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Philip Runciman

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Philip Runciman (1875-1953), managing director of Runciman (London)

1875 Born in New Cross, son of James Runciman, an author, and his wife Katherine[1]. James was a younger brother of Walter Runciman

1911 Ship broker, lived in Kingston, Surrey, with his wife Violet 31[2]



1953 Obituary [3]


Mr. Philip Runciman, for many years one of the prominent figures in this country's shipping industry, died on Friday last, June 5th, at the age of seventy-eight.

Before he joined the family business as a junior chartering clerk, Mr. Runciman received his initial training for the industry as an office boy with Alan Wren and Co., and later as a junior clerk with Wood, Cattle and Co.

He eventually became managing director of Runciman (London), Ltd., and served as a director with a number of other companies, including the Moor Line, Ltd., the Runciman Shipping Company, Barberrys Steamship Company, Ltd., &c.

When the Anchor Line was reconstituted in 1935, Mr. Runciman became the chairman. He joined the Baltic Exchange in 1899 and for many years was engaged closely in the freight exchange markets. He became president of the Chamber of Shipping of the United Kingdom, and for some fourteen years served as chairman of the documentary committee of that body, his services also being in constant demand on various other committees. Few men played a greater part in maintaining the British mercantile marine and in building up the overseas commerce of this country, and Philip Runciman's name will long be remembered by the industry for the work he did.



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Sources of Information

  1. 1891 census
  2. 1911 census
  3. The Engineer 1953/06/12