- This article is about the general and colonial governor. For the solicitor and clerk to Lanarkshire County Council, see Thomas Munro . For the American philosopher of art, see Thomas Munro .
Major-General Sir Thomas Munro, 1st Baronet KCB
(27 May 1761 – 6 July 1827) was a Scottish
soldier and colonial administrator. He was an East India Company
Army officer and statesman.
Munro was born in Glasgow to a merchant
called Alexander Munro. Thomas' grandfather was a tailor
, who prospered by successful investments
in American tobacco
. After working as a bank clerk
, Alexander Munro joined the family's prosperous tobacco business, but was ruined by the collapse of the tobacco trade during the American Revolutionary War
. Thomas was also a direct descendant of George Munro, 10th Baron of Foulis
(d.1452), chief of the Highland Clan Munro
Education and sport
Thomas was educated at the University of Glasgow
. While at school, Thomas was distinguished for a singular openness of temper, a mild and generous disposition, with great personal courage and presence of mind. Being naturally of a robust frame of body, he surpassed all his school-fellows in athletic exercises, and was particularly eminent as a boxer. He was at first intended to enter his father's business, but in 1789 was appointed to an infantry cadetship in... Read More