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  • ID: I25932
  • Name: George Munro , 10th of Foulis
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: in Foulis Castle,
  • Death: 1452 in killed at Belach naborge
  • Event: 1 Source From The Munro Tree (1743). See Notes. & See Stirnet Genealogy at
  • Note:

    George Munro, 10th Baron of Foulis
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,_10th_Baron_of_Foulis

    George Munro of Foulis is traditionally the 10th Baron and 13th successive chief of the Clan Munro. However he is only the third successive chief of the clan who can be proved by contemporary evidence.[1] He was the eldest son of Hugh Munro, 9th Baron of Foulis and was seated at Foulis Castle.

    1 Lands and Charters
    2 Battle of Bealach nam Broig
    3 Family and descendants
    4 References
    Lands and Charters

    According to 19th-century historian Alexander Mackenzie, George Munro of Foulis was on the 17th of October 1410, before Hugh Fraser, 1st Lord Lovat - Sherriff of Inverness, served heir to his mother (Isobel Keith) in the lands of Lissera, Borrowston and Lybster in Caithness. These lands being disponed by his maternal grandmother, the Lady Mariotta Cheyne as one of the co-heiresses of her father Sir Reginald Cheyne of Inverugie.[2] Mackenzie also states that George Munro of Foulis obtained a charter under the Great Seal of king James I of Scotland dated at St Andrews on the 22nd of July 1426, in which he had confirmed to him the land and baronies of Easter and Wester Fowlis (Foulis), Katewell, Contullich, Dann, Carbisdale, Inverlael, Findon and others.[2] Mackenzie also states that George Munro of Foulis is recorded on charters of the years 1437, 1438, 1439, 1440 and 1449.[2] 20th-century historian RW Munro does not deny these charters but does say that the evidence for them is "lacking". However he does confirm that George Munro is on record in 1437 and 1449.[1]

    Battle of Bealach nam Broig

    It was during George Munro of Foulis's chieftaincy that a rising took place in 1452 by a group of clans from Kinlochewe who were septs and supporters of the Clan Mackenzie whose chief was Alexander Mackenzie of Kintail. The Kinlochewe clans took hostage the nephew of the Earl of Ross. The Munros and Dingwalls in response pursued and overtook the rising clans at Bealach nam Broig. A bitter battle ensued, fuelled by old feuds and animosities. In the end the Kinlochewe clans of the MacIvers, MacAulays and MacLeays were almost utterly extinguished and the Munros and Dingwalls won a hollow victory: though the Earl's nephew had been rescued, they had lost a great number of men.[3] George is believed to have been killed at the Battle of Bealach nam Broig in 1452, this is likely as it is confirmed by records that he was dead by 1453. [1]

    Family and descendants

    George Munro of Foulis married twice. His first marriage was to Isobella Ross, daughter of the chief of Clan Ross of Balnagowan. Different sources mention the child they had. Mackenzie states that George Munro and Isobella's only son was another George Munro said to have been killed with his father at the Battle of Bealach nam Broig in 1452.[2] However the Munro Tree of 1734 states that their child was called William Munro.[1] Mackenzie states that William Munro was born from George's second marriage and that he is recorded in a document from 1499.[2]

    George Munro married secondly a daughter of MacCulloch of Plaids. They had two sons:[1]

    1. John Munro, 11th Baron of Foulis (heir and successor).

    2. Hugh Munro, 1st of Coul and later Balconie. The clergyman and writer Donald Monro, Dean of the Isles was his grandson. Other notable descendants included Sir Thomas Munro, 1st Baronet (of Linderits) and William Munroe who became a landowner in the United States and his brother, Benedict Munro, Baron von Meikeldorf a German Baron.


    : a b c d e "The Munro Tree 1734". Published in 1978, Edinburgh. By R. W. Munro. Page 9 - on opposite unnumbered page - paragraph M. ISBN 0-9503689-1-1.
    : a b c d e "History of the Munros of Fowlis". pages 17 - 21. By Alexander Mackenzie. Published 1898.
    Genealogical History of the Earldom of Sutherland. By Sir Robert Gordon of Gordonstoun (1580 - 1656).

