John Runciman1

(circa Mar 1789 - 22 May 1860)
Father*James Runciman (m. to Agnes HERRIOT)1 (Aug 1763 - )
Mother*Agnes Herriot1 (Sep 1760 - )


     John Runciman was born circa Mar 1789 Ayton, BEW, SCT.1,2 He was baptized on 12 Mar 1789 at Ayton, Berwickshire.1
     John Runciman married Janet Inglis on 23 May 1813 at Ayton, Berwickshire, Rootsweb db has East Barns, Dunbar, Ayton OPR has proclamation 23 May 1813, no further data.1,3
     John Runciman died on 22 May 1860 Cheeklaw, Duns(e), BEW, SCT; IGI has Gaunton as place and 24 Feb 1859 which doesn't match cert.
Cert. shows John as 72, married, s/o James RUNCIMAN ploughman & Agnes m.s. HERRIOT both dec'd; cod injury of the brain caused by falling from a cart was ill for about half an hour; Bur. Churchyard of Langton. Reg. on information of Procurator Fiscal 29th May.4,2,5
The entries in the parish registers for John & Janet's children leave us with a few date problems.
In an 1822 register son George is recorded as being born 17 Aug 1821 to John Runciman hynd residing at Greystonelees and Janet Inglis his spouse, with the immediately prior entry being that for the birth of Andrew "born on the 23rd day of Novr 1818" to John at Flemington.
As both are on a page headed 1822 the dates given for their brother John on a page headed 1833, but supposedly born 19 May 1821, has to be faulty memory. ?1824 instead?6,7,8,9


     John Runciman appeared on the census of 1841 Lintlaw, Par. of Bunkle & Preston, BEW, SCT, with Janet Runciman, as RUNCIMAN: John 51 ag lab; Janet 55; John 20 ag lab; also Isabella ROBERTSON 15 ag lab (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)10
     John Runciman was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1851 Gavinton Middle Division, Par. of Langton, BEW, SCT, with Janet enumerated as RUNCIMAN: John 62, day labourer; wife Janet 64 both b Ayton.2

DNA Info

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


Janet Inglis (circa Feb 1796 - aft. 1851)
  • James Runciman1 (circa 1815 - Oct 1888)
  • Janet Runciman11 (May 1816 - )
  • Andrew Runciman+7 (Nov 1818 - Sep 1892)
  • George Runciman9 (Aug 1821 - )
  • John Runciman10 (May 1823 - May 1884)
  • Thomas Runciman12 (circa 1826 - Apr 1887)
ChartsLineage 2a: James & Agnes (HERRIOT) RUNCIMAN of Dunbar, ELN
Last Edited25 May 2017


  1. [S2195] Www Rootsweb online at, RUNCIMAN db :1792965 of Lesley McFADYEN, last udpated Nov 2003, extracted Oct 2007.
  2. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Langton, BEW Par. 747 ED 1 Pg 19 Shced 74, hsehold of John & Janet RUNCIMAN, extracted Oct 2007.
  3. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 23 May 1813 John RUNCIMAN and Janet INGLIS, proclamation, Ayton, BEW Dist 727, copy d/loaded Jan 2008.
  4. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth/Dth 1789/24 Feb 1859 (Gaunton) John RUNCIMAN s/o James RUNCIMAN & Agnes HERRIOT, post 1991 patron submission, no other info, extracted Oct 2007.
  5. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 22 May 1860 John s/o James RUNCMAN & Agnes HERRIOT, Cheeklaw, Dunse, bur. Langton, BEW, 735#37, copy rcvd from Sandy G, May 2017.
  6. [S3] Lorna Henderson, "RUNCIMAN Analysis", Apr 2012.
  7. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Birth 23 Nov 1818 Andrew s/o John RUNCIMAN & Janet INGLIS of Flemington from 1822 (sic) Ayton OPR, copy d/loaded Jan 2008.
  8. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Birth 19 May Bap 24 May 1821 John s/o John RUNCIMAN & Janet INGLES, from 1833 (sic) Foulden OPR, copy d/loaded Jan 2008.
  9. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Birth 17 Aug 1821 George s/o John RUNCIMAN & Janet INGLIS of Greystonelees, from 1822 (sic) Ayton OPR, copy d/loaded Jan 2008.
  10. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Lintlaw, Par. of Bunkle, BEW Par. 728 ED 1 hsehold of John & Janet RUNCIMAN, extracted Oct 2007.
  11. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth 25 May 1816 Janet to John RUNCIMAN & Janet INGLIS, batch C117272 Ayton, BEW, extracted Jan 2008.
  12. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 11 Apr 1887 Thomas s/o John RUNCIMAN & Janet INGLIS, h/o Isabella C??Y, Edinburgh St Andrew, MLN 685/02 #254, copy d/loaded Mar 2012.
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