George Runciman1

(bet. 1808 - 1816 - 8 May 1878)
Father*John Runciman2 (say 1780 - )
Mother*Mary McPherson2 (say 1785 - )


     George Runciman was born bet. 1808 - 1816 St Ninians, STI, SCT, depending on which record you believe. All agree Stirling, but dates range from 1808 (1861), to 1813 (1861), and 1816 (1878.)3,4,1
     George Runciman married Mary McKellar on 1 Nov 1834 Glasgow, Dist of Gorbals, LKS, SCT.5,6
     George Runciman died on 8 May 1878 Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, Dist of Dennistoun, LKS, SCT; cert. shows George as 62, blacksmith journeyman, wid. of Mary McKELLAR, s/o John RUNCIMAN, ironmonger, & Mary m.s. McPHERSON, both dec'd; usu. resid. 31 New Keppoch Hill Rd, Glasgow; d. 3:40am of albuminuria; Inf. son George, 194 Gar..d Rd; Reg. 10th.1,4
There's also a William RUNCIMAN around Kirkintilloch, with connections to Campsie. But William isn't a sibling to George, as William's parents are James RUNCIEMAN & Mary GRAHAM. Any relation?
The other RUNCIMAN blacksmiths in the "near" area are those of Inchture, Perthshire family of John & Susan (DONALDSON) RUNCIMAN in the form of their son Alexander. Any connection is unliely to be proven other than via the RUNCIMAN Surname DNA Project.7


     The census of 1851 showed George, with his sons George and Malcolm, his dtrs Sarah and Catherine, Eastside St, Kirkintilloch, DNB, SCT, enumerated as RUNCIMAN: George 38 Smith master emp man & boy b Stirling, STI; Children: George 16 smith (ap) b Glasgow, LKS; Malcolm 6 scholar b Denny STI; Sarah 14 scholar b Campin (?Campsie), STI; Catharine 10 scholar b Glasgow; Lodger 20 smith b IRL.1
     The census of 1861 showed George, with his son George, his dtr Catherine, his grdson George Runciman, Colgrain Hamlet, Cardross, DNB, SCT, enumerated as RUNCIMAN: George 53 b St Ninians, STI; Children: Catherine 19 b Glasgow, George 26 blacksmith journeyman b Glasgow; dtr in law Margaret 22 b Kilmorich, Argyleshire; George 11 wks b Cardross.3
     George Runciman is assumed to be the one enumerated in the census of 1871 22 Salisbury St, Glasgow Govan, Dist of Tradeston, LKS, SCT, despite the age discrepancy: RUNCIMAN George, 49 engine blacksmith b Stirling, boarder in hsehold of Isabella DONALDSON, 46, laundress b Perth, PER; Also in hsehold "Danie NIEDL" patternmaker 25 b Forfarshire; Annie Maria BEGBIE 22 dressmaker b ENG.8

Names/other info

     In 1834 his surname was recorded as Runsiman.6

DNA Info

     George's line needs a/another participant in the RUNCIMAN Surname DNA Project. Check out the Wanted! page for further information.


     Click here to see George's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.9


Mary McKellar (say 1813 - bet. 1845 - 1860)
  • George Runciman+1,5,10 (circa 1835 - Jan 1907)
  • Sarah Runciman1 (circa 1837 - Jan 1871)
  • Catherine Runciman3,11 (circa 1842 - 1926)
  • Malcolm Runciman1,12,13 (circa 1845 - Oct 1926)
ChartsJohn & Mary (McPHERSON) RUNCIMAN
Last Edited31 May 2015


  1. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Kirkintilloch, DNB Par 498 ED 4 Pg 12 Sched 36, hsehold of George RUNCIMAN, extracted Mar 2010.
  2. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 8 May 1878 George s/o John RUNCIMAN & Mary McPHERSON, wid/o Mary McKELLAR, Royal Infirmary Glasgow, Dennistoun, LKS 644/03 #771, copy d/loaded Apr 2010.
  3. [S205] 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Cardross, DNB Reg. 494 ED 3 Pg 10 Sched 47, hsehold of George RUNCIMAN, extracted Mar 2010.
  4. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 8 May 1878 George s/o John RUNCIMAN & Mary McPHERSON, wid/o Mary McKELLAR, aged 62, Royal Infirmary Glasgow, Dennistoun, LKS 644/03 #771, copy d/loaded Apr 2010.
  5. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Marr. 9 Mar 1860 George RUNCIMAN & Margaret WALLACE, Lochgoilhead Inn, ARL, 527/00 Pg 1 0001, copy d/loaded Mar 2010.
  6. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at, Marr. 1 Nov 1834 George RUNSIMAN & Mary McKELLAR, reg. Gorbals, LKS, from Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910 batch M11935-6 film 1042982, extracted Sep 2012.
  7. [S3] Lorna Henderson, "RUNCIMAN Analysis", Apr 2010.
  8. [S207] 1871 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Glasgow Govan, Dist Tradeston, LKS; Reg. 644/9 ED: 21; Page: 4, hsehold of Isabella ROBERTSON, extracted Mar 2010.
  9. [S3217] WikiTree online at, Oct-11.
  10. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 27 Jan 1907 George RUNCIMAN, Dist of Dennistoun, Burgh of Glasgow, LKS 644/04 Pg 47 #140, copy d/loaded Apr 2010.
  11. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Marr. 2 Oct 1868 Catherine d/o George RUNCIMAN & Mary McKELLAR; Angus s/o Hugh LIVINGSTON & Ann CAMERON, Central Dist, Burgh of Glasgow, LKS, 644/01 0314, copy d/loaded Nov 2014.
  12. [S5] online at, Dth 26 Oct 1926 Malcolm RUNCIMAN, h/o Elizabeth REYNOLDS, Glasgow, LKS, from Jun 2010 comment posted against…, extracted Dec 2010.
  13. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 26 Oct 1926 Malcolm s/o George RUNCIMAN & Mary McKELLAR, h/o Elizabeth REYNOLDS, reg. Govan, Glasgow, LKS 644/21 #1070, copy d/loaded Sep 2012.
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