John Munro (1578 - 1633) MP

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Birthplace: Assynt, Sutherland, , Scotland
Death: Died in Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
Occupation: 2nd of Obsdale
Managed by: Peter Norman McGavin
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About John Munro

Biographical Summary

"II. John Munro, who has a renunciation in his favour by Thomas Ross of Balnanclearach, and his spouse, Janet Ross, dated the 24th of May, 1624, of the lands of Inchedoune. Like his younger and more distinguished brother General Robert, he also adopted the profession of arms, and served on the Continent under the great Gustavus Adolphus...

...He married Catherine, daughter of John Gordon of Embo, with issue —

  • John, his heir and successor.
  • Robert, who succeeded his brother John.
  • George, I. of Newmore and Culrain, whose male representative succeeded as head of the House of Fowlis, and Chief of the Clan in 1848.
  • Andrew, of Daan, parish of Edderton, a Lieutenant in the army. He was killed, unmarried, by the English in 1641, in a skirmish which occurred near Berwick.
  • Alexander, who also entered the army, and was in 1651 Lieutenant-Colonel of Dumbarton's regiment, with which he served for several years in France, where he finally settled, and having paid his addresses, with the view of marriage, to a French lady of rank, it became necessary for him, before her family would consent to the alliance, to prove that he was of gentle birth... Sir Alexander married Rachel Rolliack, a French lady of noble birth, with issue, among others — a son Alexander, whose descendants reside in France. He died in Ireland in 1682.
  • David, who also adopted a military career. He was a Major, in the army of Charles I., and married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Gray of Arboll, with issue — a son John, and a daughter Rebecca, both of whom appear to have died unmarried in early life.
  • Janet, who married John Ross, V. of Little Tarrel. In 1649 her husband was a member of the Commission of War, and in 1650 is described as Captain John Ross. By him she had issue, among others — a son Alexander Ross, who succeeded his father, and is named fifth in the entail of Balnagowan executed in 1685. There is dated the 15th of February, 1641, a "sasine on charter by Hugh Ross of Little Tarrel in favour of John Ross, his eldest lawful son, and Janet Munro, lawful sister to Robert Munro of Obsdaill, future spouse to the said John Ross, of the lands of Little Tarrel."
  • Christian, who married, first, Captain James MacCulloch, III. of Kindeace, and XI. of Plaids (marriage contract 1651), without issue. On the 24th of March, 1651, there is a "sasine to Christane Munro, lawful daughter to the deceased Colonel John Munro of Obdsdaill, in part of the lands of Kindeis Wester." She married, secondly, as his second wife, David Ross, III, of Pitcalnie, with issue — a son, Alexander, who succeeded as IV. of Pitcalnie ; and a daughter, Isabella, who married James, eldest son of Angus MacCulloch of Pitnellie, with issue. On the 29th of September, 1682, there is a " sasine on contract of marriage between Sir Hugh MacCulloch of Piltoune, and Mr James MacCulloch, eldest lawful son to Angus MacCulloch of Pitnellie (brother of Sir Hugh), his nephew, on the one part, and Isabella Ross, only lawful daughter to the deceased David Ross of Pitcalnie, procreate betwixt him and Christian Munro, his second spouse." Christian Munro married, thirdly, John Munro, V. of Fyrish, with issue — a daughter, Catherine.

Colonel John Munro, who, as already stated, was killed in 1633, was succeeded by his eldest son."

SOURCE: History of the Munros of Fowlis: with genealogies of the principal families of the name to which are added those of Lexington and New England; Alexander Mackenzie; 1898; page 169-175