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Clan Marshall

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Clan Marshall

Managed by Michael Thomas - (Thomas-10705)

This name is thought to be derived from the early Norman/Flemish period in Scottish history, generally associated with David I, being derived from the term "mareschall" (a groom, modern groom, farrier, blacksmith).

The earliest known record of the name is Maledoni Marescal in 1136, who witnessed a gift of the lands of Partick to the church in Glasgow; Partick is still the name of a district in that city. Later in the 12th century, Gillecolm Marescald witnessed a charter by William, the Lion of Kinbethac to the earl of Strathern and Guidone Marescaldus witnessed a charter by the bishop of St Andrews.

Several Marischals appear in the Homage Rolls of those swearing fealty to Edward of England in 1296 and subsequently the name spread throughout non-Gaelic Scotland. It is improbable that there is a single source family.

The Tartan presently named Marshall began as a numbered pattern in a manufacturer's range, which later acquired the name Austin. In the 19th century, it became Keith and, by the middle of the 20th century, it was also known as Marshall and Falconer - the latter two based on the circumstance that the Keiths were Earls Marischal and bore the name Keith-Falconer. By 'use and wont' this tartan has become the tartan of the Marshalls. The tartan known as Marshall is also known as Keith, Falconer and Austin.

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Note from earlier research by an unknown Wikitree member

I am researching the branch of the Marshall Clan from Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. My direct ancestors who emigrated from there to America were John Marshall, Sr. 1768-1845 (Marshall-3798) and his wife, Janet (Govan) Marshall 1771-1855. Upon arrival in New York State, they travelled North to the Canadian Border where they still live today along the shores of the St. Lawrence River where many of the Marshall men were Ship Captains including one of prominence, Capt. William Marshall (Marshall-3849) who saved countless lives from a sinking vessel in 1849.


Motto : Semper virescit virtu (Virtue always flourishes)

Septs of Clan Marshall : Marescal, Marescall, Marshal, Marshale, Marshall, Merchel, Mercial, Mersel, Mersell, Mershel, Mershell





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