NameThomas MUNRO75,23
Birthbef 1370
Birth Memofather died 1369
FatherRobert MUNRO (-1369)
Notes for Thomas MUNRO
2. Thomas, who, according to the MS of 1716, married the heiress of Duncrub, county of Perth. The same authority says that Alexander, Earl of Ross, married Lady Isabella Stewart, daughter of the Duke of Albany, with issue .... an only daughter. In 1402, shortly after the birth of this daughter, the Earl died at his castle, near Dingwall. The Duke took his granddaughter under his own immediate care, and to manage the affairs of the Earldom, he sent to Ross a man whom he appointed Governor of Dingwall Castle and Chamberlain of Ross. One day, Thomas Munro met the Governor, who was popularly known as "The Black Captain" where the village of Maryburgh now stands. After some conversation, threatening words were exchanged, which ended in the drawing of dirks, and a duel ensued in which Thomas killed the Captain. Fearing that his life would in consequence be forfeited, he fled and took refuge "amongst his mother's kindred at Corstorphine" and to prevent discovery, he changed his surname from Munro to Roach "which being an Irish (Gaelic) word, signifies Munro as well as Bunro". This Thomas married the Heretrix of Dunscrubb as aforesaid. "The south countrie accend corrupting the word "Roach", corrupted it "Rogues" as well as Rollocks or Rolls. The successors of the said Thomas, Laird of Dunscrubb, and the Lairds of Fowlis keeped constantly intire correspondence and friendship". This tradition differs from the account of the origin of the family of the Rolls of Duncrub given by Peerage writers, who say that John Rolls was the head of the house at that time. His successor, Duncan, died before October, 1437, and is said to have been succeeded by his son, Robert. But Robert may have been a grandson, not a son, of Duncan, the son of his daughter and heiress by Thomas Munro.
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