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Alexander Runciman (abt. 1695 - abt. 1770)

Alexander Runciman
Born about in Dunbar, Haddingtonshire, Scotlandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1720 in Dunbar, Haddingtonshire, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 75 in Dunbar, Haddingtonshire, Scotlandmap [uncertain]
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Alexander Runciman[1] is estimated to have been born about 1695.

From the naming pattern of children believed to belong to this family, we might expect his parents to be a James and Helen - but that is no more than a possible guide. Henderson-2297 13:06, 27 May 2021 (UTC)

There are three individuals named Alexander Runciman (or its variants) whose baptisms are recorded in the registers of the Church of Scotland parishes in East Lothian:
  1. Runciman, Alexander, Baptized: 24 Feb 1691 parents: James Runciman in Dunbar Parish OPR 706/ 10 80
  2. Runsiman, Alexander, Baptized: 4 Sep 1692 parents: John Runsiman / Margret Raw in Prestonkirk Parish OPR 717/ 10 112
  3. Runcyman, Alexander, Baptized: 11 Sep 1692 parents: James Runcyman / Christian Stewart in Innerwick Parish OPR 711/ 20 22
Whether any of these married Jennet Hendryson in 1720 is indeterminate.

Died about 1770 probably in ?Dunbar, Haddingtonshire, Scotland

This date being derived from an Alexander witnessing baptisms of his assumed grandchildren up to 1770 (with a later bap. 1773 at Belhaven not having an Alexander as a witness); the other Alexanders in East Lothian not being of an age to be likely witnesses in this time period[2][3][4][5]


Husband: Alexander Runciman
Wife: Janet Hendrie

Married about 1720 probably  ?Dunbar, Haddingtonshire, Scotland[6][7]


James Runciman
Elizabeth Runsiman
Helen Runciman
Margaret Runciman
Thomas Runciman
William Runciman


We have a paper trail vs DNA conundrum.
Several assumed descendants, several DNA haplogroups.
Haplogroup I-A11400 (aka A11393 on yFull) is now confirmed, with two descendant lines from grandson Thomas Runciman matching:
one from John & Mary (WEATHERLEY) RUNCIMAN,
the other from George & Janet (DARLING) RUNCIMAN,
along with these descendants being excellent Y-DNA matches (BigY testing) to three other lines, at least two known to be from the same small area.[8]
BUT we do not have any yDNA from lines other than grandson Thomas.
Are there any direct male line descendants of Alexander & Janet's sons James and William out there?
See each of the sons of Thomas and Jane (SIMPSON) RUNCIMAN for further information on where the discontinuities may be.
If you can help make this tree more accurate, please do consider joining the RUNCIMAN Surname DNA project.
See the Wanted! pages of the One Name Study for further details.


See also Alexander's page on the Runciman One Name Study


  1. Source: #S1045 Family tree Alexander RUNSIMAN & Janet HENDRIE, original rcvd by Harry in 1993 from Margaret TAYLOR nee BLAKE, Perth, SCT, copy rcvd Jun 2010
  2. Source: #S2921 Bap. 19 Jul 1767 Margaret d/o Wm RUNCIMAN & Janet ALLAN(Wit: Ja. RUNCIMAN, Tho. RUNCIMAN), extracted Jun 2010
  3. Source: #S2921 Bap. 31 Mar 1765 Catherine d/o Wm RUNCIMAN & Janet ALLAN(Wit: Alexr RUNCIMAN, Ja.RUNCIMAN), extracted Jun 2010
  4. Source: #S2921 Bap. 13 Jul 1770 Janet d/o James HAMILTON & Helen RUNSIMAN(Wit: Alexr RUNCIMAN, William RUNSIMAN), extracted Jun 2010
  5. RUNCIMAN One Name Study Conclusions Lorna Henderson
  6. Source: #S1045 Family tree Alexander RUNSIMAN & Janet HENDRIE, original rcvd by Harry in 1993 from Margaret TAYLOR nee BLAKE, Perth, SCT, copy rcvd Jun 2010
  7. Source: #S102 Birth (Bap.?) 26 Sep 1724 Helen d/o Alexander RUNSIMAN & Janet HENRY, Spott, ELN, 720/ 0010 0120, extracted from index Jun 2010
  8. Runciman One Name Study Apr 2017 BigY chart from yFull
  • Source: S1045 RUNCIMAN Correspondence, Harry D W (Edinburgh, Scotland) Lorna Henderson (NZ)
  • WikiTree profile Runciman-135 created through the import of RUNCIMANAlexanderHENDRIEJanet4RWebMyHeritageWikiTree.ged on Oct 18, 2011 by L Henderson.

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