The History of Leith

April 12, 2005

The Marshall Window. (South Leith Parish Church)

(In South Aisle.)
THE inscription reads :—“ In Memory of Euphemia Marshall, born 27th April 1846, died 6th April 1888.”
Euphemia Marshall was the second daughter of William Marshall, engineer and shipbuilder, a partner in the firm of S. & H. Morton & Co. Descended from a Leith family, he himself came from Glasgow to start business in Leith. his eldest daughter became the wife of J Low, merchant in Leith, and latterly Session Clerk of South Leith Church. For the long period of forty years, he was a teacher and then Superintendent of the Sabbath School, a form of service which was most congenial to him. Mrs Low, who still survives, was associated with the Mothers’ Meeting as long as her strength permitted, having taken on the work in response to the dying request of her sister. Until quite lately the youngest sister, Miss Marshall of to-day, was an active Lady Visitor in one of our poor districts.
Miss Euphemia Marshall was born in April 1846 and died in the same month of 1888. She was the first lady to respond to the late Dr. Mitchell’s request for Sabbath School teachers, and remained at her post until the end of her all too brief life. When Dr. Mitchell started work among the millgirls of the Roperie, she also threw herself with zest into an enterprise which turned many uneducated and untutored girls into self-respecting women and loyal members of the Christian church. She had the charm and winsomeness which invariably produce the most lasting results in work for the Master. When the School Boards began under the Education Act of 1872, such classes became unnecessary, and she acted as Secretary of the Mothers’ Meeting, which was next started, on Thursday afternoons. It is easily seen that her whole time was given to the work of the Church. She was not slothful in business for her Lord, fervent in spirit, serving Him continually. As one who loved her and revered her memory says, “She was a real deaconess of the Church.”
When she was called home at the early age of forty-two, her departure caused great grief in the congregation, and when the hymn “For ever with the Lord” was sung at the close of the service on the Sabbath after her funeral, there was not a dry eye in the church.

Source-The South leith Records 1922

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