The son of a poor weaver, William Cunningham was born at Magherabeg, near Dromore. He worked as a weaver before his poetry attracted the notice of Thomas Percy, who placed him his diocesan school and in 1804 found him a position as an assistant at William Bruce's Belfast Academy. Cunningham died of consumption, 27 December 1804.
1803Sonnet, on the juvenile Productions of Master T. R. Robinson.
1803Sonnet, on the unfortunate Mary Robinson, of Buttermere.
1803 ca.Sonnet. On the appearance of the Sun after a Mist.
1803Sonnet. To a Lady, weeping for the Misfortunes of a female Friend.
1803Sonnet. To Delia.
1803Sonnet. Written April 24 — the birth, and wedding Day, of the Bishop of Dromore.
1803Sonnet. Written in a Grove.