James Runciman1

(circa 1793 - 14 May 1874)


     One webpage assigns this James to the family of William of Woburn, which seems a little unlikely, because of the very few gaps in the birth dates of known children, because at least one census states he was born Edinburgh, and because his will appears to not mention close family.2,3


     James Runciman was born circa 1793 LND, ENG.4,5 Some sources show James as born circa 1796 Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, (there's a 1797 reg. to a George and Janet (DALGLEISH) R. in Borthwick that might bear further investigation.)6,7
     James Runciman died on 14 May 1874 153 New North Rd, Hoxton, Dist of Shoreditch, MDX, ENG.1,4
A "Wills and Bequests" column in the Edinburgh Evening News of 14th Jul 1874 resports: "the will of James Runciman, merchant late of Lawrence, Pountney Lane, who died on the 14th of May last, at 153 New North Road, Hoxton, has been proved ... The testator bequeaths to the Countess Russell, wife of Earl Russell, whom he believes to be, in common with himself, a descendant of the Elliots of Stobb, North Britain, £10,000; to the Scottish Corporation, 7 Crane Court, £1000; to Mrs Margaret Scott, £200; and to Mrs Helen Anne Fowlis, £1000. ... The residue of his property the testator gives to his friends and executors for their own use, in equal shares."
NB the Countess Russell turns out to be Frances Anna-Maria Elliot-Murray_Kynynmound, married 1841 to John RUSSELL - grandparents of Bertrand RUSSELL - does anyone know how she and James RUNCIMAN are believed to connect?3


     James Runciman appeared on the census of 1841 Ashford St, St Leonards, Dist of Shoreditch, LND, ENG, as James RUNCIMAN 45 ? clerk, not b cty, in hsehold of Catherine STUART (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)8
     James Runciman appeared on the census of 1851 31 Cavendish St, Hoxton, Dist of Shoreditch, LND, ENG, enumerated as James RUNCIMAN 55 commission merchant b Edin., MLN lodger in hsehold of Elizabeth THRESHER lodging hse keeper.6
     James Runciman appeared on the census of 1871 153 New North Rd, Hackney, Dist of Shoreditch, LND, ENG, enumerated as James RUNCIMAN 78 East India Merchant b London, unm; lodger in hsehold of George R 35 (no occ. b Romsey, Hants) & Annie SANDERSON.5
Last Edited6 Feb 2016


  1. [S5] Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Dth 14 May Prob 1 Jun 1874 James RUNCIMAN, merchant, to SMITH *2, BUNTON, from England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941, extracted Feb 2012.
  2. [S3] Lorna Henderson, "RUNCIMAN Analysis", Feb 2012.
  3. [S1599] Findmypast online at http://www.findmypast.com, Will 1874 James RUNCIMAN, merchant of Lawrence, Pountney Lane, from Edinburgh Evening News, published 14th Jul 1874, extracted from image Nov 2012.
  4. [S1595] Www FreeBMD ENG online at http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Dth 1874 Q2 James RUNCIMAN, aged 81, reg. Shoreditch, LND 1c/74, extracted Feb 2012.
  5. [S206] 1871 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Par. of Christchurch, Sub Dist Hoxton New Town Dist Shoreditch LND RG10; Piece: 444; Folio: 20; Page: 33; Sched. 225, hsehold of George R & Annie SANDERSON, extracted Feb 2012.
  6. [S202] 1851 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Par. of Hoxton St John, Sub Dist Hoxton New Town Dist Shoreditch LND HO107; Piece: 1535; Folio: 362; Page: 16; Sched. 84, hsehold of Elizabeth THRESHER, extracted Feb 2012.
  7. [S108] GRO Scotland, "OPR Midlothian Scotlands People (RUNCIMAN & variants) Births 1538-1854", Birth/Bap.? 24 Nov 1797 James s/o George RUNCIMAN & Janet DALGLEISH, Borthwick, MLN 674/ 0020 0094, extracted from index Feb 2012.
  8. [S200] 1841 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Civil Parish: St Leonard Shoreditch; MDX HO107; Piece: 708; Book: 5; ED: 19; Folio: 37; Page: 4; hsehold of Catherine STUART, extracted Feb 2012.
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