David Runciman1,2

(circa Oct 1751 - 16 Jan 1825)
Father*John Runciman3,4,2,1,5 (circa Nov 1715 - aft. Nov 1788)
Mother*Elizabeth Familton (circa Jul 1720 - Nov 1788)


     David Runciman was born circa Oct 1751 Earlston, BEW, SCT.5 He was baptized on 29 Oct 1751 at Earlston, Berwickshire.2,1,5
     David Runciman married Janet Lockie on 29 Oct 1785 Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, 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.6,7
     David Runciman died on 16 Jan 1825 prob. ?Wanton Walls, Par. of Lauder, BEW, SCT; (despite what his h/stone says, he was in reality at least 74.)8 He was buried with Janet Lockie at Earlston, Berwickshire, h/stone #498 reading: Sacred to the memory of David Runciman farmer at Wantonwalls and portioner in Earlston who died 16.1.1825 in the 73rd yr of his age and of Janet Lockie his spouse who died 25.9.1830 also in her 73rd year. Isabella Runciman their dtr died 25.9.1866 Elizabeth Runciman their dtr died 8.10.1876 John Runciman their son who died 9.2.1877 aged 90 yrs.6
Newspaper notice of farm to let:
Perhaps this is when the Runciman family took over the farm that was to remain in the family until 1989? They were certainly there by 1804 when son David was born.
The notice reads: "Farm in Berwickshire to let
To be LET, and entered to at Martinmas next as One Farm, THE FARMS OF WANTONWALLS & ELSINEUR, situated in the parish of Lauder, and within half a mile of the burgh town of Lauder. It is the intention of the proprietor immediately to make considerable improvements upon the above farms, the particulars of which may be seen by applying to the wish of the tenant in building, inclosing, &c. Written offers for the above to be made to Baillie Edmonstone, Mr Sawers in Dunbar, or Mr Bowmaker, No. 25, Leicester Square, London. N.B. Other farms of large extent, on the same estate, may be looked at, and will be let in the course of the ensuing year."
The current Runciman family were surprised to read the Elsineur part of the ad, but upon reflection, did identify a field in Wantonwalls that was called Elshinor.9
In 1797 David had 6 work horses, taxed at 2/- each.10

DNA Info

     David belongs to a tested line in the RUNCIMAN Surname DNA Project. Follow this link for further DNA information.


     Click here to see David's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.11
     Follow this link for Lorna's family information on David Runciman.


Janet Lockie (circa 1757 - Sep 1830)
  • John Runciman6,12,13 (circa Sep 1786 - Feb 1877)
  • Isobel Runciman14 (circa Jul 1788 - bet. 1788 - 1793)
  • William Runciman12,13,15 (circa Jun 1790 - May 1838)
  • Elisabeth Runciman12,6,16 (circa Mar 1793 - Oct 1876)
  • Isabella Runciman6,12,13 (circa Aug 1796 - Sep 1866)
  • Jannet Runciman17,13 (Oct 1798 - bef. 1858)
  • James Runciman+4,12,18 (Dec 1800 - Dec 1871)
  • David Runciman D.D.+19,12,13 (1804 - Sep 1872)
ChartsLineage 1a: George & Jennet (FINLAW) RUNCIMAN of Berwickshire
Last Edited6 Feb 2016


