Sir Robert MUNRO, XXI of Foulis, 3rd Baronet

Sir Robert MUNRO, XXI of Foulis, 3rd Baronet

Male Abt 1614 - 1668

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  • Name  Sir Robert MUNRO, XXI of Foulis, 3rd Baronet  [1, 2, 3
    Prefix  Sir 
    Suffix  XXI of Foulis, 3rd Baronet 
    Born  Abt 1614 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  14 Jan 1668  [1
    Buried  Kiltearn, , Ross-Shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID  I24  Munro
    Last Modified  9 Mar 2013 

    Father  Col. John MUNRO, II of Obsdale,   b. Abt 1590,   d. 11 Mar 1633, Wetterau, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Catherine GORDON,   b. Abt 1592,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F1584  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Jean MUNRO,   b. Est 1620,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
    >1. Sir John MUNRO, XXII of Foulis, 4th Baronet,   b. Abt 1639,   d. 29 Sep 1697, Dingwall, , Ross and Cromarty, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Hector MUNRO,   b. Abt 1641, Of, Drummond, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1708
     3. David MUNRO,   b. Abt 1643,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Col. Andrew MUNRO,   b. Abt 1645,   d. 24 Aug 1693
     5. William MUNRO,   b. Abt 1647,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Joseph MUNRO,   b. Abt 1649,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Daniel MUNRO,   b. Abt 1651,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >8. Rebecca MUNRO,   b. Est 1652,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F1586  Group Sheet

    Children 
    >1. Andrew MUNRO,   b. Abt 1655, Of, Tenourd Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F9116  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Robert was the second son of Colonel John Munro of Obsdale. Because he did not expect to inherit, he entered the army early in life. In 1626 he became an officer in Sir Donald Mackay's regiment, serving with it first in the Danish service, and afterwards in that of Sweden.

      Sir Robert highly distinguished himself on the Continent during the Thirty Years' War. He returned home soon after, if not shortly before, the Peace of Westphalia was proclaimed by the Treaty of Munster, on 24 Oct 1648.

      On 26 Aug 1643, during the minority of the former Chief, Robert Munro, Tutor of Foulis, was appointed Commissioner of War for the Sheriffdom of Sutherland and a part of Inverness-shire. He was appointed again on 24 Jul 1644.

      Sir Robert served heir to his father, Colonel John Munro of Obsdale, after the death of his elder brother, John. He became tutor-at-law to his second cousin, Hector in 1639 when he, himself, reached 25 years of age. In 1651 when Sir Hector Munro of Foulis died, Sir Robert was the nearest male heir, so he succeeded and became the 21st Baron and 3rd Baronet of Foulis.

      Before he succeeded to Foulis, he married his cousin, Jean, eldest daughter and co-heir of Colonel Sir Hector Munro, 1st Baronet.

      On succeeding as head of his house and clan he took up his residence in his ancestral home at Foulis. He was the means of getting the famous Rev. Thomas Hogg to Kiltearn, and suffered much from fines and imprisonment for non- conformity to Episcopacy. As long as Mr. Hogg lived, Sir Robert sent him his share of the stipend of Kiltearn annually.

      In 1649, the Scottish Parliament divided the Sheriffdom of Inverness-shire and erected the Sheriffdom of Ross. Sir Robert had been elected Member of Parliament for Inverness-shire in 1649 and for his own County of Ross after it was separated from the County of Inverness that same year. He was also appointed the first Sheriff of the County of Ross. He held office for eight years under the Commonwealth.

      In 1654 he was imprisoned by the royalists and his lands and tenants suffered under their hands. The lands of Foulis were taken from him and granted to others. He was fined 3600 pounds at the Restoration.

      He died 14 Jan 1668 at Foulis Castle and was buried at Kiltearn. (Ref. (2) is in error when it says he died in 1666. Ref. (1) cites a document which proves him to be alive in Sep 1667.)

      He was succeeded by his son, Sir John, in 1676 when the lands of Foulis were returned to his possession.

      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Genealogist, Clan Munro Association, USA [5]

  • Sources 
    1. [S686] The Munro Tree (1734), R. W. Munro, (Privately published in Edinburgh, Scotland (1978)), p. 20 (W) (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S645] Clan Munro files - Boggs, Elizabeth Monroe, Elizabeth Monroe Boggs, Pedigree of the Munro Family - undated (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S668] RW Munro's Genealogy Database, Robert William Munro, (The collected genealogy notes of RW Munro, Hon. Historian of Clan Munro (Association) edited by Dr. Jean Munro, transcribed by Charles C. Munroe, III and others. Transcription completed Jan 2009. Original card file is kept at the "Storehouse of Foulis" near Foulis Castle in Scotland.), card 386, 408 (Reliability: 3).
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    4. [S247] History of the Munros of Fowlis, Alexander Mackenzie, M.J.L., (Published in Inverness, Scotland by A & W Mackenzie (1898)), p. 90 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S247] History of the Munros of Fowlis, Alexander Mackenzie, M.J.L., (Published in Inverness, Scotland by A & W Mackenzie (1898)), p. 87-90 (Reliability: 3).