The funeral of Hugh Darroch (Celtic F.C.)

September 14, 1891
A Requiem Mass was sung by Father Trawley in St. Alphonsus’ Church on Monday for the repose of the soul of Mr. Hugh Darroch, a gentleman engaged in the pawnbroking business in the East End of this city, and who died at the early age of thirty-two years the previous Friday. The remains of the deceased, encased in a brass-mounted coffin, lay on a catafalque in front of the high altar. The sanctuary was draped in black cloth, and on the coffin were several floral wreaths, including one from Mr. Darroch’s late employees and from the Celtic Football Club.

During the mass Monsignor Munro was present in church, as were also Messrs. Francis Henry, Glasgow School Board; E. Williamson, and J. Quigley, P.L.G.; Dr Couway, Dr Scanlan, S.J. Henry, Glasgow Catholic Literary Society; Bothers Walfrid and Christopher, of the Marist Order; John Heass and J.H. McLaughlin, Celtic Football Club; and McCairns, solicitor. At the conclusion of the Mass, the funeral party proceeded in ten mourning coaches to Dalbeth Cemetery, where the interment took place.

Mr. Darroch, who had friends everywhere, and n enemy nowhere, was connected with St. Mary’s Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society. The first treasurer of the Celtic Football Club, he was one of its chief promoters. He appears to have been highly popular in the football world, and one writer remarks that the Celtic Club will miss Mr. Darroch’s sound practical advice. Another writer in an athletic paper writes that in him the poor ever found a friend to succour and help them.
(Source: Weekly Freeman’s Journal: September 19, 1891)


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