Posted By:Peter Haynes
Subject:Re: Darroch, John; b abt 1763, Argyll, Scotland
Post Date:September 18, 2007 at 17:49:48
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Hi Jeff,

If you go to Malcolm Darroch's message of October 15, 2001, you will find a copy of Frank Darroch's red book, with numerous references to this family, at least in the 19th century. If you are having trouble finding this message, try typing "McAlpin" into "search this forum. You wiull find that there are already a number of messages on this forum which mention Mary McAlpin.

Because the records before the end of the 18thC were lost, we don't know much about the Clachan Darrochs before that time. I have added below an extract from my own family narrative that deals with my own Darroch ancestors from Clachan. We are almost certainly all descended from Mulmorrich, and I am hoping that one day someone will do some DNA testing to confirm this. Cheers Peter

The Darroch lineage is traced in a genealogy prepared by David Mackay Darroch in 1881 to Mulmorich Darroch (b. 1575), minister of Kilcalmonell and Kilberry Parish, Kintyre, from 1614 until his death in 1638. The parish church was located at Clachan, a small village on the west coast of Kintyre, where Mulmorich Darroch and his wife Finuall Carmichael lived. Mulmorich Darroch’s gravestone lies near the path leading to the entrance to the present church. It reads: ‘Here lies Mulmorich Darroch person [i.e. parson] was in Kilcalmonell who died 10th March 1638 and served the cure,’ along with a note ‘renewed by J. and Archd. Darroch 1864’. A number of Darroch families continued to live around Clachan until the late nineteenth century.
Mulmorich and Finuall Darroch had two sons. John Darroch graduated MA from Glasgow University in 1625 and was minister on Jura (1632–1641) and Southend, Kintyre, until he was deposed in 1646 for ‘being for a long time preacher to the rebels’. The massacre of the Royalist troops at Dunaverty Castle in Southend the following year by the Covenanting force following their capitulation gives some idea of the seriousness of the offence. John Darroch’s name was apparently ‘erased from all the church records’. The second son, Dugald, graduated MA from Glasgow University in 1638 and succeeded his father on his death as minister of Kilcalmonell and Kilberry Parish. He translated to Lochhead (now Campbelltown) in 1649. In 1658 he presented the Church authorities with fifty psalms translated into Gaelic. After they were declared unacceptable in their construction he collaborated with other Gaelic scholars in Campbeltown, Kintyre and ultimately a corrected version, known as the Caogaed (‘Fifty’) was published in Glasgow in 1659. Dugald Darroch continued to minister to his congregation in Campbeltown, conducting his services in both Gaelic and English, until he was ejected in 1662, following the Restoration, along with almost four hundred other non-conforming ministers in Scotland. He married Aylis, eldest daughter of Mathew Campbell, Captain of Skipness, Kintyre (who was fined by the Scottish Assembly in 1662).
David Mackay Darroch’s family tree is unclear as to the identity of the father of Mulmorich’s grandson, Reverend John Darroch. However, it would appear that Reverend Dugald Darroch is most probably the father of John Darroch, because in 1660 he received a grant from the Synod of Argyll of ‘fortie marks’ for John’s education. This John Darroch studied at the University of Glasgow in the fourth class in 1665, passed trials before the Presbytery of Dunoon, was recommended for licence 19th April 1669, and was instituted in 1669 as minister in Kilcalmonell and Kilberry. He was deposed by the Test Act in 1681. David Darroch notes that, ‘About this time there was a split in the family on account of religion so part of the family settled in Ireland.’ Nothing is known of the family in Ireland, but Rev John Darroch was forced to flee to Northern Ireland, where he was minister to a Presbyterian congregation at Glenarm, Co. Antrim, and from whence he returned to Clachan after the Toleration Act in 1687. In that year he was present at the erection of the Synod on 29 September and of the Presbytery on 9 November. He was a member of Assembly in 1690. He was translated to Craignish, Kintyre, in 1692, where he appears to have remained until his death on 6 July 1730. He married, firstly, in April 1701, Elizabeth Campbell. She was the daughter of Sir John Campbell of Glenorchy and Elizabeth Campbell, and the widow of John Campbell of Geylin and Alexander Campbell of Stonefield, minister of Kilmore. He contracted on 11 August 1716 to marry, secondly, Agnes Campbell, the daughter of Archibald Oig Campbell and Barbara MacAllister. Archibald Campbell was the son of Archibald 'MacConachie' Campbell, 5th of Inverawe. The Scots Peerage (ii. 202, ix. 45) lists Darroch’s children as William, minister of Kilchrenan, John, who went to Edinburgh, Archibald, Elizabeth, Margaret, Katherine and Isobel.
David Mackay Darroch records that Rev John Darroch had a son Dougal, who had a son Dougal, who had a son James, who had a son James. The latter James, a tailor, was the father of George Darroch. He and his wife Elizabeth (Lizzy) Murray were booked to marry at Kilcalmonell on 1 February 1794. They lived at Craignavullin, Clachan, Kintyre, until they moved to Glasgow after 1820. They had five children, of whom Nicholas Porteous Darroch’s father George, baptised on 24 April 1796, was the second. James Darroch served as the Session Clerk for the Kilcalmonell Kirk from 1803 to 1820.