Dorothy Marshall (historian)

Dorothy Marshall (26 March 1900 – 13 February 1994) was an English social historian.[1]

She was educated at Preston grammar school and Girton College, Cambridge, where her tutor was Eileen Power.[1] She researched her PhD at the London School of Economics. In 1926 it was published as The English Poor in the Eighteenth Century.[1] Marshall worked at Bedford College, Durham University and finally Cardiff University, where one of her pupils was Roy Jenkins.[1] In his memoirs, Jenkins wrote: "I think her teaching may have been crucial. I desperately needed coaching in the writing of Oxford-style history essays. Even she could not get me a scholarship, but with her help I secured in March 1938 my entry to Balliol".[2]


  • The English Poor in the Eighteenth Century (London: George Routledge & Sons, 1926).
  • English People in the Eighteenth Century (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1956).
  • Eighteenth Century England (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1962).
  • Lord Melbourne (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1975)


  1. ^ a b c d The Times (17 February 1994), p. 19.
  2. ^ Roy Jenkins, A Life at the Centre (London: Macmillan, 1991), p. 24.