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Robert Munro, 14th Baron of Foulis (d. September 8, 1547) was a Scottish Highlander, soldier and clan chief of the Clan Munro. He was seated at Foulis Castle.[1]

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Lands and Charters

On 22nd May 1542 Robert was served heir to his father Hector Munro, 13th Baron of Foulis before John Cuthbert, Sheriff of Inverness and thus inherited his father's lands.[2] Also during 1542 king James V of Scotland granted Robert the relief of the lands that had belonged to his father.[3]

In 1542 a feud broke out between Donald Mackay of Strathnaver, chief of the Clan Mackay and John Gordon, 12th Earl of Sutherland, the chief of Clan Sutherland. The feud resulted in the Battle of Alltan-Beath after which Donald Mackay was captured and imprisoned in the Munro's Foulis Castle. Some accounts say that he escaped, others that he was released by Robert Munro as the Munros and Mackays had been on good terms for generations.[4]

In 1544 Robert Munro, 14th Baron of Foulis signed a bond of kindess and alliance with Alexander Ross, the chief of the Clan Ross of Balnagowan.[5] In 1546 Robert Munro, Laird of Foulis received the patronage of the Chaplainory of Obsdale from Angus MacDonald, 7th chief of the Clan MacDonell of Glengarry.[4]

Battle of Pinkie Cleugh

In early September 1547 Englishman Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset invaded Scotland. All of the Scottish clan chiefs and noblemen were called to Edinburgh. Robert Munro, 14th Baron of Foulis responded to the call and together with the fighting men of his clan he proceeded to Edinburgh and joined the Scottish army. On the 10th September the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh took place where Robert was killed.[4]

Family and descendants

Robert married Margaret Dunbar, only daughter of Sir Alexander Dunbar, Sheriff of Morayshire. They had seven children who produced many of the important branches of the Clan Munro.[4]

  1. Robert Mor Munro, 15th Baron of Foulis. (heir and successor).
  2. Hector Munro, 1st of Contullich. From whom descend the Munros of Contullich, Gildermorie and Fyrish.
  3. Hugh Munro 1st, of Assynt. Whose third son was Reverand John Munro of Tain.
  4. George Munro, 1st of Katewell. Who James Monroe, fifth president of the United States is said to be descended from.[6]
  5. Catherine Munro.
  6. Janet Munro.

References

  1. ^ The Monroe Family
  2. ^ Register of the Great Seal, Lib. XXVII., No.159.
  3. ^ Register of the Privy Seal, vol. xvi, folio 4.
  4. ^ a b c d History of the Munros of Fowlis. Alexander Mackenzie. Pages 40 - 43. (1898)
  5. ^ The Scottish Clans and Their Tartans. Page 79. Library Edition. Published by W. & A. K. Johnston, Limited. Edinburgh and London. 1885.
  6. ^ Foulis Castle and the Monroes of Lower Iveagh. By Horace Monroe, Canon of Southwark.
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