Runciman: North Berwick (ELN, SCT)

FatherRunciman: ELN (SCT)
NameAnalysisNorth Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland;From the 14 Burial and Mortcloth entries presented in the typewriten index from the Kirk Session and OP Records, one looks like a typo (Runiman), 3 are Runsiman, including the earliest reference at 1709, and the rest 1808 through 1847 are Runciman. The first of 25 births (less 7 duplications) is 1762, as Runciman, the only other variant in the births being Runsiman, with 9 instances, all in the family of John Runsiman (or Runciman) & Jean Barrie, 1789-1803.
With birth records beginning in this parish 1604, and a gap only at 1617-1652, the inference is that there were no Runciman families in the area until John (Punton) arrived by 1762, which cannot be accurate as there were burials there around the early 1700s - possibly other nearby congregations appealed more?1,2,3,4 
Name-Earliest1709;Runsiman;Earliest Run*man of the 14 Burial and Mortcloth entries, with two more of same spelling, one each in 1720 and 17211 
SurnameVariant1709;Runsiman;Earliest Run*man of the 14 Burial and Mortcloth entries, with two more of same spelling, one each in 1720 and 1721, then again in births from 17891,5 
SurnameVariant1717;Runiman;?typo in transcript or accurate reflection of the record?2 
Last Edited13 Feb 2010


  1. [S120] Scottish Genealogy Society (2007), "North Berwick Burial & Mortcloth Records", Mortcloth 30 Oct 1709 Nicholas RUNCIMAN, £4/-/-, ref KS2, p/copy of index rcvd Feb 2010.
  2. [S120] Scottish Genealogy Society (2007), "North Berwick Burial & Mortcloth Records", Mortcloth 28 Apr 1717 son of William RUNCIMAN, £2/-/-, ref KS2, p/copy of index rcvd Feb 2010.
  3. [S100] Scotlands People Index, "OPR East Lothian Scotlands People Births 1538-1854", Birth 1762 Margaret d/o John RUNCIMAN & Elizabeth PUNTON, North Berwick, 713/ 0030 0213, extracted from index Feb 2010.
  4. [S606] Family Search Wiki, online, Church record notes for North Berwick (ELN), extracted Feb 2010.
  5. [S100] Scotlands People Index, "OPR East Lothian Scotlands People Births 1538-1854", Birth 1789 William s/o John RUNSIMAN & Jean BARRY, North Berwick, 713/ 0040 0103, extracted from index Feb 2010.
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