The Collection of Medals formed by the late John F. Goodwin

Date of Auction: 17th September 2009

Sold for £2,900

Estimate: £2,200 - £2,600

Naval General Service 1793-1840, 1 clasp, Copenhagen 1801 (John Cunningham) extremely fine £2200-2600


John Cunningham was appointed a Surgeon in the Royal Navy on 23 June 1796. He was Surgeon of the Veteran at the surrender of the Dutch fleet in the Texel in 1799, and at Copenhagen in 1801; and in the Gibraltar at the attack on the French fleet in Basque Roads in 1809. He was married to Amelia, daughter of Dr Alexander Young, R.N., ‘a talented and meritorious officer who was for many years Surgeon of George the Third’s yacht’, and their son, Henry Duncan Preston Cunningham, was appointed a Paymaster in the Royal Navy in 1852. Surgeon John Cunningham was of an old family in Annandale, which traces its descent from a junior branch of the Glencairn family. He died at the commencement of 1848.