2 thoughts on “Portrait of Marshall Fowler

  1. The Fowler family were originally from Sunderland, prior to the purchase of Preston Hall. As was common practice then and perhaps even now, the ‘ great n’ good’ married amongst themselves. In this case, it was amongst the Taylor and Stapylton (Stapleton) landowning families of Norton.

    Polycarpus Taylor had been a Royal Navy rear-admiral, being orig. from Greenwich,Kent he had settled in Norton where in 1760 he built a large house which is still visible near to the duck-pond.

    Whilst Preston Hall was evidently sold to the Ropner shipbuilding / engineering family in 1882, it is recorded that a Marshall Robinson Fowler (the gentleman above?), died at Preston Hall in January 1895? Was he visiting? A guest?

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