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The Family in Scotland

There have been Darrochs living in Clachan and its neighbourhood for at least 200 years. The first of definite record was John Darroch who was booked to marry Mary MacAlpin on May 18th, 1787. There is no record of the death of either. Possibly one or both may be buried between the grave slab of Mulmorich Darroch and John's daughter Mary. There is a stone but it is eroded down to about a foot in height. John Darroch had two sisters mentioned by Mary Currie. They were married to a Hart and to a MacAlpine. The records were searched for their marriages in the hope that the names of their parents could be learned but no entries were found. Some Hart and MacAlpine children were found and the Hart was probably Colin Hart but nothing else could be connected.

The children of John Darroch and Mary MacAlpin are listed earlier, except for Elizabeth, born in 1804, and who married a MacLachlan. The first census records in Scotland that listed the name of individuals was that of 1841. Two of the children who survived were Andrew and James. By the time of the census they would be middle-aged. There is rumour in the family that some members went to Australia or New Zealand. In 1841 Archibald, Duncan and Mary were the only children remaining in Clachan. Archibald was living at Cregnavullin. This might mean in Gaelic ' the rock of the billows ' ( large waves ) which would be suitable for Mary Currie's description of their dwelling on the seaward shore of Dunskeig. In any case she says that it was out of sight of the village.

In the census of 1851, Archibald Darroch is listed as customary weaver and precentor. The precentor in the church was an important person in the community. There was no musical instrument allowed in the church and most of the congregation could not read. For the singing the precentor struck the key with a tuning fork and lined out orally the hymns. Then the congregation repeated them in tune together. This is still done in some of the churches in the far Hebrides. His main occupation was weaving cloth to order for customers. John D Stephens, a grandson, tells of a piece of his cloth that was worn as a petticoat to this country by his grandmother, made into a piecework quilt along with other cloth woven by relatives over here and eventually, ended up as a multi-coloured horse blanket for a neighbour's high-stepping carriage horse.

Two other Darroch families in Clachan which do not seem to have any connection that can be found are:-

1841 Census
Mary McBride, aged 35, Mary McCallum, aged 70. These are probably the maiden names of a mother and daughter. Children in the family are, Nanny Darroch, aged 15, Niel Darroch ( sic ) aged 10, Cathrine Darroch, aged 8, John Darroch, aged 5, Duncan Darroch, aged 2, and Mary Darroch, aged 1. There is no mention of the Darroch father who was probably absent at the time of the census. At his age of maybe 40 years, he does not fit into any of the earlier families.

1851 Census
Donald McPhail, aged 35, and his wife Anne, aged 32, with two young sons. The mother-in-law of Donald and mother of Anne was Nancy Darroch, aged 65, widow, born in Kilcalmonell. She was born about 1786 ( the ages are rounded to 5 and 0 ) and she could have been the daughter of an older brother of the earliest John Darroch.

Duncan Darroch, Mary Currie's father, apparently spent all his lifetime in Clachan. There is no mention of his first wife's name. In 1851 he was described as ' widower ', but in 1861 his wife is Mary, aged 51. His second wife had two sons by a former marriage and they all predeceased him.

Mary Darroch was booked to marry on 29th August 1835, Dugald McAlpine, carding miller ay Clachan, both of the Parish of Kilcalmonell. She was 41 at the time and later, had four children by Dugald McAlpine. Married women went by their maiden names in Scotland and there is no mention of an earlier marriage. But Mary Currie tells of the death of George Manzies, a cousin of Margaret Reed, and presumably herself, who was half brother to Mary McAlpine, the younger. There is a possibility that she was married earlier to a Menzies.

Archibald Darroch married Mary Milloy. According to Black's ' Surnames of Scotland ', ' The Milloy's of Argyll and Bute are desdended from the Macloys of Gendaruel, a branch of the MacLouis or Fullertons of Arron '. The name was probably shortened by abbreviating Macloy to M'loy. Or possibly it was originally Mac-gille-Louis ' the son of the servant of Louis '. There are still Milloys near Clachan.

Mary Milloy's father was Hugh Milloy and her mother's name may have been Margaret. They had a large family of six girls and four boys. They lived in Clachan before coming to Canada about 1822, that is all except Mary, who with her husband, followed her children in 1862. The sisters and brothers of Mary Milloy Darroch are as follows:- ( Not in order of age ) Flora married John McLean, Margaret married Archibald McDougall, Catherine married Donald McMillan. Barbara married Edward White, Sarah married Colin McMillan, Donald married Betty Glen, Archibald married Miss Blue, John married, with two sons, name of wife not known, and another boy. Most of them settled on farms near Erin and Hillsburgh, Ontario, and had very large families. The Rev. John D. Stephens, about 1934, contributed to the Erin newspaper a number of columns on pioneer gossip which includes the names of most of the children and grandchildren in the Milloy family. There are no Milloy names in the Erin phone book to-day.

John Darroch, the son of Archibald Darroch and Mary Milloy, lived with his family in Clachan until about 20 years of age. His first language was Gaelic and he was also precentor in the church, substituting at times for his father. In 1842 he went to Glasgow to learn the trade of blacksmithing. His proudest memory of that time was when he was chosen to shoe the horses of Queen Victoria on her visit there. It was during this time also that he met his future wife, Agnes Greenlees, who was a domestic in the home of the master blacksmith to whom he was apprenticed. After spending seven years learning his trade, John Darroch and Agnes Greenlees were married on June 7th, 1849 and sailed the same day for Canada.

Agnes Greenlees was born at Port of Glasgow on October 4th, 1829. Greenlees is a Lowland Scottish name from a place called Greenlees near Cambuslang, Lanarkshire. At one time it was more plentiful then to-day and some families of Greenlees were imported to Kintyre by the Earls of Argyll when they were replacing the Highlanders with Lowland farmers in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Agnes Greenlees' grandfather was Robert Greenlees but no other information is available. Her father was William Greenlees who, family tradition says, was a sergeant in the Scots Greys during the Napoleonic Wars. He was born about 1780 and not married until December 10th, 1822, so he would be in his prime about the time of the famous chargeof the Scots Greys at Waterloo. His discharge papers were in the possession of his daughter in Canada but were accidentally burned.

William Greenlees' wife was Anne Findlay of Kilmacolm. Her father was William Findlay and she had two brothers, John and Robert. John's only son William Findlay, was postmaster in Innerkip, Scotland. Robert was coachman to Duncan Darroch, Laird of Gourock. William Greenlees had other children, Anne, born March 11, 1824, married Corkindale, Jean born February 5, 1826 married Thomson, William, born December 10th, 1827, married Margaret Munro. Robert, born October 21, 1831, may have been married but died in a Toronto hospital in August 1854. Agnes Greenlees' mother died of the cholera in 1832, aged about 40 years. William Greenlees, her father, came to Canada and died in July 1864 when he was over 80 years old. He is buried on Hugh Darroch's farm in Minto Township.

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