Thomas Muir was a rebel of major significance, the leader of the widespread movement for parliamentary reform that spread throughout Scotland in 1792. He was arrested and accused of sedition for daring to propose universal male suffrage as a democratic reform to the aristocratically controlled parliament in Westminster. He was convicted and transported to Botany Bay, from where he escaped and, after many adventures, he reached France where he represented the Scottish democrats and the United Irishmen in the counsels of republican Paris. He was internationally famous but with the passage of time became forgotten in his home country, where he is now being slowly recognised as the father of Scottish democracy. Murray Armstrong, author of The Liberty Tree: the Story of Thomas Muir and Scotland's First Fight for Democracy, will speak on Muir and his legacy. Muir's shadow fell over the radical revival after Waterloo in 1815 and he was an inspiration to the rebels of the 'Radical War' in the west of Scotland in 1820, the subject of Armstrong's forthcoming book. Murray was born in Airdrie and lived in Glasgow before moving to London many years ago. He is a retired journalist, most recently associate editor of The Guardian.
210 Lanark Road West
There is a wheelchair ramp up to the entrance of the building, and wheelchair accessible toilets inside. There is off-road parking available outside the venue. The 44 and 45 buses go past the door of the library.