Sir Steven Runciman1,2

(7 Jul 1903 - 1 Nov 2000)
Father*Walter Runciman 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford3,4 (Nov 1870 - Nov 1949)
Mother*Hilda Stevenson3 (Sep 1869 - Oct 1956)


     A noted historian. His magnum opus being "A History of the Crusades" (Cambridge University Press 1951-54.)


     James Cochran S Runciman was born on 7 Jul 1903 reg. Dist of Castle Ward, NBL, ENG.3,1,5,6
     James Cochran S Runciman died on 1 Nov 2000 Radway, WAR, ENG, at age 97; at the home of a great nephew (but reg. Jun 2001.)3,1,6 He was buried Lochmaben, nr Lockerbie, DFS, SCT.3
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 RUNCIMANs of Wanton Walls, 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 great uncle Thomas, 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 Alexander and John.2,7,8,9

Names/other info

     James Cochran S Runciman witnessed the marriage of Walter Leslie Runciman and Rosamond Nina Lehmann in Dec 1923.10


     For the Wikipedia information on Sir Steven Runciman click here.1
     Click here to see Steven's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.11
ChartsLineage 1c: Robert & Janet (SINCLAIR) RUNCIMAN of Dunbar
Last Edited16 Aug 2017


  1. [S2449] Wikipedia online at, Steven RUNCIMAN CH (7 Jul 1903 - 1 Nov 2000), from, extracted Feb 2010.
  2. [S1045] H D W, "RUNCIMAN Correspondence," e-mail to L Henderson (1), Correspondence with Sir Steven Runciman, 1985, copy rcvd Feb 2010.
  3. [S2693] Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online ed online at, Averil Cameron, 'Runciman, Sir James Cochran Stevenson [Steven] (1903-2000)', Oxford University Press, 2004, extracted Jan 2008.
  4. [S2449] Wikipedia online at, Walter RUNCIMAN 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford (19 Nov 1870 - 14 Nov 1949), from…, extracted Feb 2010.
  5. [S1599] Findmypast online at, Birth reg. 1903 Q3 James Cochran S RUNCIMAN, reg. Castle Ward, NBL, 10b/389, extracted Oct 2011.
  6. [S6] Birth death marriage indexes: 1916-2005 (St Caths),, Dth reg. Jun 2001 James Cochrane S RUNCIMAN, born 7 Jul 1903, reg. Mid Warwickshire, WAR 13B/7752 #10, extracted Oct 2011.
  7. [S15] RUNCIMAN DNA Project online at,.
  8. [S3266] Mary Denley Runciman nee Drury, "RUNCIMAN/SMITH, from Mary R via Ros," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, 1977 RUNCIMAN family tree from Sir Steven RUNCIMAN, copy rcvd May 2013.
  9. [S2655] Don RUNCIMAN (52338), "RUNCIMAN corres. with Don R.," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Letter (part) abt 1995 from Sir Steven RUNCIMAN to Lex RUNCIMAN, copy rcvd from Don R, Sep 2008.
  10. [S2693] Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online ed online at, Judith Priestman, 'Lehmann, Rosamond Nina (1901-1990)', rev., Oxford University Press, 2004, extracted Jan 2008.
  11. [S3217] WikiTree online at, Oct-11.
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