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MUNRO, Henry, clergyman, born in Inverness, Scotland, in 1730; died in Edinburgh, 30 May, 1801. He was graduated at the University of St. Andrews, studied divinity at Edinburgh university, and in 1757 was ordained, and appointed chaplain to the 77th Highlanders, which he accompanied in General John Forbes's expedition to Fort Duquesne He was also at the capture of Crown Point, Ticonderoga, and Montreal in 1760, and preached a thanksgiving sermon to the victorious army on the hill behind the last-named city. He afterward served in the West Indies, but returned to this country in 1762 and settled in Princeton, N. J He then took orders in the Church of England, and in the year 1765 became missionary at Yonkers, where Colonel Frederick Philipse had built a church. In 1768 he became rector of St. Peter's Albany, and also acted, at Sir William Johnson's request, as missionary to the Mohawk Indians, whose language he spoke and whom he frequently visited. As an officer in the old French war, he acquired 2,000 acres of bounty land in Washington county, New York, and attempted to settle it, but the Revolution interfered, and it was subsequently sold by his son. Mr. Munro's church was closed by the Albany committee of safety in 1777, and he was imprisoned, but escaped to the British lines, and returned to Great Britain in 1778. In 1782 the University of St. Andrews gave him the degree of D.D. He married in 1762 Miss Stockton, of New Jersey, and, after her death, married, in 1766, Eve, only daughter of Peter Jay, who, with their son, remained in this country after Mr. Munro's flight to England.--Their only child, Peter Jay, jurist, born in Rye, New York, 10 January, 1767; died in Mamaroneck, New York, 23 September, 1833, was educated in New York, under the direction of his uncle, John Jay, until his thirteenth year, when he accompanied the latter to Europe on his appointment by congress to the mission to Spain, landing at Cadiz in November, 1779. Mr. Jay remained in Spain, although not formally received as minister, until 1782, residing at Madrid. During this time Mr. Munro's education was carried on under Spanish masters, and he became thoroughly versed in Spanish and French. In June, 1782. Mr. Jay left Spain with his family and went to Paris. During the peace negotiations, as well as after his trouble with Carmichael and Brockholst Livingston, his official secretaries, Mr. Jay committed many matters to his nephew in a similar capacity. Mr. Munro returned to New York with Mr. Jay on 24 July, 1784. He began at once the study of the law, and after a brief period was placed as a student in the office of Aaron Burr, whom Mr. Jay deemed the best practitioner of the day, and in due time was admitted to the bar. He soon acquired a lucrative practice, and from 1800 till 1826, when his health gave way, was one of the chief lawyers of New York. In 1821, with his cousin, Peter A. Jay, and Jonathan Ward, he was elected from Westchester county, where he had a country-seat, to represent that county in the Constitutional convention of that year. In that body Mr. Munro took an active part, being, by the appointment of its president, Governor Tompkins, chairman of the judiciary committee. In 1826, while he was engaged in active practice, Mr. Munro had an attack of paralysis, and, though he partially recovered and lived for seven years afterward, he spent the residue of his life as a country gentleman.
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