Gordon Darroch was born in Norwich in 1974. After studying English Literature and German at the University of Edinburgh, where he alsoedited the student newspaper, he went into journalism as a reporter on the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. In 2001 he moved to Glasgow,where he worked for the Press Association, the Herald and STV News. In 2014 he emigrated to The Hague with his wife Magteld Darroch-Jansen, who died seven weeks later from breast cancer. The couple met in Italy in 1992, married in 2001 and had two children.