In 1970, when I had occasion to phone the headmaster
of the Darroch School in Edinburgh, the secretary asked if she
could tell him who was calling. When I told her that my name was
Darroch, she said, 'Oh. that's a lovely name'. I could not disagree
Darroch is a name that is uniquely Scottish and
is almost unpronounceable without a Scots tongue.
In this little booklet I have tried to assemble
for the benefit of Canadian Darrochs all of the references I could
find that mention Darroch people or their associations and gather
them together under suitable headings. Some may find more than
they want; others may find the Highland references and the Gaelic
confusing; but for those who find it interesting, it may encourage
them to delve further into Highland History and in their searches
bridge some of the gaps that are obvious in our family history.
These latter will find it fascinating. The references quoted will
save later researchers much time and may provide profitable leads.
In the section on the generations I have tried to
gather as many as possible of the descendants of Archibald Darroch
and Mary Milloy. They total over 1,150, plus many more that I
have missed, possibly 1,300 in all. The children of the daughters,
of course, do not carry the Darroch name, but are ' of the blood
'nevertheless. These last may have more difficulty in tracing
their connection and this list may help. I apologize to those
whose names are omitted or misspelled, especially to wives whose
maiden names people could not remember off-hand. I also want to
thank those who supplied names. They are too numerous to list
here. The Reverend Donald Budge kindly gave me permission to use
the material from his book, ' Jura, an Island of Argyll ".
For me it has been fun! I should be glad to hear
of any errors, omissions, or completions, especially from the
families of Hugh Darroch who married Margaret Bolton and Mary
Darroch who married George Walker.
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