Munro, Innes (DNB00)

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MUNRO, INNES (d. 1827) of Poyntzfield, Cromarty, N.B., lieutenant-colonel and author, was related to Sir Hector Munro of Novar [q. v.] He was appointed on 29 Dec. 1777 to a lieutenancy in the 73rd, afterwards 71st, highlanders, then raised by Lord Macleod [see Mackenzie, John, Lord Macleod]. As lieutenant and captain in the first battalion of that regiment he made the campaigns of 1780-4 against Hyder Ali, which he afterwards described, and at the close was placed on half-pay as a captain of the disbanded second battalion of the regiment. On 8 July 1793 he was brought on full pay as captain in the Scottish brigade (disbanded as the 94th foot in 1818). He belonged to that regiment until 1808, when he left the army as major and brevet lieutenant-colonel. He had served for many years as paymaster of a recruiting district. Munro, who had married Ann, daughter of George Gordon, minister of Clyne, died at Poyntzfield in 1827. He published ‘A Narrative of the Military Operations in the Carnatic in 1780-4,’ London, 1789, 4to, and ‘A System of Farm Bookkeeping based on Actual Practice,’ Edinburgh, 1821. Donaldson says of the latter: ‘It is the most complex idea that has ever been published. It may amuse the gentleman, but would never suit the farmer’ (Agricultural Biog. p. 113).

[Army Lists; Donaldson's Agricultural Biog.; Munro's Works.]

H. M. C.