Marshall, John (1794-1868) (DNB00)

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MARSHALL, JOHN, Lord Curriehill (1794–1868), Scottish judge, son of John Marshall of Garlieston, Wigtonshire, by Marion, daughter of Henry Walker, was born in Wigtonshire on 7 Jan. 1794. His family were in poor circumstances, and he walked from his native place to Edinburgh in order to attend the university. He was in November 1818 called to the Scottish bar, and the proceeds of an extensive practice enabled him in course of time to purchase the estate of Curriehill in Midlothian. In March 1852 he was elected dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and on 3 Nov. in the same year a judge of the court of session, with the title of Lord Curriehill. He was well read in the laws relating to heritage, and his English was always precise, clear, and elegant. His interlocutor in the Yelverton case was a good example of his literary style. In October 1868 he retired from office, and on 27 Oct. died at his seat, Curriehill. In 1826 he married Margaret, daughter of the Rev. Andrew Bell of Kilcunean, minister of Crail, Fifeshire; she died in November 1866. His son, John Marshall, a barrister in 1851, became a judge of the court of session, with the title of Lord Curriehill, on 29 Oct. 1874, and died on 5 Nov. 1881, aged 54.

[Crombie's Modern Athenians, 1882, pp. 123–4 with portrait; Illustrated London News, 7 Nov. 1868, p. 459; Times, 29 Oct. 1868 p. 5, 7 Nov. 1881 p. 9.]

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