Australia honours Muir

thomas muir hand in
thomas muir hand in

THOMAS MUIR, the man hailed as ‘the father of Scottish democracy’, is to be included in a prestigious ‘Dictionary of Sydney’ in recognition of his work in Australia.

Muir - born in 1765 - lived at Huntershill House in Bishopbriggs as a youngster.

His work across the globe in championing the causes of democracy and freedom of speech saw him recognised in Australia, where he is also considered one of that nation’s founding fathers.

Dr Beverley Sherry, a professor at the University of Sydney, visited Huntershill Village last year while on a trip to Scotland.

Dr Sherry, a resident of the Sydney suburb Hunters Hill, said: “Thomas Muir and the Scottish Martyrs will be recognized in the Dictionary of Sydney and I’m currently preparing the entry on Muir.

“I am also proposing a plaque to Muir and the Martyrs in Sydney, in the location of their brick huts at the Circular Quay area.”