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John Munro

  • Born: Cromartyshire, Scotland 140
  • Marriage: Isabella Bethune on 26 Dec 1817 in Ross & Cromarty Shire, Scotland
  • Died: Cromartyshire, Scotland 140

bullet  General Notes:

Taken from the Journal of Veronica E Sitton

John Munro's age was given as 57 on 31 March 1851, when the Census of scotland was taken. A study of the census records which follow will show that these records were not reliably precise. Consequently, the search for John's parents needs to allow a little leeway on either side of his given age.

The 1981 additions to the Computer File Index of the LDS Vital Records for Scotland have yeilded three possibilities of John's parents, assuming their names were John and Mary:

JOHN MUNRO, son of JOHN MUNRO and MARY BETHUNE, baptized 30 Dec. 1792 at Urquhart, Ross & Cromarty Shire.

JOHN MUNRO, son of JOHN MUNRO and MARY MCDONALD, baptized 10 Feb. 1793 at Alness, Ross & Cromarty Shire.

JOHN MUNRO, son of JOHN MUNRO and MARY MCPHERSON, baptized 11 Nov. 1794 at Tain, Ross & Cromarty Shire.

Our JOHN MUNRO could have been one of the three babies above.

There may have been other JOHN and MARY MUNRO couples, whose records have not yet been seen in Rosskeen Parish. Another possibility is that JOHN was born in another parish not yet searched. We do know that he was living in Saltburn when he married Isabella Bethune. He could have come in there from somewhere else to work.

We know that he lived in Saltburn from 1817 till 1854 at least. We also know that he and his tghree sons were stonemasons, because in parish records as well as in the 1851 census occupations were listedd. During the years when John's children were small there was much building going on in the area of Invergordon and environs where wharves and jetties were being built to develop the fine harbor that has kept growing until, at the end of World War II it was an important nbaval base and Invergordon was rated the best deep-water anchorage in Europe.

From three documents we know that the family was interested in its children having an education. Hugh declared on his Immigration Record that he was able to read and write. John and Isabella's grand-daughter, Catherine Hossack, was listed on the 1851 Census of Scotland as a scholar. In his well, Hugh spelled out that his estate was being left in trust to provide for the "maintenance, education and well-being " of his children.

Hugh Munro declared that he was a member of the Church of Scotland when he migrated to Australia.

The 1851 Census of Scotland listed Hugh and Isabella's home as House No 28 in Saltburn.

The List of Immigrants of the ship, STAMBOUL, which arrived in Sydney Harbour on 31 December 1854, showed another Munro on board with Hugh, he was:

WILLIAM MUNRO, 21, from Alness; parents, Alexander and Catherine; father residing in Alness in 1854; Church of Scotland; could read and write.

Both William and Hugh Munro were in good health, signed up to do farm labour in Australia, had no other relatives in the Colony already, and received 1 pound ($2) each under the Assisted Immigrant Act.

Alness is only 3 or 4 miles from Hugh's home town, and since both towns are in the heart of "Munro Country" it is a safe bet that William was Hugh's cousin, especially, as a William Munro shows up in the N.S.W. Electoral Rolls as living in the Collie area in the 1880's. This is where Hugh's family was.

A search of the LDS Computer File Index of Vital Records for Scotland revealed that;

ALEXANDER MUNRO, married CATHERINE ROSS on 4 July 1823 in Edgerton Parish, Ross & Cromarty Shire.

CATHERINE MUNRO, daughter of ALEXANDER MUNRO and CATHERINE ROSS was baptized 29 Dec. 1826 in Alness Parish, Ross & Cromarty Shire.

ALEXANDER MUNRO, son of ALEXANDER MUNRO and CATHERINE ROSS was baptized 10 Oct. 1829 in Alness Parish, Ross & Cromarty Shire.

WILLIAM MUNRO*, son of ALEXANDER MUNRO and CATHERINE ROSS was baptized 27 May 1832 in Rosskeen Parish, Ross & Cromarty Shire.

JOHN MUNRO (stonemason)......Ross & Cromarty Shire, Scotland

b. 1793 or 1794, according to information in the 1851 census.

d. His son, Hugh's, immigration record shows that he declared his father
to be living in Saltburn in 1854. .

m. 26 December 1817 In Rosskeen Parish, Ross & Cromarty Shire, and again on 2 January 1818 in Achnahuach, Kincardine Parish, Ross & Cromarty Shire, the home of his bride.

ISABEL (ISABELLA, ISOBEL) BETHUNE (BEATON) OF Achnahuach, Kincardine Parish.

ISABELLA may have died after the Census was taken 31 March 1851 and before Hugh made his immigration declaration in the last half of 1854.


(All born in Saltburn, Ross & Cromarty Shire, Scotland: records in Rosskeen Parish)

Catherine b 21 October 1818
John b 4 March 1821
Angus b 7 July 1823
Mary b 2 October 1825
Isabel b 7 July 1828
Hugh b 17 October 1831

If John and Isabella followed a traditional Scottish system of naming their children and it appears likely that they did since the third daughter was named after her mother: John and Mary would have been the names of John Munro's parents, and Angus and Catherine would have been Isabella's parents names.

Another possibility is that the reverse was the case. Unfortunately, all four names are common for generations in both the Munro and the Bethune families. The records though, have so many John Munros and Angus Bethunes, and the reverse was so rare, that it seems likely that the grandparents were John and Mary Munro and Angus and Catherine Bethune.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Stonemason.


John married Isabella Bethune on 26 Dec 1817 in Ross & Cromarty Shire, Scotland. (Isabella Bethune was born in 1797 in Rosskean, Scotland 140.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Reference Number:1670

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