Tucked away in a secluded part of the wooded Raith Estate in Kirkcaldy, Fife is the tomb of Robert Munro Ferguson. Robert Munro Ferguson was a Scottish Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1841 to 1862. An officer in the 79th Regiment of Foot, he rose to become colonel of the regiment and eventually an army general.
He was of the Fergusons, who were an ancient Highland family, he lived at Muirton, Fife. Ferguson was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kirkcaldy Burghs at a by-election in 1841. He lived at no.5 Bolton Row, London. He was a member of the Athenaeum and Reform Clubs.
In 1864, Ferguson inherited the baronies of Novar in Ross-shire and Muirton, Morayshire, conditional upon his taking the additional surname Munro. He died at the age of 66. His son, Ronald Munro Ferguson, 1st Viscount Novar, served as Governore-General of Australia and Secretary of State for Scotland.
Raith Estate is located on the west side of Kirkcaldy in Fife. The estate was acquired in the 17th century by the Fergusons. Raith remains in the same family, now the Munro-Fergusons.
This tomb has been left unmaintained for a long time and although there may have been an access path to this site originally the area is now overgrown with trees and bushes making it a rather unique and secluded site.
Next to the tomb are the remains of an old Celtic cross which has unfortunately fallen over and broken.
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