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Ellie This is our amazing granddaughter Ellie.

Ellie was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Spina Bifida is where the spine and spinal cord don't develop properly in the womb, causing a gap in the spine. This can cause a number of difficulties including weakness or paralysis of the legs. Many babies with Spina Bifida also develop Hydrocephalus which, as in Ellie's case, sometimes needs an operation to insert a tube that drains excess fluid from the brain.

Children like Ellie are supported by the Shine Charity who provide specialist advice and support for the children and their families. Shine relies on donations to do this essential work and, this year, Ellie's uncle Dave will be running in the London Marathon to raise money for Shine. Obviously, we realise that requesting complete strangers to donate money to the charity is a bit of an ask but, now that you've read this far, perhaps you would consider taking a little bit more of your time to make a small donation to this very worthy cause at Dave's JustGiving Page? Thank you!

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"MARSHALL. This word means literally ' 'horseservant,' in which sense it is still used in France (moTct-hal. meaning a 'farrier'). The word is Old High German maraschath borrowed through Low Latin mariscalcus into Old French as mareschal, and introduced into Britain at the Norman Conquest. In time the position, like that of Constable and Steward, became one of great dignity; but there is little doubt that most of the Marshalls in Scotland derive their surname from the humbler occupation of horse-servant or groom. A very common surname in Torphichen Commissariot Record. Maledoni Marescal is witness to gift of the lands of Perdeyc (Partick) to the church of Glasgow, 1136 (REG., p. 9). About 1170 Symon Marescall witnessed a charter by Walter de Berkeley (RAA., i, 56), and between 1178-80 Gillecolm Marescald witnessed a charter by William the Lion of Kinbethach to Gilbert, earl of Strathern (LIM., p. xxiii). Guidone marescaldus witnessed a charter by Robert, bishop of St. Andrews before 1173 (RPSA., p. 135), and Robert Marescaldus de Molle witnessed Eschina de London's gift of the church of Molle to Kelso, c. 1185-1190 (Kelso, 146, 147). Philip Marescallus, a charter witness between 1187-c. 1202 (REM., 5; InchaffTay, p. 18), married the heiress of Keith-Humbie, and thus became ancestor of the Keiths, Earls Marischal. Adam, marescallus of the bishop of Glasgow, witnessed sale of lands of Scrogges to the church of Glasgow, c. 1208-13 (REG., p. 76), Walter Marescallus witnessed sale of the lands of Drumsleed by Stephen de Kinnardsley, c. 1218-22 (REB., n, 272), and William Marescalls was temporary provost of Aberdeen, 1281 (REA., n, p. 279). Richard, son of David Marshal of Nudref, and Agnes, daughter of Richard Siwart, knight, had a dispensation in 1290 to intermarry in the fourth degree (Pap. Lett., i, p. 510). Several Marschals are among those who rendered homage in 1296 (Bain, n). Mairschaell 1590, Mairschell 1652, Marchael, Marschel, and Marseille 1458, Marchell 1605, Marschal 1411, Marschale 1458, Marechall 1448, Marschale 1430, Marscheall 1511, MarscheU 1698, Martiall 1684, Merchel c. 1470, Merchell 1567, Mercial 1511, Merschaell 1478, Merschale 1499, MerscheU 1643, Merschiall 1548, Mershael 1590, Mershell 1692, Mersell. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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