F. S. Marsh
The son of James William Marsh, by his marriage to Elizabeth Shipley, he was the eldest son in a family of eight children. Educated at Cambridge, in 1907 Marsh was elected a Tyrwhitt Scholar, and much of his subsequent work was in the field of Syriac studies.
From 1916 to 1919, during the First World War, Marsh served as a chaplain in the armed forces and was gassed, causing harm which continued to trouble him for the rest of his life.
A Fellow of Selwyn College from 1920, Marsh was also a Lecturer from 1920 to 1935, College Dean 1920 to 1924, and College Librarian 1920 to 1929. In 1927 he published The Book of Hierotheos, a translation and critical edition of a set of Syriac manuscripts dating from the 6th century which had been discovered in the 19th century. In 1935 he was appointed to succeed James Bethune-Baker as Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity and moved away from the Syriac field. Founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort in 1502 as a readership, it is the oldest chair at Cambridge, traditionally held by a New Testament scholar.
Under the initials F. S. M., Marsh was also a contributor to the Encyclopædia Britannica.
He retired from his chair in Divinity in 1951, and his successor, C. F. D. Moule, was appointed with effect from 1 October 1951.
- J. F. Coakley, "The teaching of Syriac at Cambridge", in Eugene E. Lemcio, ed., A Man of Many Parts: Essays in Honor of John Westerdale (2015), p. 24
- Graham Stanton, introduction to Patrick Collinson, Richard Rex, Graham Stanton, eds., Lady Margaret Beaufort and Her Professors of Divinity at Cambridge: 1502 to 1649, p. 16
- The Cambridge University Calendar for the Year 1950-51, p. 27
- Europa - the European Who's Who, vol. 2, part 1, 550
- Encyclopædia Britannica, vol. 1 (1952), p. xxxv: "F. S. M. — Fred Shipley Marsh. Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity, Cambridge University."
- The Journal of Education, vol. 83 (1952), p. 270