These notes are based on lectures given by Rhoda Fothergill – they were made by a local resident of Perth – Alan Darling – and have been passed to this website.
From the Scots Magazine of 1808
“It is impossible to convey an adequate idea of the sorrow and regret universally produced in this place by the death of the late Chief Magistrate, Mr Marshall of Glenalmond. His remains were brought from his late residence Bowerswell Lodge, attended by his relatives with the Duke of Atholl. The crowd which attended was immense, men, women and children pressing forward to witness the final scenes …
Every warehouse and shop was shut. It is impossible to turn the eye to any quarter of this town or its environs without some remarkable remembrance of Provost Marshall coming into view. He had a particular pleasure in planning and a particular energy in carrying out whatever appealed to him a calculated to adorn, improve or in any way beneficial to his native town.
… a man possessed of considerable fertility of resource and shrewdness in forecasting various projects for the improvement of the city and the benefit of the community. He was also gifted with the administrative wisdom and energy by which he was enabled to push forward his schemes into concrete forms. I believe the enlargement of the North Inch, the planning of various new streets and the felling of the Burghmuir were among the improvements which he instigated and carried out while other projects have assumed practical shape since his day.
Thomas Hay Marshall was born in 1770 and died in 1808 aged 38 years. He was married to Rose Anderson whose father owned the land of Rose Terrace (Blackfriars Monastery). In 1790 T.H. Marshall entered the Town Council. At 21 years he was Treasurer and at 22 years of age he was made a Baillie.”