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Notes about Darroch Ministers
Excerpts which mention Darroch ministers and others from Hew Scott's ' Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae'. Records of the Synod of Argyll., History of the Campbells of Craignish, etc.

Parish of Kirk of Muir (near Glasgow)
William Darroch received 1576.

Parish of East Kilbride and Torrens
1584, Robert Darroch presented as minister to parsonage of Torrens.
From ' East Kilbride ' by T.E. Miven
Robert Darroch, A.M., born 1559. Graduated Glasgow University 1579. Minister at Kilmarnock till 1585. Tranlated to Stonehouse, 1585. Translated to Kilbride 1586. Regent of Glasgow University, 1585 to 1589. Died 1607.

Maurice Darroch, minister in 1614, married to Finuall Carmichael, who survived him. Maurice ( or Mulmorich ) Darroch was in charge when the tiends were valued 17th August 1629. Died March 10, 1638, aged 63.

Marriage deed from ' The History of Craignish '
At Kilvorow and Schangart, 29 and 31 October 1632; Marriage contract ( antenuptual ) between Mr. John Darroch, minister at Gigha, and Margaret, lawful daughter of and with the consent of George Campbell of Ballachlavan. Sureties for John Darroch are John oig Campbell in Balzeoll and Duncan oig M'Gillyglas there; and surety for George is his brother german, Alexander Campbell in Skearbols. Writen by John Robertson, notary.
Witnesses: Mr. William Campbell of Torobols, Moreis Darroch, minister at Kilcalmonell, Niall M'Neill, Commissary of the Isles. Archibald Mudie ( ? ) and Donald Campbell, lawful son of the said George.

Parish of Jura

John Darroch M.A. (Glasgow) Admitted 1635.

Minister in Jura at the Evertion of Synod, 24 April, 1639.
Deposed 1st September 1646.  Died before 6 May 1648.

Henry Darroch, son of John Darroch, received a scholarship from Synod of Argyll in 1648.

Parish of Kilcalmonell and Kilberry and Parish of Campbeltown Highland Charges

Dugald Darroch, M.A. (Glasgow, 1638)
Admitted to Kilcalmonell and Kilberry before 6 May 1641, probably on death of Mulmorich Darroch in 1638. Had a recommendation from General Assembly 18 June 1646, to the Committee of Money.  Translated to Lochhead (Campbeltown) 11th November 1649.  Deprived by Act of Parliament 11 June and decreet by Privy Council, 1 October 1662.  Died in 1664 or 1665.

He was one of three appointed to translate the "Shorter Catechism" into Gaelic,  May 1649.  Probably printed in Glasgow in 1651 but no copy is known.  Also "A Brief Sum of the Christian Doctrine" (1660);  and when the Bible was similarly translated the Second Book of Kings was assigned to him.  He married Aylis, eldest daughter of  Mathew Campbell, the Captain  of Skipness.

Synod of Argyll 10 April, 1651
Among others - Finuall Carmichael, relict to umquhil Morris Darroch, minister at Kilcalmonell, in regards of their present necessities to each of them ane hundred marks to the next Synod and a warrand to the collector to pay them of the readiest.

Synod of Argyll, 2nd November 1660
Mr. Dugald Darroch to get fortie marks in the name of John Darroch a boy, which if he pleases not the synod the said Mr. Dugald is to refund. ( This was probably his son )

Parish of Craignish

John Darroch (or Darragh) Instituted 1669.  Probably deposed by the Test Act, 1681.  In a Presbyterian Congregation in Glenarm in Ireland.  Returned at the Toleration Act, and was present at the Evertion of the Synod 20/9/1687 and at Presbytery 9/11/1687. Refused a position at Southend in 1687. Recalled to Glenarm 1688 and in January ,1689 presented testimonials to the Presbytery of Kintyre, but probably not settled.  Translated to Craignish, 8 June 1692.  Still at Craignish in 1706.

Parish of Kilchrenan

William Darroch, born about 1675.  Son of John Darroch of Craignish. Educated at Glasgow University. Licensed by United Presbytery of Argyll, 1 October 1700, called in December thereafter.  Ordained to Kilchrenan 6th May 1701.  Deposed 7 January 1710 for neglect of family worship, etc. Lived chiefly among the tenantry and frequently walked to and from London.

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