Darroch Clan

Taking their name from lands of the same name near Falkirk, Clan Darroch derive their name from the Gaelic ‘Macdara’ meaning ‘son of oak’.

The first recorded mention of a Darroch is John Darach who was the Baillie of Stirling in 1406. It is however, on the islands of Islay and Jura that the Darrochs were most numerous as a part of the mighty clan Donald.

The Darroch clan here were known as the Clann Domhnuill Riabhaich – a corruption of ‘dath riabhach’, Gaelic for brindled colour – to distinguish themselves from the fair headed residents of Jura.

They would eventually leave Jura and gain lands in Gourock on the banks of the River Clyde.


Translation: BE WATCHFUL
Crest: On a chapeau Gules furred miniver a demi-Negro, in his dexter hand a dagger, proper.