Posts Tagged ‘Colonsay’

Many families in Clyde River have an ancestral connection to Colonsay, Scotland. Immigrants to Prince Edward Island in the early 1800s sailed on the Polly 1803, Dykes 1803, Oughton 1803, Spencer 1806 and settled in Belfast, Clyde River and surrounding areas, becoming part of the Selkirk Settlers. Common family names are Darrach, MacLean, MacNeil, Bell, Currie, MacPhee, MacEachern, to name a few. Here is drone footage of Colonsay. Enjoy. If you have visited here, share your experience in the comments.

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In the blog entry, Note from Cambodia, Jon Darrah suggested that we contact the community of Colonsay, Scotland, to let them know about our history book. He had made contact with the community when he was researching the Darrach family, so he knew there would be interest. We followed up to request that they feature our history book on their blog, and now you can check it out for yourself at Corncrake. Click on “books” on left column and scroll down.

While you are visiting the site, take some time to read their news. It will give you an excellent introduction to how a blog can bring a community to life online. Thanks to Corncrake for featuring Clyde River.

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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: http://www.colonsay.org.uk/

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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