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David Runciman, D.D.

Male 1804 - 1872  (68 years)


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  • Name David Runciman  [1
    Suffix D.D. 
    Born 1804  Wantonwalls, Par. of Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Christened 30 Mar 1804  Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • (date assumed to be baptism rather than birth, given Wantonwalls, his stated birthplace, is in Lauder - no mother's name given in index)
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Sep 1829  Hope Park Chapel (Newington Ch), Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    • appointed by the Kirk Session || being ordained and inducted on Christmas Eve. He remained there until the move to Glasgow. David R believed that the Newington Church is the New Queens Hall, and web searches show this to be true. Initially the Hope Park Chapel of Ease, then the Newington & St Leonards Church, then converted in 1979 to the Queens Hall, with an organ replacing the pulpit. Apparently a planned refurbishment for 2004 was abandoned. Wish I'd known all that when I went to a folk concert there in 1995
    Occupation Apr 1844  Par. of St Paul's, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • the translation of the Rev Mr Runciman to the church and parish of St Paul's Glasgow, having been unanimously agreed to
    Reference Number 41524 
    Will 12 Aug 1872  Elie, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • this being only a month before his death. The document refers to a post nuptial contract (dated 15th Aug 1836) between himself and Janet Aitchison, his wife, and an insurance policy which was part of this contract. Janet received "the whole household furniture, bed and table linen, silver plate, china and other household ??plenishing? which may belong to me at the time of decease and to which she is entitled under our Marriage Contract as also to pay to my wife at my death the sum of Two hundred pounds and for mournings Fifteen pounds to her", each of the daughters also received Ten pounds for "mournings"; Dtr Mary was to receive 100 after the last of her parents had died (or could draw on it after one had); The Estate was to be divided into 33 equal shares, with David receiving one share; John three; Robert two; Alexander four; Janet five; Mary and Elizabeth nine shares each: the daughters shares being protected from their profligate (my words) husbands by including the phrase "also expressly provided and declared that all sums falling to daughters under and in virtue of these presents and said Marriage Contract shall be payable to them exclusive of the jus mariti or right of administration of their husbands respectively and shall not be liable for their debts or deeds or attachable by the diligence of their husband creditors";
    Died 12 Sep 1872  Elie, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 12, 13
    • cert reads: David Runciman, Minister of St Andrews Parish, Glasgow married to Janet Aitchison, aged 68 died 11:7am at Elie (plus some bits I can't read), of diabetes, cert. by John Kennedy MD to Elie, s/o David Runciman farmer and Janet m.s. Lockie, both dec., inf. dtr in law I A Runciman (nee Leishman, wife of his son David Williamson Runciman) See * below for his obituary.
    Buried Necropolis, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • "2 or 3 rows behind the John Knox's memorial, by the Cathedral"
    Person ID I41524  Runciman Lineage 1a - Wanton Walls
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2016 

