MUNRO of Foulis has always been the title of the Chief of Clan Munro. The first assured Chief by Charter is Robert de Munro (1341-72). Robert Munro (16th) was succeeded by his brother, Hector, who had two sons and a daughter. The eldest, Sir Robert, his successor, called the Black Baron, was Colonel of two Dutch regiments. He died, leaving no male issue, so the estate devolved upon his brother, Hector, who was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia in 1634. He married Mary, daughter of Hugh Mackay of Farre. On his death he was succeeded by his only son. Sir Hector, who died without issue, so the title went to his cousin, Robert, 3rd Baronet. He married his cousin (a sister of Sir Hector), by whom he had seven sons. The eldest and his son held the title in turn, the latter being appointed High Sheriff of Ross in 1725. Among the distinguished members of this clan were those who shed lustre on the School of Anatomy in EdinburghAle.xander the first, Alexander the second, and Alexander the third, son of the second. There was also Donald Munro, M.D., an eminent medical writer. We must also mention Sir Hector Munro, K.C.B., Colonel of the Black Watch, who died at Novar, Ross-shire, in 1805. On the death of Sir Hector Munro of Foulis, 11th Baronet, the duthus and chiefship passed to his daughter, and were in due course passed on to her son as Laird of Foulis and Chief of Clan Munro.
THE Gordons had their origin in the Lowlands. The Scottish Gordons are descended from Sir Adam Gordon, the friend of Wallace, and to whom Bruce granted the lands of Huntly or Strathbogie. He fell at Halidon Hill in 1333. Alexander, 3rd Earl of Huntly, fought at Flodden. George, 6th Earl, was created a Marquis in 1599. George, 4th Marquis, was made Duke of Gordon in 1684. The Dukedom lapsed in 1836, and the Marquisate went to the Earl of Aboyne. The Earls of Aberdeen are descended from Patrick Gordon of Methlic, who fell in battle at Arbroath in 1445. Ten Baronetcies pertain to this clan: Gordonstoun, Cluny, Lismore, Lochinvar, Park, Dalpholly, Earlstoun, Embo, Halkin, Niton. Two regiments have been raised from it. The 92nd, or Gordon Highlanders, raised in 1794, and the old 75th and 92nd linked together, are now the Gordon Highlanders. The Marquis of Huntly is chief of the Gordon clan.
THE Fergusons are Celtic. They were long settled in Argyll, where the chiefs of Clann Fhearghuis of Stra-chur were Hereditary Maers of Glenshellich. Ferguson of Dunfallandy has long been Chief of the Fergusons in Atholl. Two of the clan, sons of the Laird of Badyfarow, near Inverury, figured prominently. “Robert the Plotter,” concerned in the Ryehouse Plot, escaped detection and died in 1714. James, a Major-General, served under Marlborough at Blenheim. The Fergusons, Baronets of Kilkerran, have held lands in Ayrshire since the reign of Charles I. Sir James Ferguson, 6th Baronet, a distinguished statesman, was killed in the Jamaica earthquake 1906. Adam Ferguson, historian and moral philosopher; Robert Ferguson,’the poet’; and Sir William Ferguson, F.R.S., were illustrious members of the clan. “Annie Laurie,” heroine of the song, was wife of Ferguson of Craigdarroch. Brigadier-General Ferguson commanded the Highland Brigade at the capture of the Cape of Good Hope.