Colonel Robert Munro of Foulis
(died April 1633), also known as the Black Baron
, was traditionally the 18th Baron
. He was a soldier of fortune, who served in Germany under the banners of Gustavus Adolphus
, king of Sweden. It is not certain how he got his epithet of the 'Black Baron', but quite possibly it was from the colour of his hair rather than any perceived martial ferocity. Although this Robert Munro is traditionally 18th Baron and 21st overall chief of the Clan Munro
, he is only the 11th Munro chief that can be proved by contemporary evidence.
Robert Munro, 18th Baron of Foulis is often confused with his more famous cousin, Robert Monro
of the Munro of Obsdale branch of the same clan who died sometime around 1675/1680, and also served in the Swedish army in this period, writing a famous history on his exploits. This is perhaps forgivable, since during the Thirty Years' War
of 1618–1648, there were as many as 27 field officers and 11 captains with the name of 'Munro' in the Swedish army.
Youth in Scotland
While still very young, in 1603, Robert became the 18th Baron
, after the death of his father Hector Munro, 17th Baron of Foulis
. Being a minor, he was by dispensation and special warrant from James VI of Scotland
, dated 8 January 1608, served heir male and provision to his father, all of the lands of... Read More