Sir Harry MUNRO, XXV of Foulis, 7th Baronet

Sir Harry MUNRO, XXV of Foulis, 7th Baronet

Male Est 1720 - 1781

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  • Name  Sir Harry MUNRO, XXV of Foulis, 7th Baronet  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Prefix  Sir 
    Suffix  XXV of Foulis, 7th Baronet 
    Born  Est 1720 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  12 Jun 1781  Edinburgh, , Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried  Edinburgh, , Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Grey Friar's church-yard
    Person ID  I28  Munro
    Last Modified  29 Jan 2014 

    Father  Col. Sir Robert MUNRO, XXIV of Foulis, 6th Baronet,   b. 24 Aug 1684,   d. 17 Jan 1746, Falkirk, , Stirling, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary SEYMOUR,   b. Abt 1686,   d. 24 May 1732 
    Married  , , , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1597  Group Sheet

    Family  Anne ROSE,   b. Est 1722,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  13 Jan 1758 
    Children 
     1. Jane MUNRO,   b. Abt 1753,   d. 1771, Dingwall, Ross-Shire, Scotland, (Foulis Castle) Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Sir Hugh MUNRO, XXVI of Foulis, 8th Baronet,   b. 25 Oct 1763,   d. 2 May 1848, London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. George MUNRO,   b. Est 1765,   d. 22 Apr 1802, Kingston, , , Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Robert MUNRO,   b. Est 1767,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Seymour MUNRO,   b. Est 1769,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F1602  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
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      (The following is from the "Clan Munro Magazine" - NO. 26, 2012 - "Sir Charles Munro - The Ninth Baronet" - by Hector Munro of Foulis)

      ĞiğIt was well known in Ross-shire and beyond that in 1776 Sir Harry Munro of Foulis, 7th Baronet, after gathering in much (an estimated 36,000 acres) of the ancient Munro lands previously conveyed or leased out under the old system of wadsets and tacks, had drawn up a Deed of Entail, not only detailing who exactly was to succeed to Foulis and in what order of precedence"...For support and continuance of my family and name..." commencing with his own sons Hugh and George and lawful, (i.e. legitimate) heirs male of their bodies, whom failing (lawful) heirs female etc. This was followed by a list of the male members of the leading Munro cadet families, starting with Culcairn and follwed by Culrain, Novar, Fyrish, Achany, Teaninich and Auchenbowie, whom failing the females of the same, but also severely restricting heirs and successors from selling or burdening the Estate with debt.
      Ğ/iğ**********

      Harry (or Henry) was educated in Dr. Philip Doddridge's famous academy at Northampton. In 1737, his tutor there was the Rev. Gilbert Robertson, who later became the minister of Kincardine. His classical learning was started at Westminster School and completed at the University of Leiden in Holland, which had long been used by Scottish students and scholars. Sir Harry was known as the Scholar Chief.

      In 1746, Sir Harry Munro succeeded his father and became 25th Baron and 7th Baronet of Foulis.

      He served as a Member of Parliament uninterruptedly from 1746 to 1761, first for Ross-shire (1746-1747) and then for the Wick Burghs (1747-1761).

      He built the present Foulis Castle in the Dutch mode to replace the older castle which burned in 1750. The old castle was described in an old Gaelic poem as "castle gaunt-peaked, the eagle's nest".

      On 13 Jan 1758, he married Anne Rose, the daughter of Hugh Rose of Kilravock by his second wife, Jane (Rose).

      On 28 Jun 1776, he entailed all his estates by a deed signed at Ardullie on that date. This entail was in favor of certain female as well as male heirs, and therefore was responsible for much litigation and expenditure at a later period in the history of the family.

      For nearly thirty years he devoted his leisure hours to a critical work upon Buchanan's "Psalms of David," which he finished and left ready for the press at his death. During his lifetime he submitted the manuscript to the examination of Thomas Ruddiman, whose reputation as a Latinist and careful editor of Buchanan's "Opera Omnia," then stood high in Scotland. Ruddiman was very well pleased with it, highly praised it, and paid the handsomest compliments to Sir Harry's classical knowledge and critical ability, as shown by a letter of several pages long that he wrote. From this it is apparent that Sir Harry was entitled to the reputation which he had for distinguished attainments in Latin literature.

      He died on 12 Jun 1781, at Edinburgh, where he had gone for the benefit of his health. He was interred in Grey Friar's church-yard, about thirty yards southwest of the church, and contiguous to the burying-ground of the Monros of Achenbowie. Sixty-seven years afterwards, his grand-daughter, Mary Seymour Munro of Fowlis, erected a tombstone to his memory with the following inscription:

      "SIR HARRY MUNRO, BART. 1848. This tablet is placed here by Mary Seymour Munro of Fowlis, as a tribute of respect to the memory of her grandfather, Sir Harry Munro, Baronet. who died in Edinburgh on the 12th of June, 1781, and was buried here."

      He was succeeded by his second and elder surviving son, Hugh Munro.

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      ĞiğFoulis Castle ... was accidently burned down in 1750 after having been garrisoned for the government and suffering at the hands of the Jacobites in two uprisings. It was completely rebuilt by Sir harry Munro, 7th Baronet. The term "castle" is used in the sense of "chateau" and the structure itself was called "a mighty fine house" by a visitor in 1762. It does boast a four-story tower and was the first house in county Ross to be assisted financially on the recommendation of the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland. Ğ/iğ

      (The Monroe Book - by J. S. Guilford)
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      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Genealogist, Clan Munro Association, USA [1, 2, 3, 4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S247] History of the Munros of Fowlis, Alexander Mackenzie, M.J.L., (Published in Inverness, Scotland by A & W Mackenzie (1898)), p. 138-146 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S690] The Highland Clans, Sir Ian Moncreiffe, (1967 - Bramhall House - London - New York), p. 159 (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 140 (Reliability: 3).
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    4. [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 185 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S727] The Monroe Book, Dr. Joan S. Guilford, (Franklin, North Carolina: Genealogy Publishing Service, 1993.).

    6. [S247] History of the Munros of Fowlis, Alexander Mackenzie, M.J.L., (Published in Inverness, Scotland by A & W Mackenzie (1898)), p. 146 (Reliability: 3).