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Alexander Runciman (1874 - 1952)

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Alexander Runciman
Born in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealandmap
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Husband of — married in Halcombe, , , New Zealandmap
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Died in Auckland, New Zealandmap
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Alexander Runciman [1]

Born Sep 1874 [2]

Place: Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand[3]

Died 195Auckland, , , New Zealand[4][5]

Married 1898 Halcombe, , New Zealand

Husband: Alexander Runciman
Wife: Anne Clifford
Child: Cyril Runciman
Runciman— Clifford,
(From Our Own Correspondent). Halcombe, November 8. A wedding of a popular young couple took place at the residence of Mr George Runciman of Halcombe, yesterday, when Mr A. Runciman, son of Mr J. Runciman, who has been one of the staff at the Co-operative Stores, Marton, for some time, was united in matrimony to Miss Annie Clifford, of Christchurch. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. A. Blake. Mr N. Small, of Utiku, acted as best man, aud Miss L. Runciman carried out the duties of bridesmaid. As was to be expected, the presents were both numerous, costly, and elegant, and their many friends will join in wishing them a long life and happiness.[6][7]


Husband: John Runciman
Wife: Elizabeth Mitchell
Child: Richard Charles Runciman
Child: John Jacob Runciman
Child: Emily Jane Runciman
Child: James Merrilees Runciman
Child: Helena Jane Runciman
Child: Helen Doig Runciman
Child: Alexander Runciman
Child: George Mitchell Runciman
Date: 13 APR 1863
Place: Green Island, nr Dunedin, Otago, NZ
Note: "At Kingston Vale, Green Island, on the 13th instant, by the Rev. J. McNaughton, Mr. John Runciman, youngest son of Mr. Richard Runciman, to Elizabeth Mitchell, second daughter of Mr. Jacob Mitchell, Longbyre, Wishaw, Scot."
(not immediately obvious in BDM Historical indices)[8][9][10][11]

Newspaper snippets

Feb 1868

Note: ... "The Shag Valley was greatly inundated, and many sheep were drowned. It is reported that many lives have been lost there, but the report requires confirmation. The flour mill, house, and all other buildings were washed away, and Mr Runciman, the owner, his wife, tliree children, and three servants were rescued from the water wheel of the mill after having been there for eight hours" (assumed to be this family given that Elizabeth's MITCHELL brother John lived in Shag Valley at least around Aug 1884, although back in NE Valley by 1886)
.. "The enterprising proprietor of the Shag valley flour mill, Mr Runciman, has sustained, we regret to say, a most severe loss ; the mill, house and stables having been swept away — himself, wife, three children, two men and a, female servant, at tne imminent risk of their lives, having with heroic fortitude remained from twelve o'clock m the evening till seven m the morning on the waterwheel of the mill until they were rescued from their perilous position by the praisworthy conduct of a man named William Gray, who swam across to their assistance with a rope, a temporary boat having been made by the inhabitants, when they were safely brought over. Mr Rich, we may mention, who witnessed the sad calamity, offered with commendable Christian sympathy, £25 to anyone volunteering to fetch a boat from Waikouaiti to relieve the sufferers. Mr J. Duncan, a livery stable keeper at Palmerston, at once accepted the offer, and without delay started on his errand ; but on reaching Pleasant River he was, much to regret, compelled to retrace his steps, the river being so flooded that he could not effect a crossing, the bridge, as before stated, havig been washed away. Glover's store at Palmerston, has also sustained injury from the flood."[12][13]


  1. Source: #S3236 Alexander Runciman 2 MAY 2011
  2. Source: #S57 Birth Sep 1874 Alexander (son of) John & Elizabeth RUNCIMAN, ref. 1874/40068
  3. Source: #S3222 : Birth 1874 (Dunedin) Dth 1950s (Auckland) Alexander s/o John RUNCIMAN & Elizabeth MITCHELL; Marr. Anne; Pg 199
  4. Source: #S57 Dth 1957 Alexander RUNCIMAN, aged 82, ref. 957/27628, extracted Nov 2011
  5. Source: #S3222 Birth 1874 (Dunedin) Dth 1950s (Auckland) Alexander s/o John RUNCIMAN & Elizabeth MITCHELL; Marr. Anne; Pg 199
  6. Source: #S57 Marr. 1898 Alexander RUNCIMAN & Annie CLIFFORD, ref. 1898/4430, extracted Nov 2011
  7. Source: #S2640 Marr. 7 Nov 1898 Alexander s/o J RUNCIMAN & Annie CLIFFORD (of Christchurch), at home of Mr George RUNCIMAN, Halcombe, from Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XLIII, Issue 15000, 4 November 1898, Page 2, extracted Nov 2011
  8. Source: #S2927 Marr. 13 Apr 1863 John youngest s/o Richard RUNCIMAN; Elizabeth 2nd d/o Jacob MITCHELL, Kingston Vale, Green Island (Otago NZ, from their marriage notice in: The Daily Telegraph, April 13, 1863), extracted Jun 2010
  9. Source: #S2927 Marr. 1863 John RUNCIMAN & Elizabeth d/o Jacob MITCHELL & Mary CROSBY"a few short weeks after Elizabeth's arrival , from "The Story of Jacob MITCHELL" online at, Aug 2010
  10. Source: #S3356
  11. Source: #S3222 Marr. 13 Apr 1863 (Green Island, NZ) John s/o Richard & Barbara (MERRILEES) RUNCIMAN; Elizabeth MITCHELL b. 30.4.1841 Dumfries, d. 11.5.1882 Dunedin; from pg 194
  12. Source: #S2640 Flood, flour mill ?Shag Valley? Mr RUNCIMAN & family, from "Dunedin and the South", in the Timaru Herald, Volume VIII Issue 282, 8 Feb 1868, Page 3, extracted Aug 2010
  13. Source: #S2640 Flood, flour mill Mr RUNCIMAN & family, Shag Valley, from "THE FLOOD AT WAIKOUAITI", in the Timaru Herald, Volume VIII, Issue 286, 22 February 1868, Page 3, extracted Aug 2010
  • Source: S2640 Papers Past (NZ National Library), Url:
  • Source: S2927 Family of John & Elizabeth (MITCHELL) RUNCIMAN by Irene MITCHELL, Url: Last updated Apr 2001
  • Source: S3222 "Scotland and Beyond" (2004) Author: Diane Middleton Jen Jelley; plus subsequent research by Alan RUNCIMAN, Ros RUNCIMAN, Lawrence FLETCHER, Lorna HENDERSON & many, many others, imported on 2013/07/24 at 15:44:27.
  • Source: S3236 Our Family Web Site Author: The Bartletts family tree
  • Source: S3356 Daily Telegraph (from Irene Mitchell)
  • Source: S57 BDM: NZ historical indexes (online), Url: transcr. by LornaHen

through the import of RUNCIMANAlansPaternal4WikiTreeAug2013.ged on Aug 29, 2013. (Reference: 71516)

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