    Father David Runciman,   b. Abt Oct 1751, Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1825, ?Wanton Walls, Par. of Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Mother Janet Lockie,   b. Abt 1757, ?Earlston, Par. of Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1830, ?Wanton Walls, Par. of Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married 29 Oct 1785  Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    • this date/place apparently being recorded in the Earlston Kirk Session Minutes for Nov 26 as follows: "... compared before the Session David Runchiman and Janet Lockie both in this parish, and produced a Certificate of their Marriage dated at Edinburgh the Twenty Ninth Day of October Jajii (ie 1700) and Eighty Five and signed by James Wilson the Celebrator and John Wilson and Elizabeth Leslie and Agnes Bruce witnesses. They were rebuked for their Irregular Marriage and were admonished having adhered to One another as Man and Wife." the Kirk receiving a payment of 3/- on the same date
    Family ID F5  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Janet Aitchison,   b. Abt 1809, Peeblesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Feb 1890, Dist of Newington, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married 16 Aug 1836  Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 13, 16, 17
    • (two entries on the igi, one presumably being banns: 10th Aug Canongate, 16th Aug St Cuthberts, this latter being what David put on his dtr Elizabeth's birth cert as his marriage date, in Edinburgh)
    Census 1841  8 Salisbury Pl, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Canongate, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    • RUNCIMAN: David 36 Min. of Newington Parish, Janet, 25, both b outside county. David W 4, Mary 2, William 1 all b MLN; Also Elizabeth Smith, 20 Independent, b outside cty; and three female servants: Euphemia McCaw, 22, b MLN; Janet Baxter, 24; Jane McKenzie 24, both b outside county
    Census 1851  Annfield Pl (13), Glasgow, Dist of High Church, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    • RUNCIMAN: David D.D. 47, Minister of St Andrew b nr Lauder, Berwick; wife Janet 35 b Edin; Children: David W 13, Mary K (ancestry indexed as R) 12, William A 10, John A 8 all scholars all b Edin; Janet L (ancestry indexed as B) scholar, Robert Peel 2, Alexander E 3mths all b Glasgow; Servants: LANDES, HENNESY; BOWNER
    Census 1861  317 Duke St, Srpingburn, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    • RUNCIMAN: David D.D. 57, Minister of St Andrew Parish, Glasgow, b Lauder, BEW; wife Janet 45 b Peebles; Children: David W 23 (ancestry has 28) Mat student, Mary K 21, William 20 calico printer clerk, John A 18 merchants clerk, all b Edin; Janet L 15, Robert 12, Alexander 10, all scholars b Glasgow; Elizabeth N 5 b Glasgow; Servants: McNEILLAGE, McCULLICK
    CensusFail 1871  [21
    • no search criteria I can as yet think of has managed to locate the family in Scotland or England via the Ancestry indices
    Children 
     1. David Williamson Runciman,   b. 26 Jun 1837, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1910, Parliament St, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Mary Ker Runciman,   b. 02 Mar 1839, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1914, 17 Howe St, St Andrew, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     3. William Aitchison Runciman,   b. 13 Apr 1840, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Jul 1862, ?Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 22 years)
     4. John Aitchison Runciman,   b. 06 May 1842, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1900, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     5. James Brody Runciman,   b. 22 Dec 1843, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1844, ?Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Janet Lockie Runciman,   b. 23 Apr 1845, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Jun 1904 and Sep 1904, Dist of Sth Stoneham, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     7. Robert Inglis (Peel) Runciman,   b. 09 Apr 1848, Annfield Pl (13), Glasgow, Dist of High Church, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jan 1911, Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     8. Alexander Ewing Runciman,   b. 08 Dec 1850, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1878, Buenos Aires, Argentina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     9. Anne Cumin Runciman,   b. 17 Jun 1852, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1855, Glasgow, Dist of High Church, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     10. Elizabeth Isabella Runciman,   b. 14 Dec 1855, Annfield Pl (13), Glasgow, Dist of High Church, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1918, Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 6 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F17  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1804 - Wantonwalls, Par. of Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 30 Mar 1804 - Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Sep 1829 - Hope Park Chapel (Newington Ch), Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Midlothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Aug 1836 - Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1841 - 8 Salisbury Pl, Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Canongate, Midlothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Apr 1844 - Par. of St Paul's, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1851 - Annfield Pl (13), Glasgow, Dist of High Church, Lanarkshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1861 - 317 Duke St, Srpingburn, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 12 Aug 1872 - Elie, Fife, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Sep 1872 - Elie, Fife, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Necropolis, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Dr David RUNCIMAN
    RUNCIMANDavidDrExDavidRMay2007

  • Notes 
    • By the time that the youngest dtr Elizabeth was born in 1855 the family had already lost one boy and one girl of their 10 children. The boy has to be James Brody, as all the other boys are accounted for beyond this date, the girl was subsequently found to be Anne

      David and Janet's family spread far and wide. In just the few days I initially concentrated on connecting my Margaret and John to the Wantonwalls Runciman family I found descendants as far apart as Sth Africa (sons John and William); Argentina (sons Alexander Ewing and Robert Inglis, and dtr Elizabeth), and New Zealand (son David Williamson), with an as yet unconfirmed sighting of a possible descendant in Barcelona (now confirmed as a descendant, unsure if he's still there). Subsequent research has added Portland, Maine, USA (grdson Louis Spring R. married there - for the 1st time), San Francisco (grdson Alexander) and Henley on Thames (grdson Louis Spring R's 2nd marriage). It has also confirmed that the family shared a physical trait mentioned in his obituary (see * below) in his being above average height. At least 2 of his grandsons show up in immigration records as being 6'4". And in Aug 2006 Australia was added to the list as one of the Sth African descendants of John emigrated there. Now, May 2007, I've added France and another in Spain to the list, and the important information that he, Dr David was the originator of the "David Stakes". The Runciman family have a silver and coral baby's rattle, bought by Dr David and deemed to belong to the father of the first David R to be born in the next generation. Currently held by David in Spain

      Love to hear from any of the descendants - short or tall!
    • The author, George Smith, quotes from the memoirs of "the venerable Dr Fairbairn of Newhaven": "John Wilson was one of a group of boys who received their early education at the parish school of Lauder, and most of whom proceeded together to the University of Edinburgh. .. [various names listed, incl.] [PAGELINK:]16755; James [:PAGELINK] and [PAGELINK:]41524;David[:PAGELINK] Runciman ... and others."
      "... There was one of our number (James Runciman) whom our teacher always characterised as the 'boy who never told a lie', and he used to associate John Wilson with him in this honourable distinction."
    • Runciman-226

  • Sources 
    1. [S3066] RUNCIMAN, George of Westruther, Lorna Henderson & others, (1996 and ongoing).

