Home of democracy champ vandalised

thomas muir hand in
thomas muir hand in

VANDALS have attacked the 18th-century family home of ‘the father of Scottish democracy’ for the second time in a month.

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

His passion for social justice influenced the causes of democracy and free speech right across the globe.

Huntershill House is owned by East Dunbartonshire Council and is subject to a forthcoming council asset review, but the building is currently in a state of disrepair and has been closed to members of the public for nearly five years.

Jimmy Watson, of the Friends of Thomas Muir group, said: “Huntershill House is important not just for Bishopbriggs, but from a national and international point of view.

“Something needs to be done to protect it, but we have to take the lead from the council on this.”

The latest attack by vandals took place on Sunday, April 3.

The main door was kicked in, windows smashed and damage caused inside the building.

A spokesperson for East Dunbartonshire Council said: “Following this most recent spate of vandalism all windows at Huntershill House have been boarded up and secured to prevent further unauthorised access and all doors have also been secured.

“The building is being regularly inspected to ensure it remains secure.

“The council is currently assessing all options for the future of Huntershill House and a report will be presented to the appropriate committee with options for its future use.”