Friday, August 3, 2007


Unlike many others I do not really have brick walls but rather blanks in what I know about Donald MUNRO & his wife Georgina. My current one is the question of what Donald was doing between 1831 and 1836. During these years Donald was in the parish of Eddrachillis where his son James was born at Glen Dubh (1832) while my Great Great Grandmother Johan (1833) is recorded as being born/baptised at Kylestrome.

I have a note from Malcolm Bangor-Jones of a Donald Munro being the tenant of a house and garden at Kylesku in Assynt, of the ferry of Kylestrome, and of lands of Island Rannich in parish of Eddrachillis. He was summoned to remove in 1835.

Now I have a copy of Donald's petition for a place at Armadale, Farr, in 1835 and Donald and his family appear at Armadale in 1836. In light of Donald's subsequent career in Australia - Shire waterseller from the Prahran Shire pump on the Yarra and Pound Keeper - I am intrigued by this Donald Munro as it is the type of reference that would be very useful in gaining the two positions in Victoria. The dates and place fits and I hope it is my Donald but I have been unable to confirm the information.

Georgina Mackay is one of my ancestors from Sutherland that appears slowly from the mist of time. What I do know can be found below. Unfortunately there is little information about Georgina, even her date of birth is in doubt. Her death Registration and notices in the Argus and age in 1889 gives her age as 91 in which case her birth year is 1798. However, her entry in the International Genealogical Index, gives a date of 1806.
Her parent's names are known, however, as John MacKay and Catherine (Ketty) MacKenzie and that she was Donald Munro's cousin. In 1826, Donald Munro married Georgina Ann Scobie Mackay, his cousin, at Braetongue, which is a hamlet just outside of Tongue, and here their first two children, John and Jane are born.
In January 1832, Donald and Georgina were in the area around Kylestrome, Eddrachillis, were he was probably a tenant farmer at Glen Dubh. Here James was born in January 1832 and then Johan in September 1833.
What ever Georgina's date of birth we know more about her death in Australia. The house where she died in Lygon Street, was owned by her daughter, Jane Scobie Munro, the widow of Andrew Sharp Jack, and is the centre of a terrace in what is now one of the better areas of Melbourne. It was probably an above average dwelling in the 1880s. A far cry from the crofters house of Sutherland.
The 'ARGUS' Friday January 4 1889 MUNRO – On the 3rd inst., at the residence of her daughter, Mrs.Andrew Jack, of Sunnyside, Lygon-street, North Carlton, Georgina A. S.M., relict of the late Donald Munro, late of Armadale,Sutherlandshire, Scotland, aged 91 years.. . . . . .
Did Georgina have any brothers and sisters? When was she born? Was it on her mother or father's side that she was a cousin to Donald Munro - Donald's mother was Barbara MacKay. Was she born in the parish of Farr or Tongue. Where did she go to school - her entry record on her arrival at Geelong. in 1854, with her family on the "Hornet" states she could read and write.The S in her name is it Scobie or Sutherland, at the moment I assume it is Scobie as this is what is used in Burke's Colonial Gentry in the entry for her son James Munro. Crikey! I don't want much do I. Any crumb will do.
Bill Bell
Brunswick, Victoria, Australia