  1. [S1045] H D W, "RUNCIMAN Correspondence," e-mail to L Henderson (1), Rcvd Mar 1996.
  2. [S1105] Paul Richardson, "RICHARDSON, William of Eckford."
  3. [S2343] Will: RUNCIMAN, James 1858, 1867, 1872 (Will written Jun 1858 codicil Dec 1867 Inventory 23 Feb 1872 proved 8 Mar 1872) SC60/41/24 (27 pp) & SC60/44/6 (2pp): Copy d/loaded Sep 2005, (SC60/41/24 dated 23rd Feb 1872 detailed inventory, and Trust Dispostion & Settlement of 8th Jun 1858 and codicil 27 Dec 1867 - 27pp in all)
    (SC60/44/6 dated 8th March 1872 confirmed appointment of executors).
  4. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth cert 1871 James RUNCIMAN, copy d/loaded Sep 2005.
  5. [S104] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Berwick, SCT, RUNCIMAN Births 1538-1854", Bap. 29 Oct 1751 David s/o John RUNCIMAN, Earlston, 736/ 0010 0118, from RUNCIMAN births 1700 to 1820 Earlston, BEW, index searched Oct 2005.
  6. [S699] Borders FHS, MIs: BEW: Earlston - book, H/stone (#498 p71) David RUNCIMAN and Janet LOCKIE and family, re-checked Sep 2005.
  7. [S2567] David RUNCIMAN, "RUNCIMAN Corres.," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. 1785 David RUNCIMAN & Janet LOCKIE, Edin, (from the Earlston Kirk Session Minutes Nov 26), rcvd May 2007.
  8. [S692] Borders FHS, MIs: BEW Earlston - extracts.
  9. [S1045] H D W, "RUNCIMAN Correspondence," e-mail to L Henderson (1), "Farm in Berwickshire to let", (Wantonwalls & Elsineur, Par. of Lauder) from
    The Edinburgh Evening Courant, Saturday, April 6th, 1793, transc rcvd Feb 1996, scanned copy of transc rcvd Apr 2009.
  10. [S2891] 1797 Farm Horse Tax Rolls - Scotland online at http://www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/, 13 Sep 1797 David RUNCIMAN, Wantonwalls, Par. of Lauder, BEW, extracted Dec 2009.
  11. [S3217] WikiTree online at http://WikiTree.com/, Oct-11.
  12. [S2342] RUNCIMAN Misc. web searches & correspondence Services of Heirs, Roxburghshire. 1636-1847: Trust Disposition to George Newton, feuar in Kelso, extracted Sep 2005, (which supplements the original information from Harry W, the transcript of which did not include the "lawfull children of the deceased David RUNCIMAN, tenant in Wantonwalls").
  13. [S104] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Berwick, SCT, RUNCIMAN Births 1538-1854", RUNCIMAN births 1700 to 1820 Earlston, BEW, index searched Oct 2005.
  14. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Bap. 14 Jul 1788 Isobel d/o David RUNCIMAN, Earlston, from RUNCIMAN baptisms, batch C117362, extracted Sep 2005.
  15. [S3] Lorna Henderson, "RUNCIMAN Analysis", Oct 2005.
  16. [S1640] Births deaths marriages index (pre 1855): Scotland, RUNCIMAN births 1700 to 1820 Earlston, BEW, index searched Oct 2005 , Microfiche and http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk
  17. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), RUNCIMAN/LOCKIE baptisms, batch C117362, extracted Sep 2005.
  18. [S104] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Berwick, SCT, RUNCIMAN Births 1538-1854", Birth/Bap.? 13 Dec 1800 James d/ David RUNCIMAN & Janet LOCKIE, Earlston, from RUNCIMAN births 1700 to 1820 Earlston, BEW, index searched Oct 2005.
  19. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 12 Sep 1872 David s/o David RUNCIMAN & Janet LOCKIE, Elie, FIF, 427 #4, copy d/loaded Sep 2005.
  • Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

    Abraham Lincoln
  • My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.

    Cary Grant
  • Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.

    E. B. White
  • I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.

    e. e. cummings
  • What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.

    — Saint Augustine
  • Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

    Mark Twain
  • If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

    Henry David Thoreau
  • If two things look the same, look for differences. If they look different, look for similarities.

    John Cardinal
  • In theory, there is no difference. In practice, there is.

    — Anonymous
  • Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

    John Adams
  • People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.

    Abraham Lincoln
  • History - what never happened described by someone who wasn't there

    — ?Santayana?
  • What's a "trice"? It's like a jiffy but with three wheels

    — Last of the Summer Wine
  • Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened

    — Terry Pratchett
  • I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.

    — Terry Pratchett
  • .. we were trained to meet any new situation by reorganising; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illuson of progress

    — Petronius (210 BC)
  • The time we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions that we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it; and habit fills up what remains

    — Proust
  • So just as it is not the desire to become famous but the habit of being laborious that enables us to produce a finished work, so it is not the activity of the present moment but wise reflexions from the past that help us to safeguard the future

    — Proust "Within the Budding Grove"
  • You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

    William J. H. Boetcker
  • Only a genealogist thinks taking a step backwards is progress

    — Lorna
  • No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.

    — George Bernard Shaw
  • A TV remote is female: It easily gives a man pleasure, he'd be lost without it, and while he doesn't always know which buttons to push, he just keeps trying.

    — Anon
  • Hammers are male: Because in the last 5000 years they've hardly changed at all, and are occasionally handy to have around.

    — Anon
  • The right thing to do is to do nothing, the place to do it is in a place of concealment and the time to do it is as often as possible.

    — Tony Cook "The Biology of Terrestrial Molluscs"
  • All that mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.

    — Thomas Carlyle "The Hero as Man of Letters"