Andrew Munro

Andrew Munro

infobox bishopbiog
name = Andrew Munro
"Aindréas Mac an Rothaich"

religion= Roman Catholic Church
See = Diocese of Ross
Title = "Bishop of Ross" (postulate)
Period = 1440–1441
consecration =
Predecessor = John Bullock
Successor = Thomas Tulloch
post = Archdeacon of Caithness
(1422–1451 × 1454) | ordination =
bishops =
date of birth = unknown
place of birth = unknown
date of death = 1460 × 1461
place of death =

Andrew Munro (d. 1451 × 1454) [de Munro, de Munroy] , or Aindréas Mac an Rothaich as his Gaelic kindred name, was a Scottish churchman active in the 15th century, undoubtedly given his surname a native of Ross of Clan Munro.

In either 1421 or 1422, he became Archdeacon of Ross on exchange with John de Inchmartin, and was issued a new papal provision on October 6. 1422; his provision was repeated on March 11, 1431. [Watt, "Fasti Ecclesiae", p. 286.]

Following the death of John Bullock, Bishop of Ross, in either 1439 or 1440, Munro was postulated as Bullock's successor by the cathedral chapter; his postulation, rather than election, occurred because Munro had a "defect of birth", being the son of an unmarried woman and a priest.Dowden, "Bishops", p. 218; Watt, "Fasti Ecclesiae", p. 268.]

Despite much effort and expense, the postulation was rejected by Pope Eugenius IV, who provided instead Thomas Tulloch, the cathedral Dean. In compensation, on March 4, 1441, Eugenius granted Munro a pension of £40, to be taken from the mensal revenues of the Bishop of Ross.

Munro however sought confirmation of his postulation from the Anti-Pope, Felix V, at Basel in the Kingdom of Germany. Felix V confirmed Munro's postulation on May 30, but it was not effective. Munro is heard of again as the Commissary of the diocese of Ross in 1451, while still holding the archdeaconry; he had died by October 24, 1454. [Watt, "Fasti Ecclesiae", pp. 286, 288.]



* Dowden, John, "The Bishops of Scotland", ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
* Watt, D. E. R., "Fasti Ecclesiae Scotinanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638", 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969)

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