Alexander Ewing Runciman1

(8 December 1850 - September 1878)
FatherDavid Runciman D.D.1 (1804 - Sep 1872)
MotherJanet Aitchison1 (cir. 1816 - Feb 1890)
Relationship2nd cousin 4 times removed of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Alexander Ewing Runciman was born on 8 Dec 1850 Edinburgh St Cuthberts, MLN, SCT.1
     Alexander Ewing Runciman died in Sep 1878 Buenos Aires, ARG, at age 27; (Father's Fasti entry has "died 1874.")2,3 He was buried on 25 Sep 1878 from St Andrews Scots Ch, Buenos Aires, ARG, Alex. Ewing RUNCIMAN, 23 (should be 28 - ?typo) b SCT.2


     Alexander Ewing Runciman left from Gravesend 15th Jun 1867 arriving Durban on 20 Aug 1867 as reported in the:
"Account of a voyage on the Umgeni from Natal Mercury of 20th August 1867:
We are indebted to the courtesy of Capt. Stuart for a few particulars of the splendid voyage of the Umgeni to this port [Durban]. She left Gravesend on the 15th June and landed the pilot the following day. She took her departure from the Lizard on the 18th of June. [We] crossed the equator on the 11th of July. [We] passed Cape L’Agulhas [sic] in the parallel 380 South, a heavy gale from WNW blowing at the time. The gale was accompanied with a very dangerous cross sea, which rose in pyramids, broke aboard on both sides of the ship and filled the decks with water. The water made its way down to the saloon and cabins, which were also flooded. One of the crew was very near being washed overboard in this gale. The Umgeni had tolerable weather from there till she arrived off Natal on the 14th inst. The Umgeni brings 46 passengers, all of whom were delighted with the voyage out, and on their arrival here presented Capt. Stuart with the following addresses:
On board the Umgeni,
Port Natal, Aug 15, 1867
Dear Captain Stuart,
We, the passengers in the Umgeni, beg your acceptance of our sincere thanks for the many acts of attention and kindness we have each individually received from you during our late happy voyage from London to Natal.
We trust that you will also convey our thanks to the Chief and Second Officers for the part they have taken in rendering the voyage agreeable.
We also hope that you will accept the accompanying purse and its contents, wherewith to purchase a sextant on your return to England, feeling assured that it will not only be certain at times to recall us to your remembrance, but also be useful to yourself.
Wishing you all happiness and success,
We remain, dear Captain Stuart,
Yours very sincerely,
A Groves Duff, MD, late HM Bengal Army; Robert C Armstrong, CE; W TTrafford, A E Runciman, W A Tollner, Horatio W Wallace, John Thomas, J S Greene, Hans C FitzGerald, Jessie Tollner, Marie T Du?, Amy Temple, Alice Tyrrell, Ellen G Stone."4

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     The census of 1851 showed David, William, John, Robert and Alexander and their sisters Mary and Janet in the household of their parents David and Janet Runciman Annfield Pl (13), Glasgow, Dist of High Church, LKS, SCT, enumerated as RUNCIMAN: David D.D. 47, Minister of St Andrew b nr Lauder, Berwick; wife Janet 35 b Edin; Children: David W 13, Mary K (ancestry indexed as R) 12, William A 10, John A 8 all scholars all b Edin; Janet L (ancestry indexed as B) scholar, Robert Peel 2, Alexander E 3mths all b Glasgow; Servants: LANDES, HENNESY; BOWNER.5
     The census of 1861 showed David, William, John, Robert and Alexander and their sisters Mary, Janet and Elizabeth in the household of their parents David and Janet Runciman Duke St (317), Srpingburn, Glasgow, LKS, SCT, enumerated as RUNCIMAN: David D.D. 57, Minister of St Andrew Parish, Glasgow, b Lauder, BEW; wife Janet 45 b Peebles; Children: David W 23 (ancestry has 28) Mat student, Mary K 21, William 20 calico printer clerk, John A 18 merchants clerk, all b Edin; Janet L 15, Robert 12, Alexander 10, all scholars b Glasgow; Elizabeth N 5 b Glasgow; Servants: McNEILLAGE, McCULLICK.6 Alexander Ewing Runciman was not found with David Runciman in the census of 1871 nor any of his family as yet. This emigration accounts for him, but not the rest.7
     By 1874 Alexander Ewing Runciman was living ARG.8


     David, Mary, John, Alexander, Robert, Elizabeth and Janet were beneficiaries in the 12 Aug 1872 will of their father David Runciman Elie, FIF, SCT.9

All the other info

     Alexander is just one of the family in Sth America, his main reason for inclusion on the web site was to get a marker on the map for Argentina, but just recently (2010) Tim passed on evidence he had also been in Sth Africa.10,4

External links

     Click here to see Alexander's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.11
ChartsRUNCIMAN of Earlston/Wanton Walls
Last Edited6 Feb 2016


  1. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), RUNCIMAN/AITCHISON births/baptisms, batch C119889, extracted Sep 2005.
  2. RUNCIMAN Misc. web searches & correspondence RUNCIMAN burials registered St Andrew's Scots Church, Buenos Aires, extracted Sep 2005, From…, posted by Jeremy HOWAT, home page last updated 16 Sep 2005.
  3. RUNCIMAN Misc. web searches & correspondence Dr David RUNCIMAN, from Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae; the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the reformation (1915), online at, extracted May 2007.
  4. Tim Gallwey, "RUNCIMAN/GALLWEY Corres. ex Tim G," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, 20 Aug 1867 A E RUNCIMAN, Durban, Port Natal, signatory to letter to Capt Stuart from passengers of the voyage of the "Umgeni" as reported Natal Mercury 20 Aug 1867, transcription rcvd Nov 2010.
  5. 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Barony, LKS, Par. 622 ED 2C Pg 16 Sched 73, hsehold of David & Janet RUNCIMAN, extracted May 2007.
  6. 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Springburn, High Church, Glasgow, LKS, Par. 644/2 ED 121 Pg 7 Sched 36, hsehold of David & Janet RUNCIMAN, extracted May 2007.
  7. Lorna Henderson, "RUNCIMAN Analysis", Jun 2007, updated Dec 2010.
  8. online at, 1874, Alexander Ewing RUNCIMAN, from index to David DOBSON's"Scots in Latin America" Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore, 2003, extracted Jun 2007.
  9. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Trust Dispostion and Settlement, 1872 Rev David RUNCIMAN DD, copy d/loaded Sep 2005, (SC36/51/62, Glasgow Sheriff Court, Wills).
  10. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Oct 2008.
  11. WikiTree online at, Oct-11.

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.