John Marshall, Lord Curriehill

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The grave of John Marshall, Lord Curriehill, St Cuthbertd churchyard, Edinburgh

John Marshall, Lord Curriehill (1794–1868) was a Scottish judge.


The son of John Marshall of Garlieston, Wigtonshire, by Marion, daughter of Henry Walker, he was born in Wigtonshire on 7 January 1794. His family were in poor circumstances, and to Edinburgh to attend the university.[1]

Marshall was in November 1818 called to the Scottish bar, built up an extensive practice, and purchased the estate of Curriehill in Midlothian. In March 1852 he was elected dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and on 3 November in the same year a judge of the Court of Session, with the title of Lord Curriehill. His interlocutor in the Yelverton case was an example of his literary style.[1]

In October 1868 Marshall retired from office, and on 27 October died at his country house, Curriehill, in Currie south-west of Edinburgh.[1]

He is buried with his wife Margaret in St Cuthbert's churchyard in central Edinburgh. The grave lies against the north wall of the central section, south of the church.


In 1826 Marshall married Margaret, daughter of the Rev. Andrew Bell of Kilcunean, minister of Crail, Fife; she died in November 1866. Their son, John Marshall, a barrister in 1851, became a judge of the court of session, with the title of Lord Curriehill, on 29 October 1874, and died on 5 November 1881, aged 54.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1893). "Marshall, John (1794-1868)". Dictionary of National Biography. 36. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Lee, Sidney, ed. (1893). "Marshall, John (1794-1868)". Dictionary of National Biography. 36. London: Smith, Elder & Co.