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Robert Maxwell Marsh
  • Born 7 September 1852 Springmount, Queen's County (Offaly)
  • Died 20 April 1919, Springmount, Mountrath, Queen's County (Offaly)
  • Educated
  • Occupation Army Officer then Civil Engineer
  • Debut 1883 v The Aldershot Division at Aldershot, Hampshire
  • Cap Number 178
  • Style Hand unknown.
  • Teams

RM Marsh is one of the mysteries of Irish Cricket. There is no record of him having appeared in the game in Ireland, and no other record of him playing has been found. This writer's researches suggest that the player is Robert Maxwell Marsh, son of Francis Marsh of Springmount, Queen's County. He followed his elder brother into the Army, being commissioned inn the 4th Battalion of the Leinster Regiment, from which he retired, with the rank of Major in 1893, and became a Civil Engineer, working in India for many years.

The one match which Marsh played for Ireland helps to confirm the identification. This was against the Aldershot Division on the short tour of 1883. Ireland found it difficult to put a side out for this game, and, besides Marsh, Frank Hearne, the Kent all rounder, who later played Tests for both England and South Africa, and NA Shelton, the Phoenix professional, came into the XI. Marsh may well have been stationed there at the time, and, being of Irish birth, would have been a reasonable choice.

Ireland, despite these changes which removed Horace Hamilton, Jack Nunn and Joe Hynes, from the side, almost recorded an innings win. Marsh, opening the batting with Arthur Fleming, made a useful 24, which set Ireland on their way to a score of over 300. He was married and had two sons. His wife predeceased him by two months. If this article should catch the eyes of any of his descendants, they are asked to contact us if they can add further details about any aspect of his career.