The surname of MUNRO was derived from the Gaelic Rothac - the man from Ro. According to tradition, the ancestors of the Munro's came from Ireland, from the foot of the river Roe in County Derry. The family at first were vassalls of the earls of Ross. It is claimed that the first Munro of Foulis was Hugh, who died in 1126. Robert de Monri, had a charter from Robert 1 of Counetis in Strathspey of the lands of Cupermakcultis. Robert de Monro is the first assured chief by charter evidence, 1341-72. In the 14th and 15th centuries the name appears several times in record as 'de Monro' showing that it was a local or territorial name in origin. Later instances of the name mention John de Munro, who witnessed a charter of the lands of Usuy in the earldom of Ross in 1463. James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, promoter of the Monroe doctrine (1823) was fifth in descent from Andrew Monroe (who died in 1668), one of the Scots prisoners taken at the battle of Preston in 1648, and shipped to the colonies. The burghs of Scotland owe much of their prosperity to the large immigration of foreigners which went on during the 12th and 13th centuries. The original founders of the towns, were in many cases wanderers from Flanders, who brought with them their habits of industry and knowledge of trade and manufacture. Settlers of this description came in great numbers to England in the reign of Henry I (1100-1135) and when Henry II (1154-1189) drove all foreigners out of his dominions they flocked into Scotland, where a more enlightened policy made them welcome. The associated arms are recorded in Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
Plant Badge - Common club moss
War Cry - Castle Foulis in Flames
Pipe Music - Bealach na Broig
The eagle depicted in the crest is emblematical of fortitude and magnanimity of mind. The Romans used the figure of an eagle for their ensign, and their example has been often followed. It is the device of Russia, Austria, Germany and the United States of America.
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