- Born: 1824, Stirlingshire, UK
- Marriage (1): Agnes Harley on 22 Mar 1864 1
- Marriage (2): Christian Aitken in 1848 in Torbrex, County of Stirling , Scotland, UK
- Died: 27 Jan 1893, Hawthorne, Victoria, Australia at age 69 1
David Marshall was born in Stirlingshire on a farming estate called Auchenbowie, about five miles south of the city of Stirling. His father was an agricultural labourer, and according to the 1841 census, that term included occupations such as "shepherd, ploughman, carter or waggoner". David Marshall in this census (he was then 16) was also listed as an "agricultural labourer". In the 1851 census he was living in the city of Stirling and listed as a "carter".
Auchenbowie in the 1850s was one of the nine "principal estates" in the parish of St. Ninian's. Samuel Lewis described St Ninians in 1851 as an ancient rural society, albeit in a transitional state due to agricultural and industrial changes. There were about 10,000 inhabitants of the parish, of whom 1200 lived in the actual village of St Ninians, one mile south of the town of Stirling. The Auchenbowie estate was situated about two miles further south.
The 1851 census records him living at 49 King Street, Stirling.
He sailed from Glasgow on May 27 on the Sophia Burbidge and arrived in Melbourne on 12 September 1853. The barque was small, only 435 tons, which gave the 177 steerage passengers minimal living space.
David married Agnes Harley, daughter of Michael Harley and Living, on 22 Mar 1864.1 (Agnes Harley was born in 1842 in Larbert, County of Stirling. 1.)
David next married Christian Aitken, daughter of Living and Living, in 1848 in Torbrex, County of Stirling , Scotland, UK. (Christian Aitken was born in 1824 and died in Mar 1854.)