Ruth Runchman1

(5 Mar 1804 - aft. 1838)
Father*Richard Runchman1 (say 1770 - aft. 1804)
Mother*Jane Sanderson1 (say 1770 - aft. 1804)


     Ruth Runchman was born on 5 Mar 1804 Berwick upon Tweed, NBL, ENG.1 She was baptized on 15 Apr 1804 at the Golden Sq Presb. or Scotch Ch, Berwick upon Tweed, NBL, ENG.1
     Ruth Runchman died aft. 1838 ?Hobart, TAS, AUS.2
Ruth had been convicted for "Stealing 2 Shirts - once for a similar offence 4 Months", transported for 7 years for "Theft by habit & repute", aged 26, born Berwickshire (which could easily be someone misinterpreting Berwick upon Tweed for at a later date), single, two children, one on board; Surgeons report on arrival: "Orderly & useful on Board as a Cook; Description: Scar on bridge of nose Slightly ppitted - Stout made - Scar over right Eyebrow; grey eyes, small, dk brown hair; 59" tall; Protestant, could read; by trade a ho. servant; Shown as mustered at the House of Correction on 13 Dec 1832, 1833 and 1835, as having her ticket of leave in Mar 1836, and appears in an advertisement for certificate of freedom eligibility at Hobart in Jan 1838.3,2,4

Names/other info

     Ruth Runciman immigrated, rather involuntarily, on 19 Oct 1831 "Mary III", Hobart, TAS, AUS; Ship left from Woolwich, taking 130 days; held 151 females, 2 dying en route.3,2
ChartsRichard & Jane (SANDERSON) RUNCHMAN of Berwick upon Tweed, NBL
Last Edited17 Sep 2014


  1. [S3088] Gail Nicholls-Runciman, "RUNCIMAN Correspondence," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Birth 5 Mar Bap. 15 Apr 1804 Ruth d/o Richard & Jane RUNCHMAN, Golden Sq or Scotch Ch, Berwick upon Tweed, NBL, from FamilySearch England and Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8) and England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 batch C08038-1 films 0825350 (RG4 1575), 0916575 (RG4 1401, extracted Feb 2013.
  2. [S3129] Trove - Digitised Newspapers, 4 Jan 1838 Ruth RUNCIMAN, Certificate of Freedom eligibility, Hobart, TAS, from Classified Advertising. (1838, January 12). The Hobart Town Courier (Tas. : 1827 - 1839), p. 4, from, extracted Feb 2013.
  3. [S3238] Founders and Survivors 1803-1920 (Tasmania) by Tasmanian Archives online at, Ruth RUNCIMAN, tried Glasgow 4 Jan 1831, convicted, transported "Mary III" from Woolwich, arr. 19 Oct 1831 (130 day voyage), extracted Feb 2013.
  4. [S3129] Trove - Digitised Newspapers, 4 Mar1836 Ruth RUNCIMAN, "Mary", Ticket of Leave, Hobart, TAS, from Classified Advertising. (1836, March 4). The Hobart Town Courier (Tas. : 1827 - 1839), p. 1. from, extracted Feb 2013.
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