Technical description: Soundboard of spruce; back, ribs, neck and head of sycamore; fingerboard, tailpiece and tail-gut protector of ebony; pegs and endpin of rosewood. Soundboard of close grained wood, Purfling of ebony/sycamore/ebony. Arch of soundboard 16mm. Plugged positioning holes at top and bottom. Varnish worn away when the chin rests against the soundboard. Golden brown varnish. Two piece back, 16mm arch, medium depth of figure rising from the centre to the edges. Neck and head of one piece with bird's-eye figure. Neck 130 long; fingerboard 267 long, 22.6 wide at nut, 40.4 wide at bottom. Ebony enlarging piece at heel, suggesting neck and head may not be original.
Specific usage history: Formerly owned and played by William Marshall (1749-1833), Scottish fiddler-composer of Keithmore, County of Banff.
Colin Marshall Skinner, great-great-grandson of William Marshall; almost certainly the violin presented to Marshall by the Duke of Gordon whilst in his service.; Gift of Colin Marshall Skinner and Mrs Phyllis Barbara Skinner (widow of James Hay McInnes Skinner, great-great grandson of William Marshall), 1965.