The Munro’s From Tain

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Research into descendants of William Munro born in 1807 in England, married 23 December 1831 in Tain, Ross, Scotland to Margaret MacLeod, born in Tain in 1806.

Three at least of their sons travelled to London about 1850 and I have traced two lines down to the present, the third for one generation only.

The missing son is John MacLeod Munro, born in Tain in 1838.

In the future it may be that research will be directed back before William Munro’s time, but given the paucity of records for the 18th century and earlier, this will be a challenge. Civil Registration and Censuses from the 19th century have greatly assisted the family historian. Dependency upon parish and ecclesiastical records preceding that era demands a far greater determination to overcome the many brick walls that will inevitably be encountered.

Harry and Donald Munro Tain

Marie Lloyd (born Matilda Alice Victoria Wood in 1870)

Marie Lloyd 1870-1922 Music HallIncluded here is also biographia of the author’s great-aunt, Marie Lloyd (born Matilda Alice Victoria Wood in 1870), music hall star of Victorian & Edwardian times.

She appeared at the Pavilion Whitechapel Music Hall, where William Munro’s grandson, Donald Alexander Munro, was Director. His mother had been named in The Builder magazine as redeveloping the theatre in 1858, the year of her marriage. It is thought that the land on which the old theatre stood, in Baker’s Row, had been owned by her father, Charles Conaughton, for some years prior to the 1851 Census. In that Census the family were recorded as living at 4/5 Baker’s Row. Charles Conaughton (the spelling Connaughton is also found) was described as a Gas Fitter. In our own times the term given would be more likely to be Gas Engineer and/or Contractor, and Charles can be assumed to have prospered. He died in 1853, stated on his death certificate as “in the Pavilion Theatre”. When his daughter married, his widow Mary (born in Pimlico in 1801), made a settlement of property on her (dated 17 July 1858), including the land in Baker’s Row. The Munro family’s link with Ireland was established at this time, Charles Conaughton having been born there c.1805. The early 19th century saw immigration into the East End of London from both Scotland and Ireland. Other nationalities were to follow, down to the present day.

Marie Lloyd’s sister, Daisy Wood, also appeared at the Pavilion; she married Donald Munro in 1899. A biographical article on Daisy (2002) is linked through a Related File. Similarly, there is a Related File for Marie Lloyd.

This family history connects the Highlands of Scotland with Ireland, and London’s East End Music Hall world.

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