Neil Munro 1863 - 1930

Mother: Anne Munro 1829-1906
Image linked from Neil Munro society website1


Born: 3 Jun 1863, Crombie's Land


(Twin Sister) Munro b. 3 Jun 1863, Crombie's Land

Married: Jessie Ewing Adam

Effie Fortune Munro 1890 born Busby, Renfrewshire
Hugh Adam Munro 1893 - 1915 Busby, Renfrewshire,
Lilian McArthur Munro 1896 born Busby, Renfrewshire
Jessie Moira Munro 1898 born Busby, Renfrewshire
Neil Munro 1900 born Busby, Renfrewshire

Neil Munro - the Biography was written by his grandaughter Lesley Lendrum.

notes from website2
soon after his birth Neil and his mother moved in with his grandmother Anne McArthur Munro who lived in a one-roomed house in McVicar's Land (now known as Arkland II)
His grandmother hailed from Bailemeanoch on Loch Aweside and she brought up Neil's mother in Glen Aray in the landward part of Inveraray parish on a farm called Ladyfield. Both were native speakers of Gaelic and it is from them that the young Neil received his knowledge of the old language and culture. Indeed, he spent much of his childhood in Glen Aray and it was to become the setting for many of the tales in his The Lost Pibroch and Other Sheiling Stories.
It seems likely also that Neil lived for some of his life in accommodation in Inveraray Jail. His mother appears to have been employed there and in 1875 she married Malcolm Thomson, the governor, after he had retired.3

He went to the parish school in Inveraray under the tutelage of the scholarly Henry Dunn Smith with some periods spent at the little school in Glen Aray where the teacher John McArthur taught the Bible in Gaelic.
He left school in 1877.4

Worked as a clerk in the office of William Douglas, lawyer who was to become the model for Dan Dyce in the novel The Daft Days (1907).
Self taught shorthand and some Latin.5

1st June 1881, moved to Glasgow. (nearly 18 yo)6
Worked as cashier in a firm of ironmongers
Became journalist : reporter on The Greenock Advertiser, The Glasgow News, the Falkirk Herald, and finally the Glasgow Evening News where he was made chief reporter under editor James Murray Smith at the age of only 23.7
started to write books - check out the Neil Munro Society website for full details :
Inveraray and the people of the area were deeply inspiring for Neil throughout his life.

Author :

1908 he was honoured with an LLD from the University of Glasgow
1909 he was awarded of the Freedom of Inveraray
WW1 - war journalist and visited the Front 4 times . and tragically lost his son Hugh at Loos8

Ark Land (McVicar's Land)

Agness Mcarthur Munro 66 Formerly Crofter, born Dalavich, Argyllshire
Agnes Munro 38 domestic servant, Inveraray, daughter
Neil Munro 7 scholar, Inveraray, grandson

Parish: Inveraray; ED: 1A; Page: 22; Line: 10 513/1A/134

Crombies Land, Inveraray

Bell McArthur 77 (Formerly) Field Worker, Born Kilchrenan, Argyll
Lilly McDougall 44 Daughter, Laundress, born Inveraray
Neil Munro 18 grand nephew, Law Clerk (Apprentice), born Inveraray

Parish: Inveraray; ED: 1; Page: 11; Line: 5; 513/1/42/9

250 New City Rd, Kelvin, Glasgow St George,

Neil Munro 24, Journalist, born Inveraray
Jessie A Munro 27, born Glasgow
Effie F Munro 1, born Glasgow
Hugh Adam 41 brother in law, clerk, born Bonhill, Dumbartonshire
Bernard Lynas 49 lodger, Sewing Machine Agent, born Ireland

Parish: Glasgow St George; ED: 119; Page: 21; Line: 1 - 644/9-119/128

Waterfoot House, Mearns, Renfrewshire

Neil Munro 38 Author , born Inveraray, Argyll
Jessie Munro 38, born Belgrave, Glasgow
Effie Fostune Munro 11 (incorrect transcription - need to find out what this is) Busby, Renfrewshire
Hugh Adam Munro 8, born Busby, Renfrewshire,
Lilian McArthur Munro 5 born Busby, Renfrewshire
Jessie Moira Munro 3
Neil Munro 6 Month
Maggie Mcnevin 21 Cook Domestic - born Kelvin, Glasgow
Nelina Mary Macgrigor 18 Nurse (domestic), born Argyllshire

Parish: Mearns; ED: 2; Page: 22; Line: 4; (571/1 - Busby)10