Mary Denley Runciman nee Drury1

(3 Nov 1926 - 26 Jun 2010)


     Mary Denley Drury was born on 3 Nov 1926 Florida, Witwatersrand, SAF.1
     Mary Denley Drury married Derek Walter Runciman, son of Alexander Walter Runciman and Kathleen Minnie Hoffmann, on 5 May 1949 St Mary's, Johannesburg, TRV, SAF.1
     Mary Denley Runciman nee Drury died on 26 Jun 2010 at age 83.2


     Click here to see Mary's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.3


     Mary was researching the line of Peter Runciman. Long term correspondent of Ros, and of other RUNCIMAN researchers, willingly sharing her information. Much missed.1,4
ChartsLineage 1c: Robert & Janet (SINCLAIR) RUNCIMAN of Dunbar
Last Edited15 Oct 2013


  1. [S3266] Mary Denley Runciman nee Drury, "RUNCIMAN/SMITH, from Mary R via Ros," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. 5 May 1949 Derek Walter RUNCIMAN & Mary Denley DRURY (b. 3 Nov 1926), St Mary's, Johanesburg, from Family of Peter RUNCIMAN & Jane SMITH, by Mary RUNCIMAN, pg 19, copy dated Jun 1996, rcvd from Ros, May 2013.
  2. [S3073] Ros Runciman, "RUNCIMAN Corres.," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Dth 26 Jun 2010 Mary RUNCIMAN, rcvd Oct 2013.
  3. [S3217] WikiTree online at, Oct-11.
  4. [S3266] Mary Denley Runciman nee Drury, "RUNCIMAN/SMITH, from Mary R via Ros," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Photo 1994 Derek & Mary RUNCIMAN, copy rcvd May 2013.
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