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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Clan Munro Tours of Scotland

Clan Munro Tours of Scotland. The clan Monro or Munro's possessions which are situated on the north side of Cromarty Firth, were generally known in the Highlands by the name of Fearainn Domhnuill or 'Donald's country,' which is a reference to the traditional progenitor of the clan, Donald the son of O'Cean, who lived in the time of Macbeth.

These lands comprised most of the adjoining parishes of Kiltearn and Alness. The first recorded member of the family, Hugh Munro, designated of Foulis, died in 1126. He appears to have been Donald's grandson, O'Cean's son.

The chiefs held public office under the Stewart monarchs, and Sir William Munro was killed in 1505 on the King's business in Wester Ross; his son was the royal lieutenant there, ten years later.

In 1547 the chief Robert, the 14th baron, was slain at the battle of Pinkie with many of his men whilst resisting an English invasion. Dr Alexander Monro of the Fyrish branch refused to abandon his allegiance to the Stewart monarchy, and as a consequence lost his offices as principal of Edinburgh University, minister of the High Kirk of St Giles, and Bishop-elect of Argyll. The clan, however, followed their chief and throughout the period of Jacobite unrest from 1689 to 1746, supported the Government.

Sir Hugh, the 8th baronet, had an only daughter, Mary Seymour Munro, who died on the 12th of January, 1849. When he died on the 2nd of May, 1848, his kinsman, Sir Charles, became the 9th baronet and 27th baron of Foulis.

During the Forty-five the Castle at Foulis was left half in ruins and the chief Harry Munro set about a programme of rebuilding. Nevertheless the Castle fell into neglect once more but when Sir Hector Munro inherited the estate in 1884 he once more made it into a family home. The castle is mentioned in documents from as early as 1491.

Septs of Clan: Dingwall, Foulis, MacCulloch, MacLulich, Vass, Wass.

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