    "Isobel Ross was George's first wife and MacCulloch was his second wife. See THE MUNRO TREE (1734) by R. W. Munro, page 9. In a 1971 article appearing in v. 12 of CLAN MUNRO MAGAZINE,..., R. W. Munro identifies Alexander MacCulloch of Plaids, first of the name bearing that designation on record, as the father of a daughter (first name unknown) who was the second wife of George Munro of Foulis."
    Douglas Hickling
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    (August 2003)

    A more detailed discussion on "NOTES ON A FEW FEMALE ANCESTORS OF JOHN MUNRO" will appear in the up coming edition of the MUNRO EAGLE, the publication of the Clan Munro Association in the U. S

    "The Munro Tree (1734)" "A Genealogy and Chronology of the Munro's of Foulis and other Families of the Clan." A manuscript compiled in 1734 edited with Introduction and Notes by R.W Munro. Printed for subscribers , Edinburgh 1978 (Page 3)

    Below from
    "The Munro Tree (1734)" "A Genealogy and Chronology of the Munro's of Foulis and other Families of the Clan." A manuscript compiled in 1734 edited with Introduction and Notes by R.W Munro. Printed for subscribers, Edinburgh 1978 (Page 9)

    GEORGE Barron of Fowlis married first a daughter of Balnagowns by whom he had a son William, next he married a daughter of McCulloch of plaids by whom he had John and Hugh he was killed at Belach nabroge 1452.

    Hugh Munro of Coul married thrice 1 Eve McLean Chieftane of the Shiel Tarlichs daughter mother to John Hector and Andrew 2 next a daughter of Dugal Cattanach of Craignes mother to Alexr. Donald Robert and George and after her decease he married a daughter of Keith Marishall by whom he had a son John of each of whom came great families.

    Mr John Munro of Balcony and Coul married Mcby of Strathchonnins daughterMargaret by whom he had John Hugh William Andrew David and Donald.

    John Moir Munro of Balcony married Vaus of Loch Sline his daughter by whom he had John Hugh the first of Teaninich Mr Robert Munro vicar of Urquhart and Minister of Kiltearn who dyed 1610 Ferquhar Munro of Aldy David and two daughters one married John Munro of Pittonachly.

    John Munro of Balconie married Katherine daughter to Robert Baron ofFowlis slain at Pinkie by whom he had Hugh Mr Robert John and five
    daughters one of quhich married Urquhart of Davistown another Clunes
    Bailzie of Cromarty another Simpson of Bannans another Denuine of
    [? Ken-].

    Hugh Munro of Balcony married Euffem daughter to Andrew Munro of Miltown by whom he had Robert George John Ferquhar William
    and Andrew who went the last five to the German wars with Fowlis
    and a daughter Agnes who married George Munro of Catweall.

    Robert Munro of Balconie married a daughter of Hector Munroof Assint by whom he had John Isobell and Margaret and after
    her decease he married Margaret daughter to Donald McKy of
    Scoury by whom he had Donald he had a Natural son John.

    Donald Munro married Agnes McKy in Torboll of Breachat who did bear to him a son John and daughter.
    M/8 John Munro his son.

    M/9 Hugh of Teaninich his 2d son married Euffem daughter to AndrewMunro of Culinald by whom he had Robert Andrew and John Munro Bailyie of Tayne.

    Robert of Teaninich married Janet daughter to Hugh Munro of Assint by whom he had Hugh George William and John and his 2d wife had Lieutenant Donald.

    Hugh of Teaninich married Christane daughter to William Cuthbertof Castlehill by whom he had Hugh next he married Munro of
    Tarlogies daughter.
    M/12 Hugh of Tearivan married Janet daughter to Andrew Fraser ofPitcailean by whom he had Andrew and Hugh Munro the Mason.


