Note from Cambodia

Please accept my thanks for going to all the trouble of mailing me the books [to Cambodia].

As you no doubt know the Clyde River Darrachs originally came from Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides Islands off the coast of Scotland. In fact the first John Duncan Darrah was born in Colonsay but died in Clyde River. He is buried in the church yard at the Burnside Presbyterian Church. Colonsay has a interesting website that includes a blog called Corncrake. Much of the website is taken up with local news but from time to time there are people on the blog who wish to know more about the Colonsay diaspora. The Colonsay Darrahs spell the name Darroch. Here is the web link for the website:

I feel pretty certain that someone on the blog or the website would be very interested in the Clyde River book and how to obtain a copy. Part of the family also went to New Zealand and I know that they follow the Colonsay website. A few years back when Dr. Beck did the family genealogy, a number of the New Zealand Darrachs (or Darrochs) participated.

Excerpt of note from Jon Darrah, Cambodia

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  1. Kevin Byrne on December 27, 2009 at 6:03 am

    If your correspondent would like to get in touch, I will be delighted to give him such information as I have on Colonsay Darrochs – a very ancient family indeed. I would be interested in knowing more about the Clyde River book and will check it out. Am travelling just now, will be back in Colonsay January 4th d.v.
    Contact me as byrne(at)

    • clyderiver on December 29, 2009 at 10:33 am

      Dear Kevin,

      Thank you for your comment. Just a bit of background…Clyde River is a small rural community in Prince Edward Island, Canada that has just published its community history.

      The book “The History and Stories of Clyde River” is dedicated to the founding families who came to this area around 1800. We have included a brief history of each of these families along with the many stories that shaped our community. The Darrach’s, by whatever spelling, were one of those brave, hardy families, and some of their descendants still live in this area. There are family connections in many countries as well as in Colonsay, Scotland.

      It is a special tribute to this project that this book has sparked renewed interest in tracing heritages. We will pass your contact information to Jon Darrah who has carried out a fair amount of research of his family history and was kind enough to let us know about the Colonsay connection.

      We look forward to your interest in our book and new connections that can be made between your community and ours.


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