First festival for ‘Father of Scottish Democracy’ in 150 years

thomas muir hand in
thomas muir hand in

THE life of the “Father of Scottish Democracy” is to be commemorated in a special festival later this year.

Thomas Muir, who was born in 1765 and lived at Huntershill House in Bishopbriggs, was one of the world’s foremost political reformers.

His passion for social justice influenced nations far beyond these shores.

Muir was so highly regarded that he was made a citizen of France and is considered one of Australia’s founding fathers.

Now the last weekend in May is to host the first Thomas Muir festival in more than 150 years.

Jimmy Watson, festival organiser and Friends of Thomas Muir member, said: “If you believe in freedom of speech, democracy and the jury system, then you have Thomas Muir to thank.”

Events over the weekend will include traditional music, children’s theatre, a Thomas Muir Exhibition, talks, plays and readings.

See this week’s Herald for the full story.