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"The Munros of Lochfyneside" by Duncan M. Beaton (JA note - Illustrates that there are particular documents in existence that I had only dreamed of.)

Munro's part of Inveraray area from very early 1700's - "first Munro associated with first Duke - protected him" Records and Traditions of Inveraray : Lord Archibald Campbell -

Here's a wee tastie..

Of the Munros of Lochfyneside, especially Inveraray, one tradition relates to survivors of Flodden settling in the area in 1513. Another tradition, held by some families lower down Loch Fyne, mentions a young woman who had followed her soldier husband or sweetheart and had given birth to twin sons in the neighbourhood of Inveraray. Yet another traces their origin to a troop of Ross-shire soldiers of fortune who had fought in the European Wars of Protestant Succession and, on meeting with a contingent of Campbells, had accompanied them to Argyll and settled there. They called themselves McNoravich or McNorevick, and this surname is an interesting on. Black's "Surnames of Scotland" states that the origin is "Mac-an-Foirbheach", son of the Church Elder. A more interesting translation would be "Mac-na-Oirbhach" or "Mac-n'oirbhach", using the Old Gaelic word "oirbhach", a favored person, noble or gracious person, a doer of good deeds."1

The information from Inveraray was that the Munro's were "imported" by the Duke of Argyll from the North.
It is possible that all the versions have some truth. It may be that some early families came in, and when the Duke was looking for fresh families he looked to these people and their connections further north. It will be interesting to work with the Munro historians to see what their understanding is, and how we can help each other.
The area was controlled by the Dukes of Atholl.. brought Munro's, MacNaughtons,

Munro's started at Stuckguy -

gaelic for Munro is Rothach, Roich, or Mac an Rothaich, may mean Ro - Man or Man from Ro, and supports the traditional origin of the clan in the River Roe area in Ireland
Spelling differences : Monro - Monroe - Munro
The first chief of Clan Munro - Robert de Munro, the 8th Baron of Foulis, died in 1369
Foulis Castle, Evanton, Ross-shire, Scotland IV16 9UX

Descendants of Duncan Munro early 1700's - to Stoner and Cally Stoner
Descendants of Martin Munro mid 1700's

A local understanding was that the 3rd Duke of Argyll had "imported" the Munro's into the area from the north in some sort of deal with "Lord Thurso?"
When had they arrived ? - where they here because of the building of the Castle which started in 1746? or did they come earlier ?
How many families were brought down?
Stone masonery seems to be prevelant in the families
The research we are now bringing together illustrates that there were certainly ALREADY Munro's in the area, albeit not many, going back into at least the mid and maybe early 1600's.

Our main records of Munro's AT Auchindrain start with the Families that were recorded in the Duke of Argyll Census 1779
This is the first time they are recorded at the Township together. 

Archibald Monro tenant 48
Catharine McKellar his wife 46
Nanny Monro 17
Alexr. Monro 16
Peggy Monro 13
Janet Monro 8
Duncan Monro 5
Children born in Dalhenna,
except Duncan who was born at Glenshira
went on to where ?
Malcolm Monro 39
Nelly Bell his wife 32
Duncan Monro 11
Donald Monro 7
Archibald Monro 6
John Monro 3
Mary Monro 2
Children born in Sallachry and Strone, Glenaray Is this John the Grandfather to Neil Munro.. author ? YES Mother was actually called Lilly - census taker mistake?)
Martin Monro tenant 40
Janet McViccar his wife 42
Archd. Monro 12
Malcolm Monro 8
Peter Monro 7
John Monro 6
Duncan Monro 3
Mary Monro 11
Peggy Monro 4 ½
Nanny Monro 1
First child born in Killean, the rest in Auchindrain
This is confirmed by the interview of Eddie McCallum by Eric Creegan, in 1968.
Eddie McCallum describes one of the Munro families as coming from Killean
The Killean Munro is also described as having fought at Culloden, and surviving, returning the following day -16th April 1746.
According to google maps this is about 150 miles, whether down the Great Glen, or through Breadalbane. (A82 or A9 in current terms). And in Google map terms this should take 1 day and 23 hours…. map link here
The Duke of Argyll's men at Culloden were formed as part of Loudens Highlanders
As the Loudouns remained a company for a couple of years afterwards, going to Flanders, this story suggests that the Munro fled the field and left the army, maybe without permission??

Eddie describes there having been a sword known about at Killean, which was the one Munro brought back from Culloden.
Eddie was not sure of which side he fought on - most likely that of Cumberland, with the Duke !
Young Malcolm married Jane Sinclair - this line remained at the township until the first part of the 1900's

Need to check on the names of the fencible men of Killean in the 1700's to identify any likely Munro families to connect with.


John Monro tenant 32
Mary McArthur his wife 28
Peter Monro their son 2
Peter was born in Glenaray
Duncan Monro 55

john-munro-1828 ~ Duncan Munro 1857-1937 Stoner ~ ~ martin munro 1857-1928

Malcolm Munro -1908

John Munro ~ Mary McAlpine
Duncan Munro 1857-1937 Stoner ~ Isabella Crawford 1870-1928

flora-and-morag-munro ~

Andrew Weir 1919 -

flora mclachlan - Duncan Neil Munro descendant

other emails mcnicol-munro-dynasty-notes

There are most likely 2 unrelated families Munro living at ACHDN during the 1800's