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.