Narcissus Marsh was born in Hannington, near Crickdale, Wiltshire on 20 December 1638 and died in Dublin on 2 November 1713. Marsh was born to a landed family in Wiltshire. After attending several schools, he was admitted to Magdalen Hall, Oxford in 1655, graduating BA in 1658, and being elected to a Fellowship at Exeter College. He proceeded to the MA in 1660, was ordained deacon and priest in 1662, was presented to his first living (at Swindon), then promptly resigned it and returned to Oxford. He preached his first sermon at Oxford in 1664, served as chaplain to Seth Ward and to Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, and became pro-proctor in 1665. He also continued his studies, becoming BD (1667) and DD (1671), before becoming Principal of St Alban Hall in 1673.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.