Robert Monro

Robert Monro

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Robert Monro of the Munro of Obsdale family (died 1680), was a famous Scottish General, from the Clan Munro of Ross-shire. He was a grandson of chief Robert Mor Munro, 15th Baron of Foulis, through his third son George Munro, 1st of Obsdale. However Robert's older brother John Munro retained the title as 2nd of Obsdale. Robert Monro was seated at Contullich Castle. He was the author of a diary recounting his military experiences, published as Monro, His Expedition With the Worthy Scots Regiment Called Mac-Keys. It is one of the first military histories ever published, certainly the first in the English language.

Thirty Years War

Early Skirmishes

Sir Robert Monro's first notable military service was during the Thirty Years' War where he fought in the Swedish army, under Gustavus Adolphus, along with 700 other members of the Clan Muno, including his cousin, Robert Munro, 18th Baron of Foulis and his nephew, George Munro, 1st of Newmore. Together they made up part of the "MacKay Highlanders Regiment". On the 10th July 1627, a division of the regiment was sent to join their comrades, then stationed at a fortification in Boitzenberg, near Hamburg, where Captain Monro had his first brush with the enemy. The Scots after a desperate struggle gained a victory over an overwhelming force of their assailants, though they themselves also had to retire, carrying with them their guns and ammunition.

Robert Monro next comes into notice at a severe engagement at the Pass in...
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