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The Surnames of Scotland
by George F Black

Darroch, Daroch, Darragh, Durroch

John Darroch was baille of Stirling in 1406 ( ER iv. p. 28 ). John Darach de Cruse mentioned in 1445 (Cambus, 214 ) may be John Darraugh, commissioner for the burgh of Stirling in 1450, ( Ayr, p. 28 ). Jonette Daroch is in record in 1458 ( RMS, 11, 671 ). Mariote Darraugh appears as nurse of the Lady Margaret, second daughter of James 11, 1462 ( ER 1,p. cclxxxv ).
Marion Darroch in Stirling in 1471 protested that she had not given consent to the alienation of an annual rtent due her ( Sc Ant.X p, 62 ). Jacobus Darrow, notary public, who was a witness in 1477 ' apud manierium de Keir ' ( RMS. 11 1301 ) appears again as Jac Darroch ( ibid 2388 ) and may be the James Darrow who was notary public in St. Andrews, 1482 ( Cambus , 213 ). William Darroch was witness in Ayr in 1505 ( Friars Ayr, p. 72 ).
Duncan Darrow was deacon of craft in Stirling, 1522 and 1525 ( SBR, p, 24, 275 ). Alexander Darroch was witness in Edinburgh, 1545 ( RMS, 111, 3094 ). Ninian Darroche, Thomas Darroicht, and Robert Darroycht appear in Glasgow in 1550 ( Cambus, 214 )
William Darroch was reidare at Kirk of Muir, 1574 ( RMR ).
Ninian Daroche, burgess freeman of Glasgow, became a burgess as the eldest son of a burgess, 1608 ( Burgesses ).
John Darrocch was merchant burgess in Glasgow in 1620 ( ibid ).
M. Darroch was parson of Kilberrie in Kintyre in 1629 ( OPS, 11 p. 37 )
Bertie Darroch was tenant of Caldwell in 1632 ( Caldwell 1 p. 279 ). Alexander Darroch appears in Falkirk, 1684 ( Moray ). People named Darroch were at one time common in Islay and Jura, and were counted as a sept of Clan Donald.

  1. The Stirling Darrochs derive from a place named Darroch near Falkirk.
  2. The name may also be from an adjectival form of a lost McDara ' a son of oak '. cf. Macc Dara in the book of Armagh. With ' son of oak ' cf. MacCarthiann, ' son of rowan ' ( tree )
    See also MacDhubh-dara ' son of black oak '.
  3. Popular tradition in the West Highlands is that the name is from Dath riabhath, a shortening of Mac'Ille riabhach, but this seems doubtful.

N.B Names of interest are underlined

M. ( for Mulmorich ) Darroch is buried in the cemetery in Clachan, Kintyre. Born 1575, died 1638

For references consult G. F. Black's ' The Surnames of Scotland '.

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