Can You Crush a Radical? Explore Thomas Muir's Edinburgh

November 20 | 10:00 - 13:00

Edinburgh All Ages Outdoor, Spoken Word / Performance Poetry / Slam History, Local Interest, Scots

This walk from the Castle to Holyrood will explore Thomas Muir's time in Edinburgh while giving a nod to the forces of conservatism ranged against him. This cautious rebel, who called for reform of the corrupt Westminster political system, was tried for sedition in 1793 and transported to Botany Bay for 14 years. We shall visit the site of his 1792 Convention of Societies of Friends of the People and then Parliament Hall, where he was tried for sedition (and where his opponents are commemorated). Muir managed to escape from Australia and make his way to Paris, where he died in 1799. We shall continue to the Political Martyrs' Monument in Calton cemetery, erected to commemorate Muir and his colleagues, before we finish at the Scottish Parliament, where Gordon MacDonald, MSP, will show us around the building. Would Thomas Muir have approved of Holyrood? This walk might be of particular interest to those attending Murray Armstrong's talk about his book on Thomas Muir at Pentlands Book Festival on 19th November in Currie Library. This is a November walk! Please come well-shod and warmly clothed. Parliament is accessible but the walk requires moderate mobility and is unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users.

Free (ticketed)

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0131 453 4517

Venue information

Edinburgh Castle Esplanade



While the Scottish Parliament is accessible, the walk requires moderate mobility and regrettably is unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users.

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