    M George is said to have been served heir 17 Oct 1410 to Isobel Keith his mother in certain Caithness lands which had belonged to Mariotte Cheyne (Douglas 81) and to have had a Crown charter of all his lands dated St Andrews 22 Jly 1426 (Chron. Acc. 17-18, Douglas 81) but proof is lacking of both; also of an entail by Sir John Forrester of Corstorphine, possibly a mutual entail, said to have been confirmed at the same time (Chron. Acc. 17-18, Suth Em. 46, Scottish Genealogist xxi 87-8). George of Foulis is found on record 1437 x 1449 (charters cited OPS ii 534) and was dead by 1453 (FW 19) which accords with dating of Bealach nam Broig in 1452 (CMM xi 27). George's first wife is thought to be Isobel dr of Alexander Ross of Balnagown who fell at Alit Charrais (Ross Es.9) and perhaps mother of Alexander Sutherland who through Mr Robert Munro opposed succession of Elizabeth wife of Sir Adam Gordon to Sutherland earldom 1514 (Suth Bk i 68n, Earldom 568, SP viii 334-5); they are said to have had a dr who m Neil 'Vass' Mackay (Book of Mackay 66). George's eldest son by the Ross marriage unnamed in Martine A 37 and B 5 and called George in Mackenzie 21, and 11 other members of the family are said to have been killed at Bealach nam Broig (Martine loc cit, Crom Es. ii 470-1); identity of William living 1498 is not entirely clear (Fraser-Mackintosh's Invernessiana 173, Mackenzie 21, and see ADC ii 207-8).

    M/1 Hugh is on record 1498 as 'Huchone Monro brother to umquhile Jhone of Monro of Foulis' (ADC
    ii 207-8); no contemporary mention of his marriages are known, but Coul MS 27 says his wives were drs of (1) 'Ewin Maclean chieften of Sheiltarlich'; (2) 'Dougall Cattanach of Craegnesh in Badenoch'; (3) 'Keith Marshell' - not stated which member of this family referred to - see L note above. For sons see John M/2, Hector of Carbisdale M/26. Andrew of Culcraggie M/34, Alexander of Kiltearn M/38. Donald provost of Tain M/88, Robert of Milton of Alness M/92; on George there is no further information; John lived at Ord of Inverbrene (? Inverbrekie) and was named 'Waddle' or 'a mhadaidh' from having killed a wolf (Coul MS 28, Mackenzie 342).

    M/2 John was presented to vicarage of Logy and Urquhart i.e. Logie-Urquhart when vacant (RSS 17 Oct 1498, Coul MS 27); wife Margaret called McLeay in Culcairn copy and McKenzie in Teaninich copy.

    (N.B. There is reason to believe that the Munros of Balcony in this MS are identical with the Munros of Urquhart on record from 1556 (FW 70) until kirklands of Balconie were acquired by Hector Munro of Clyne: later Sir Hector of Foulis (RMS 13 Jan 1624, FW 172); the John/Hugh/Robert succession in both is significant, and other similarities are noted below).

    M/3 John of Balcony also on record as John Munro of Urquhart with wife Agnes Waus or Vass 1572 (Records of Inverness i 216); son Robert vicar of Urquhart and minister of Kiltearn had son Hector (FW 176) and dr Margaret m John of Fyrish Q/13.
    M/4 John of Urquhart d Oct 1597 (Edin Tests), will mentions brother Farquhar; sons Robert and John have not been satisfactorily identified, as former can hardly be min of Abertarff who 'married' Simon Fraser and dowager Lady Lovat 1697 (Mackenzie 347-8); for Robert min of Urquhart see M/3.

    M/5 Hugh of Balconie sometime of Urquhart (Invss Sasines, Retours Ross & Cromarty 183, RMS 13 Jan 1624), son of John and father of Robert.

    M/6 Robert's first wife was Isobel (Invss Sasines) dr of Hector Q/19; dr Isobel m Hugh of Fyrish Q/4.

    M/9 Hugh son of John mor of Balconie M/3 had charter as HM 'in Fyres' of lands of Teaninich from Sir William Keith of Delny 2 Mch 1588/9 (RMS conf. 10 Feb 1688); wife not mentioned in L/101.

    M/10 For Robert's wife Janet see Q/18 & 44.

    M/11 Hugh's second wife not mentioned in L/36-7.

    M/12 Hugh's wife Janet was dr of Andrew Fearn of Pitcalnie (Invss Sasines, Mackenzie 419 for 1665 m contract).

    Father: Hugh Munro , 9th of Foulis
    Mother: Isobel Keith , of Inverugie

    Marriage 1 Isobel Ross , of Balnagowan
    • Married: in 1st wife
    1. Has Children daughter Munro , of Foulis
    2. Has No Children George Munro
    3. Has No Children William Munro

    Marriage 2 of Plaids MacCulloch
      1. Has Children John Munro , 11th of Foulis
      2. Has Children Hugh Munro , of Balcony & 1st of Coul

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