Sir Steven was very generous in his responses to enquirers about the RUNCIMAN surname.
Several versions of his tree, 1977, 1985 and 1995, that he shared with others may be found attached to the citations to this entry. The accompanying letters state however that he himself doubted their accuracy.
His grandfather (one of the sources) believed he was related to the, which was thought not to be the case - at least until the dna evidence came rolling in!
The 1977 version of his tree, shared with Mary RUNCIMAN in Sth Africa, shows that his [PAGELINK:]62552;great uncle Thomas[:PAGELINK], the artist, believed there was a connection to the artists Alexander and John RUNCIMAN, but also adds "but he was not sure how" (see source for image).
By 1995 the relationship has morphed into showing descent from an unknown brother of [PAGELINK:]66832;Alexander[:PAGELINK] and John.
A noted historian. His magnum opus being "A History of the Crusades" (Cambridge University Press 1951-54)
Source: S1045 Title: RUNCIMAN Correspondence, Recipient: L Henderson (1), Address: Edinburgh, Scotland, Author E-mail: Abbreviation: RUNCIMAN Correspondence Author: H D W
Source: S3266 Title: RUNCIMAN/SMITH & family, from Mary R via Ros, Recipient: Lorna Henderson, Address: Sth Africa, Author E-mail: Abbreviation: RUNCIMAN/SMITH, from Mary R via Ros Author: Mary Denley Runciman nee Drury Note: Family booklet, Jun 1996, 22 pages of narrative, including a tree from Sir Steven RUNCIMAN. Copies rcvd from Ros, May 2013; Also assorted correspondence
Source: S6 Title: BDM: England & Wales Indexes:1916-2005 (St Caths), Record Type: Birth death marriage indexes: 1916-2005 (St Caths), File Number: http://ancestry.com Abbreviation: BDM: England/Wales 1916 - 2005 BDM (St Caths/Ancestry) Repository: #R121
Repository: R121 Name: Ancestry.com Address: Country: USA
↑ Source: #S3266 Page: 1977 RUNCIMAN family tree from Sir Steven RUCNIMAN, copy rcvd May 2013
↑ Source: #S2655 Page: Letter (part) abt 1995 from Sir Steven RUNCIMAN to Lex RUNCIMAN, copy rcvd from Don R, Sep 2008
Thank you to L Henderson for creating WikiTree profile Runciman-445 through the import of RUNCIMANThomasGRIEVEAlison4WikiTreePlaceUpdated.ged on Jun 15, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by L and others.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Steven by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: