being " [ Cunningham Coates] " (they also owned the "The Northern Whig" newspaper). He was educated at Fettes College and went on to read biological sciences at Clare College, Cambridge - where his uncle Sir Knox Cunningham had attended. [ [ BBC report on death] ] [ [ Electric-Review] ] [ [ Fernhill House History] ]

Career & Politics

As well as working in the family firm he farmed convert|300|acre|km2 of County Antrim. [ [ BBC report on death] ] In 1991 on the death of Sir George Clarke he was elected President of the Ulster Unionist Council and was one of the last remainders of Northern Ireland's moneyed families to remain involved in politics since the onset of the troubles. [ [ New York Times Obituary] ] He was also an Orangeman [ [ The Independent Obituary] ] and lived on his farm at Templepatrick, County Antrim.


Sir Josias died, in 2000, in a car accident at Carryduff, County Down, [ [ Electric-Review] ] aged 66. His funeral took place in Donegore Presbyterian Church. [ [ BBC report on death] ] He was married and had four children. The UUP headquarters, "Cunningham House", was named in his family's honour, and was dedicated by his widow. [ [ The Sunday Life] ]


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