Margaret Runciman1,2

(circa 1752 - 11 Jul 1831)


     Margaret Runciman was born circa 1752 ?ELN, SCT.3
     Margaret Runciman married Richard Whitecross on 12 Jul 1781 North Berwick, ELN, SCT, entry shows Richard as a labr, Margaret as Runsiman, both of this parish. No witnesses or cautioners mentioned.2,4
     Margaret Runciman died on 11 Jul 1831 at North Berwick, East Lothian.3 She was buried on 13 Jul 1831 at North Berwick, East Lothian, Burial entry reads: July 13th Margaret Runciman, relict of Richard Whitecross died the 11th inst aged 78 years and was this day interred in the churchyard here.3
The original Aug 1762 birth date assumed correct id of Margaret's parents, which is rather unlikely now, given her age at burial makes it more likely to be abt 1752/3.
John and Elizabeth (Punton) Runciman were the only couple baptising a Margaret in the correct timeframe and place - but Richard and Margaret have no known children named either John or Elizabeth. Although we don't know Richard's parents, we do know that son Peter did follow the naming pattern for his children.
So what options does that open up?
Nearest by known dates is the Margaret, daughter of William of Crail and Elizabeth Jamieson.
DNA matches between these families are currently being investigated (Sep 2021) to see if any corroboration can be provided.5

Names/other info

     In 1781 her surname was recorded as Runsiman when she married Richard.4


     Click here to see Margaret's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.6


Richard Whitecross (say 1755 - )
  • James Whitecross7 (Jun 1782 - Dec 1860)
  • Janet Whitecross7 (Jun 1782 - )
  • Margaret Whitecross8 (Apr 1784 - )
  • Peter Whitecross2 (Sep 1786 - Jul 1868)
  • William Whitecross9 (circa 1789 - Jul 1863)
ChartsThe WHITECROSS / RUNCIMAN connections
Last Edited1 Oct 2021


  1. [S104] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Berwick, SCT, RUNCIMAN Births 1538-1854", Birth/Bap.? 22 Aug 1762 Margaret d/o John RUNCIMAN & Elizabeth PUNTON, Nth Berwick, ELN 713/ 0030 0213, extracted from index Apr 2012.
  2. [S2903] Lawrence FLETCHER, "RUNCIMAN/WISHART/JAMIESON Corres. ex Lawrence F," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Dth 21 Jul 1868 Peter s/o Richard WHITECROSS & Margaret RUNCIMAN, h/o Elizabeth RUNCIMAN & Margaret MANDERSON, Nth Berwick, ELN 713 #20, copy rcvd Feb 2010.
  3. [S3217] WikiTree online at, Dth 11th Bur.13th Jul 1831 North Berwick, ELN, relict of Richard WHITECROSS, from Parish Register, quoted on her WikiTree page:
  4. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854),, Marr. 12 Jul 1781 Margaret RUNSIMAN & Richard WHITECROSS, Nth Berwick, ELN, 713/ 0030 0299, copy d/loaded May 2012.
  5. [S3] Lorna Henderson, "RUNCIMAN Analysis", May 2012, updated Sep 2021.
  6. [S3217] WikiTree online at,, updated Aug 2021.
  7. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at, Birth 17 Jun Bap. 18 Jun 1782 James & Janet to Richard WHITECROSS & Margaret RUNSIMAN, North Berwick, ELN, from Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 batch C11713-5 film 1067851, extracted May 2012.
  8. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at, Birth 16 Apr Bap. 18 Apr 1784 Margaret d/o Richard WHITECROSS & Margaret RUNSIMAN, North Berwick, ELN, from Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 batch C11713-5 film 1067851, extracted May 2012.
  9. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 28 Jul 1863 William s/o Richard WHITECROSS & Margaret RUNCIMAN, h/o Margaret BURNETT, West Linton, Dirleton, ELN 705 #12, copy d/loaded May 2012.
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