Lives of the fellows

Andrew Marshall

b.1742 d.2 April 1813
MD Edin(1782) LRCP(1788)

Andrew Marshall, M.D., was born in 1742, at Park-Hill, near Newburgh, Fifeshire, and was destined by his father to be a dissenting minister. With this view he was sent when sixteen years of age to an institution at Abernethy, where he studied philosophy and divinity. Whilst there he published in a periodical work a short essay on composition, some remarks in which gave offence to his co-religionists, and he was summoned before the synod of his sect at Edinburgh, by whom, on refusing to retract, he was excommunicated. He was then nineteen years of age, and at once proceeded to Glasgow, where he divided his time between teaching Greek at a school, and attending lectures in the university. At twenty-one years of age he became tutor in a gentleman’s family in the island of Islay, and remained in that office four years, after which he went to Edinburgh, where he gave private lessons in Greek and Latin to students of the university. Hitherto he had regarded himself as a student of divinity, but his views about this time were directed to medicine. In 1777 he was enabled by the assistance of a friend to visit London for professional improvement, when he attended the lectures of Dr. Hunter on anatomy, and those of John Hunter on surgery. The following year he was appointed surgeon to the 83rd, or Glasgow regiment, and continued to hold that office until the corps was disbanded. He took his degree of doctor of medicine at Edinburgh 12th September, 1782 ( Militum Salute Tuendâ), and then, settling in London, commenced lecturing on anatomy. These lectures he continued with much reputation for nearly thirty years. Dr. Marshall was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1788; and died from disease of the bladder, at his house in Bartlett’s-buildings, Holborn, 2nd April, 1813, in the seventy-first year of his age. He was the author of " An Essay on Ambition," and a translation of the Three First Books of Simson’s Conic Sections, and after his death there appeared from his pen—
The Morbid Anatomy of the Brain in Mania and Hydrophobia, with the Pathology of these two Diseases; and a Sketch of the Author’s Life, by S. Sawry. 8vo. Lond. 1815.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 389)

<< Back to List