    2. [S56] BDM: Scotlands People certs from 1855, Dth cert 1872 David RUNCIMAN DD, copy d/loaded Sep 2005.

    3. [S56] BDM: Scotlands People certs from 1855, Birth cert 1855 Elizabeth RUNCIMAN, copy d/loaded Sep 2005.

    4. [S1045] RUNCIMAN Correspondence, H D W, 1872 Obituary of the Rev. Dr RUNCIMAN, from the Edinburgh Courant, Sat Sep 14 1872, transcription rcvd Sep 2005.

    5. [S3143] The University of Glasgow Story, 1849 David RUNCIMAN, D.D, b. 30 Mar 1804 d. 12 Sep 1872, online at http://www.universitystory.gla.ac.uk/biography/?id=WH16070&type=P&o=&start=0&max=20&l=, extracted Jan 2012.

    6. [S104] OPR Berwick, Scotland, RUNCIMAN Births 1538-1854, Scotlands People Index, (1538-1854), RUNCIMAN births 1700 to 1820 Earlston, Berwickshire, index searched Oct 2005.

    7. [S2567] RUNCIMAN Corres., David RUNCIMAN, Dr David RUNCIMAN, A Brief History of our Branch of the Runciman Family, rcvd May 2007.

    8. [S2355] The Scotsman Archive, Convocation Memorial: David RUNCIMAN, from page 3 Sat 10th Dec 1842, extracted Dec 2005.

    9. [S2342] RUNCIMAN Misc. web searches & correspondence, Queens Hall, Edinburgh, from http://www.edinburgharchitecture.co.uk/queens_hall_edinburgh.htm, extracted May 2007.

    10. [S2355] The Scotsman Archive, Move to St Pauls: Rev Mr RUNCIMAN, from page 4 Sat 6th Apr 1844, extracted Dec 2005.

    11. [S56] BDM: Scotlands People certs from 1855, Trust Dispostion and Settlement, 1872 Rev David RUNCIMAN DD, copy d/loaded Sep 2005.
      (SC36/51/62, Glasgow Sheriff Court, Wills)

    12. [S1045] RUNCIMAN Correspondence, H D W, 1872 Obituary of the Rev. Dr RUNCIMAN, from the Edinburgh Courant, Sat Sep 14 1872, transcription received Sep 1996.

    13. [S56] BDM: Scotlands People certs from 1855, Dth 12 Sep 1872 David s/o David RUNCIMAN & Janet LOCKIE, Elie, Fife, 427 #4, copy d/loaded Sep 2005.

    14. [S699] MIs: BEW: Earlston - book, Borders FHS, (Borders FHS, Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland), H/stone (#498 p71) David RUNCIMAN and Janet LOCKIE and family, re-checked Sep 2005.

    15. [S2567] RUNCIMAN Corres., David RUNCIMAN, Marr. 1785 David RUNCIMAN & Janet LOCKIE, Edin, (from the Earlston Kirk Session Minutes Nov 26), rcvd May 2007.

    16. [S1596] IGI: Online searches, RUNCIMAN/AITCHISON 1836 marriage, batch M195007 (Canongate) and M119898 (St Cuthberts), extracted Sep 2005.

    17. [S2342] RUNCIMAN Misc. web searches & correspondence, Marr. 1836 David RUNCIMAN & Margaret AITCHISON, from Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae; the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the reformation (1915), online at http://www.archive.org/details/fastiecclesiasco03scotuoft, extracted May 2007.

    18. [S1610] FreeCensus, UK, 1841 Canongate, Par. of St Cuthberts, Edin, MLN Scotland1841/685 ED 4 Folio 223 Page 5, hsehold of David & Janet RUNCIMAN, extracted Sep 2005.

    19. [S203] Census: 1851 Scotland via Ancestry, (1851), Barony, Lanarkshire, Par. 622 ED 2C Pg 16 Sched 73, hsehold of David & Janet RUNCIMAN, extracted May 2007.

    20. [S205] Census: 1861 Scotland via Ancestry, (1861), Springburn, High Church, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Par. 644/2 ED 121 Pg 7 Sched 36, hsehold of David & Janet RUNCIMAN, extracted May 2007.

    21. [S3] RUNCIMAN Analysis, Lorna Henderson, Jun 2007, updated Dec 2010.