Place: Edinburgh St Cuthberts, Midlothian, Scotland
Note: Entry reads: "Eodem die James Runchiman and Martha Ferrier in Bristo had a son baptized named James witnessed James waterston William Lillie Tho: Mat?ie" (which witnesses weren't involved in the neighbouring entries, so are assumed to have significance)
Occupation: a "Wright in Edinr" when son Alexander baptized
Note: shown as an architect in son Alexander's biographical notes in Chalmers, with the implication being that was when Alexander was born, but see birth for Alexander, and Alexander's apprenticeship which both state him as a wright.
However, births of Alexander's brother John, and Eleanor their assumed sister, both show James as an Architect (1742, 1744)
Note: Although the James born in 1688 to James Runciaman, wright in Bristo would appear to be on the verge of being to old to be the James, wright and architect, known to be the father of artist siblings Alexander and John, it is believed that his wife, Margaret, or Mary, was about 12 years younger than he.
Although there isn't a full paper trail between the siblings shown here there is sufficient evidence to conclude that they are one and the same family.
Alexander's baptism shows his father as James Wright in Edinburgh in his baptism, mother Marg: (sic, ie Margaret). Witnesses: "John Jack Baillie of Canongate And Geo: Willson Chyrurgeon there"
He is apprenticed to Robert NORRIE painter, as son of James wright in Edinburgh.
Eleanora's baptism shows her parents as James RUNCIAMAN, architect, and Mary (sic) SMITH, with witnesses: "John Jack Sclater in Canongate and James Norie Painter in Edinr"
John's baptism unhelpfully doesn't name his mother, but does give his father's occupation as architect, and the witnesses were "John Jack Slater and late Baillie in Can: and Geo Willson Surgeon and present Baillie there"
Between Eleanora and John's baptisms there is a Jean buried, age unknown, but daughter of James wright in Edinburgh, so architect and wright would appear not to be mutually exclusive occupations.
With the lead that Alexander's mother "Marg:" might actually be Mary, Alan found their marriage in Ayr, thank you Alan.
He also found a couple of snippets that show that Alexander did actually have a son - John, a silversmith in London - but was he a RUNCIMAN and what happened to him? Love to hear from anyone with information on this. Lorna
↑ Runciman-882 was created by Lorna Henderson through the import of RuncimanArtistsAndWoburnAlanLornaCombined.ged on Dec 5, 2014. This comment and citation can be deleted after the biography has been edited and primary sources are included.
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