Joseph MUNRO

Joseph MUNRO

Male Abt 1714 - 1785

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  • Name  Joseph MUNRO 
    Born  Abt 1714  Of, Edderton, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  16 Mar 1785  Edderton, , Ross and Cromarty, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I12195  Munro
    Last Modified  1 Apr 2019 

    Father  Robert MUNRO,   b. Est 1675, Of, Kincardine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1741 
    Mother  Janet PIRRIE,   b. Est 1689,   d. 5 Jan 1771 
    Family ID  F4419  Group Sheet

    Family  Barbara ROSS,   b. Abt 1718,   d. 17 Aug 1789 
    Married  20 Nov 1746 
    >1. Barbara MUNRO,   b. Abt 1747,   d. 7 Mar 1835
     2. Janet MUNRO,   b. Est 1749,   d. 7 Mar 1846
    Last Modified  26 Jul 2010 
    Family ID  F10049  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Joseph studied for the ministry, at the University of St. Andrews, where he had a bursary of divinity from the Exchequer on the 12 Jul 1734. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Haddington on 5 Mar 1739, and received a presentation to the parish of Edderton from George, Earl of Cromarty, on 2 Jun 1741, which he accepted. But on the day appointed for moderating in the call, the Presbytery found that while the heritors were unanimous in his favor, all the elders and some of the heads of families desired to have the Rev. Gilbert Robertson appointed as their minister, and they petitioned the Presbytery accordingly. The Presbytery referred the case simpliciter to the Synod of Ross, who at a meeting held on the 13 Apr 1742, sustained the call to Mr Munro, and he was admitted to Edderton on 16 Sep 1742.

      His was the first case in which the patron exercised his right of presentation to the parish since the Revolution, and at this period the Presbytery seemed to have proceeded more on the lines demanded by the people than on the presentation. Ever since, however, down to the abolition of patronage, presentations were issued by the Mackenzies of Cromarty, "undoubted patrons of the parish of Edderton."

      The Rev. Joseph Munro had a new church built for him in 1743, the same building, was repaired in 1881, and was later occupied by the Free Church congregation of Edderton.

      He retired from the ministry because of ill health, and died at the manse of his son-in-law at Edderton.

      He and his wife, Barbara, had eight children.

      He is said to have been "a man of fine preaching talents, but whose reserved manners and secluded habits were not calculated to gain upon the rough frank Highlander."


      (1) "The Munro Tree (1734)" by R. W. Munro - Edinburgh (1978) - P/3

      (2) "History of the Munros of Fowlis" by A. Mackenzie - Inverness (1898) - p.
      38-39, 499


      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Genealogist, Clan Munro Association, USA