MARSHALL, William Elliot. 1826? — Torquay, Devon 21.11.1888. British Colonial Officer and Anthropologist in India. Son of an officer, educated at Rugby. Lieutenant-Colonel of Bengal Staff Corps (1873). Retired as Major-General. Married 186? Caroline Sylvia Hardy, one daughter, one son.
During a furlough in Ootacamund he interested in Todas and conducted his famous study, assisted (especially with language) by Rev. Friedrich Metz of Basel Missionary Society who also compiled the vocabulary appended to the book.
Publications: A Phrenologist amongst the Todas, Or, The Study of a Primitive Tribe in South India. 271 p. 19 photos. L. 1873 (his Travels among the Todas is just another edition of this).
Sources: Stray notes in Internet, Preface to his book, life dates and family in http://airgale.com.au/hardy/d2.htm.