George William Holmes Ross (1825 - 1883) MP

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"VI. George William Holmes Rose Ross of Cromarty, who entered the army as Ensign in the 92nd Highlanders on the 2ist of April, 1846; became Lieutenant on the 23rd of June, 1848; and retired in 1851. On the 3rd of November, 1854, he was gazetted Captain in the Highland Rifle Militia Regiment of Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland and Caithness, now known as the 3rd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders ; Major on the 26th of November, 1855 ; and Lieutenant-Colonel, with the honorary rank of Colonel, on the 19th of January, 1856. After the death of Colonel the Hon. James Sinclair, he was appointed Colonel-Commandant of the regiment, on the 11th of February immediately following.

Colonel Ross who always held the opinion that the Highland dress would best suit the regiment, applied to the Secretary of State to get it so equipped, and his request was granted in a letter dated the 28th of November, 1860. On his suggestion the Secretary of State also introduced a new system of preliminary drill for recruits and authorised officers of Militia on appointment to be instructed for one month at the headquarters of their corps. This did away with the necessity of calling out the regiment for training in separate divisions.

He was Convener of the county of Cromarty, a D.L. and J.P. ' He married on the 20th of April, 1849, Adelaide Lucy, second daughter of the late Duncan Davidson of Tulloch, with issue —

  • Duncan Munro, his heir and successor.
  • Hugh Rose, born on the 31st of May, 1854, and entered the army in early life as a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. On the outbreak, in 1878, of the war with Afghanistan, Lieutenant Ross volunteered to join any field battery going to the front. He was at once posted to G Battery, 4th Brigade, forming part of General Sir Donald Stewart's army. He was attacked by dysentery at Quettah, and did not report his illness, but marched with his battery, doing duty to the last. When the forces reached Pishni Valley his illness increased to such an extent that he was unable to proceed further. Here he died, in camp, unmarried, on the 12th of January, 1879.
  • Walter Charteris, who succeeded his brother Duncan.
  • Catherine Elizabeth Julia, who, in 1874 married Colonel Francis Maude Reid, now commanding his regiment, 71st Light Infantry, without issue.
  • Louisa Jane Hamilton, who, on the 1st of October, 1875, married Sir Ronald Archibald Bosville, sixth Lord Macdonald of Sleat, with issue.
  • Ida Eleanora Constance, who on the 15th of June, 1881, married the Hon, Godfrey Ernest Willoughby, second son of the late Lord Middleton, brother and heir-presumptive to the present peer, with issue.
  • Matilda Elizabeth, who died in infancy.

He died at Cromarty House on the 19th of November, 1883, when he 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 166

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