Robert Richardson

(circa March 1747 - after 1791)
FatherWalter Richardson (cir. 1720 - aft. Feb 1778); No other Walter's with sons Robert as possible candidates in ROX, and naming pattern fits1
MotherMargaret Shiell (Jul 1723 - aft. 1764)
Relationship4th great-grandfather of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Robert Richardson was born cir. Mar 1747 Bankhead, Par. of Linton, ROX, SCT.1 He was baptized on 29 Mar 1747 Par. of Linton, ROX, SCT; "March 29th this day...
ditto Walter Richardson, hind in Bankhead son called Robert, witnesses James Hunter and William Richardson Elders" (I assume the latter is Walter's brother.)1

     Robert Richardson married Margaret Runchaman, daughter of John Runciman and Elizabeth Familton, on 20 Jun 1771 Maxton, ROX, SCT, entry reads: "Robert Richardson in this parish and ?? blank Runchaman in the parish of Earlston gave up yr names for proclamation for marriage the 20 of (Jun or July??) 1771 they were thrice proclamed no objection offered and married."2
     Robert Richardson died aft. 1791 ?Maxton, ROX, SCT.3
     Robert was the smith at Whitelaw (nr Rutherford in the Par. of Maxton) from at least 1773 to 1784, and in 1784 also described as "Elder in this Kirk".
There is also a Robert, smith at Morebattle mentioned in 1824, but that is more likely to be his son Robert.
Which Robert was the witness to a FOX baptism in Morebattle in 1797 is open to conjecture - and he could be a completely separate Robert!4,5
Noted that on 6 Sep 1732 a Thomas, s/o John SIBBALD in Whytlaw was prenticed to Wm Richardson smith (B.)
I can't immediately spot an appropriate William for this in our lot, but it seems too much of a coincidence for this not to be a connection.6

External links

     Robert Richardson belongs to a DNA tested line. There may be more information available on DNASurnames under the DNA project for his/her surname/line.


Margaret Runchaman (cir. Oct 1746 - aft. 1784)
ChartsWilliam RICHARDSON of Pringlestead, Eckford
RUNCIMAN of Earlston/Wanton Walls
My pedigree chart
Paternal ancestors of Lorna
Paternal timeline

Helen Sinton WIGHT's ancestors

Last Edited8 Aug 2012


  1. Baptism: Linton, ROX, Bap. 29 Mar 1747 Robert s/o Walter (hind, Bankhead) RICHARDSON, p/copy held (taken Sep/Oct 1994/5, scanned Feb 2012).
  2. Births baptisms burials: Maxton, ROX (Dist 798), Marr. 1771 Robert RICHARDSON and RUNCHAMAN, transcr. Sep/Oct 1994.
  3. Births baptisms burials: Maxton, ROX (Dist 798), Burial 1791 Walter RICHARDSON, extracted Sep/Oct 1994/5.
  4. Births baptisms burials: Maxton, ROX (Dist 798), Birth 2 Oct Bap. 3 Nov 1784 David s/o Robert RICHARDSON & Margaret RUNCHAMAN.
  5. Borders FHS, MIs: ROX Morebattle, militia list (re-checking the booklet however doesn't show a militia list in it!).
  6. Various authors, Assorted RICHARDSON Web searches/Correspondence, 6 Sep 1732 Thomas s/o John SIBBBALD of Whytlaw, p to Wm RICHARDSON, smith (B), from Apprentice records, at, extracted May 2008.
  7. Births baptisms burials: Maxton, ROX (Dist 798), Bap. 1773 Betty RICHARDSON, poor p/copy held, taken Sep/Oct 1994/5.
  8. Births baptisms burials: Maxton, ROX (Dist 798), Birth/baptism 1776 Walter RICHARDSON, extracted Sep/Oct 1994/5.
  9. Births baptisms burials: Maxton, ROX (Dist 798), Bap. 1782 James to Robert RICHARDSON & Margaret RUNCHAMAN, copy taken Sep 1994.
  10. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Dth 1868 James RICHARDSON, reg. Newington, Edin Dist 685/5 Pg 29 #86, copy d/loaded Jun 2007.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.