Thomas Muir biographer to visit Rothesay

Rothesay Pavilion will host a talk on the life of Thomas Muir on Saturday, August 29.

Rothesay Pavilion will host a talk on the life of Thomas Muir on Saturday, August 29.

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The author of a new book on the life of Scottish political reformer Thomas Muir, born 250 years ago this week, will visit Rothesay this weekend to talk about his work.

Former journalist Murray Armstrong, author of The Liberty Tree, will appear as the latest guest speaker of Rothesay’s Scottish History Group at the Pavilion on Saturday, August 29.

Muir, often known as Thomas Muir the Younger of Hunters Hill, was born near Glasgow on August 25, 1765; a champion of radical parliamentary reform throughout his adult life, he was one of five men - the ‘Scottish Martyrs’ - sentenced in 1793 to be transported to Australia for publishing pamphlets on parliamentary reform, having been found guilty of “creating disaffection by means of libel and seditious speeches”.