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Monro or Munro, Robertlocked

(d 1680?)


Monro or Munro, Robert(d 1680?), general, was of the family of Foulis Castle in Ross-shire, and followed his cousin, Robert Monro of Foulis, the ‘Black Baron’ [q.v.], the then head of the house, to the continental war. Thither also went his nephew, Sir George Monro [q.v.]. The nature of his service there may be gathered from the title-page of the narrative which he published in London in 1637: ‘Expedition with the worthy Scots Regiment called Mackey's Regiment, levied in August 1626 … for His Majesty's service of Denmark and reduced after the Battle of Nerling [Nordlingen] to one company in September 1634 at Worms … afterwards under the invincible King of Sweden … and since under the Director-general, the Rex-chancellor Oxenstiern and his Generals.’ Munro served thus for seven years, beginning as lieutenant and ending as colonel. His first service was in Holstein, in 1627, and he notices that ‘the Danish king was of absolute authority in his kingdom, as all Christian kings ought to be.’ Denmark made a separate peace in 1627, and Munro, with his fourteen hundred Scottish comrades, transferred his allegiance to Gustavus Adolphus, whom, like Dugald Dalgetty, he is fond of calling ‘the lion of the North.’ In the Swedish king's service there were at one time, it is said, not less than three generals, eight colonels, five lieutenant-colonels, eleven majors, and above thirty captains, all of the name of Munro, besides a great number of subalterns (cf. ...

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