Alexander Runciman1,2,3,4

(circa Aug 1800 - 16 Oct 1858)
Father*John Runciman (Inchture; m. Susan Donaldson)2,5 (say 1758 - )
Mother*Susan Donaldson2,5 (circa 1762 - aft. 1841)


     It looks highly likely that Alexander, son of John and Susan (DONALDSON), is both the father of Alexander (mother Jane HEPBURN), abt 1831, and the one who married Isabella DOW in 1842.
Evidence for this identification is primarily the blacksmith occupation on the dth cert for the latter Alexander, and on the 2nd marriage cert. of the son Alexander.
Associated places do not overlap, but are close by.
However there are no obvious family interconnections over time, which may mean a complete misidentification.
Although, how many Alexander RUNCIMAN blacksmiths of an age in the area?
Alexander Snr does not seem to have considered himself a blacksmith later in life, with most census, and some BDM certs, showing him as a farm labourer instead.6


     Alexander Runciman was born circa Aug 1800 Par. of Inchture, PER, SCT, (despite the 1803 implied on his dth cert., or the 1805 implied by the 1851 census.)5,7 He was baptized on 17 Aug 1800 in the Parish of Inchture, Perthshire.2 He and Jane Hepburn were in a de facto relationship say 1830 ?Errol, PER, SCT, On balance I don't believe Alexander and Jane were married. Son Alexander's 2nd marriage cert did not have a married/maiden surname against Jane, even if son Alexander's dth cert. does redress that.
Can't spot a birth/bap. for Alexander around 1830s in the Perth Parish Registers.4
     Alexander Runciman married Isabella Dow in 1842 Cairnbeddie, Par. of St Martins, PER, SCT.3,7,1
     Alexander Runciman died on 16 Oct 1858 Milton Farm, Par. of Collace, PER, SCT; cert. shows Alexander as 55 farm labourer, married (no wife's name stated); s/o John RUNCIMAN, blacksmith & Susan m.s. DONALDSON, both dec'd; cod bronchitis 6 days (cert., last seen 15th); Buried Collace Parish Churchyard; Inf. brother James, not present; Reg. 19th.5


     Alexander Runciman appeared on the census of 1841 Union St or New Rd, Coupar Angus, PER, SCT, as RUNCIMAN: Alexander 30 blacksmith J(ourneyman) b PER; in hsehold of James (60 blacksmith b PER) & Helen GARDINER (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)8
     The census of 1851 showed Alexander with his wife Isabella, their dtrs Susan, Elizabeth and Isabella Kirkstops, Kettins, ANS, SCT, household enumerated as RUNCIMAN (indexed as BRENIMAN): Alexander 46 blacksmith master farms 5 ac b Inchture, PER; wife Isabella 36 b St Martins, PER; Children: Susan 9, b St Martins; Elizabeth 7 b Cargill, PER, both scholars; Peter 5, Isabella 3 both b Cargill.7

DNA Info

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Family 1

Jane Hepburn (say 1805 - )
  • Alexander Runciman4 (circa 1831 - Mar 1902)

Family 2


Family 3

Isabella Dow (circa 1815 - bet. 1881 - 1887)
  • Susan Runciman7,10 (circa Mar 1842 - )
  • Elizabeth Runciman7,11 (circa Jan 1844 - )
  • Peter Runciman7,12,3 (circa Feb 1846 - Jan 1936)
  • Isabella Runciman7,13 (circa Apr 1848 - )
  • Alexander Runciman14 (circa Aug 1853 - 1858)
  • James M J Runciman15 (Jun 1855 - aft. 1901)
  • William Henderson Runciman16 (1858 - 1861)
ChartsLineage 2c: John & Susan (DONALDSON) RUNCIMAN of Inchture, PER
Last Edited7 Feb 2016


  1. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Birth 21 Jun 1855 James s/o Alexander RUNCIMAN & Isabella DOW, Burreltown, Par. of Cargill, PER 338/00 #19, copy d/loaded Nov 2010.
  2. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Bap. 17 Aug 1800 Alexander s/o John RUNCIMAN & Susan DONALDSON, Batch C113592 Inchture, PER, extracted Nov 2010.
  3. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Marr. 11 Feb 1887 Peter s/o Alexander RUNCIMAN & Isabella DOW; Magdalene d/o George FRASER & Magdalene REID, Cocklebie, Stewarton, AYR 616 #7, copy d/loaded Nov 2010.
  4. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Marr. 4 Feb 1876 Alexander RUNCIMAN & Jane LORNIE, Errol, PER, 351/00 #3, copy d/loaded Sep 2010.
  5. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 16 Oct 1858 Alexander s/o John RUNCIMAN & Susan DONALDSON, Par. of Collace, PER 340/00 #7, copy d/loaded Nov 2010.
  6. [S3] Lorna Henderson, "RUNCIMAN Analysis", Nov 2010.
  7. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Kirkstops, Civil Par. Kettins, Angus (ANS), Par. 294 ED 4 Pg 6 hsehold of Alexander & Isabella RUNCIMAN (indexed as BRENIMAN), extracted Nov 2010.
  8. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Coupar Angus, PER Par. 279 ED 3 Pg 24, hsehold of James & Heen GARDINER, extracted Nov 2010.
  9. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 21 Sep 1917 Ann ROBERTSON m. to William ROBERTSON, d/o Alexander RUNCIMAN, Swordale, Par. of Kiltearn, ROC, 070/00 #14, copy d/loaded Feb 2016.
  10. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Bap. 2 Apr 1842 Susan d/o Alexander RUNCIMAN & Isabel DOW, batch C113385 Cargills, PER, extracted Nov 2010.
  11. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Bap. 13 Jan 1844 Elizabeth d/o Alexander RUNCIMAN & Isobel DOW, batch C113385 Cargills, PER, extracted Nov 2010.
  12. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Bap. 7 Feb 1846 Peter /o Alexander RUNCIMAN & Isabella DOW, batch C113385 Cargills, PER, extracted Nov 2010.
  13. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Bap. 13 Apr 1848 Isabella d/o Alexander RUNCIMAN & Isabella DOW, batch C113385 Cargills, PER, extracted Nov 2010.
  14. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Bap. 3 Sep 1853 Alexander s/o Alexander RUNCIMAN & Isabella DOW, batch C113385 Cargills, PER, extracted Nov 2010.
  15. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth 21 Jun 1855 James s/o Alexander RUNCIMAN & Isabella DOW, batch C113381 Cargill, PER, extracted Nov 2010.
  16. [S205] 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Collace, PER Reg. 340 ED 1 Sched 131, hsehold of Isabella RUNCIMAN, extracted Nov 2010.
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