TORRANCE, a surname derived
from lands in the parish of East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, formerly in
possession of the Hamiltons, but afterwards belonging to a family of the
name of Stuart. The Gaelic word Torran, the diminutive of Tor, a mount
or hill, is said to have been the origin of the name, having been taken
from a mound of earth, called the Tor, situated about a quarter of a
mile from the house of Torrance.