Friday 2nd – Friday 30th November 2018
Murray Armstrong “The Rebel that Scotland Forgot”
Currie Library Monday 19 November at 6.30pm
Thomas   Muir   was   a   rebel   of   major   significance.   Leader   of   the   widespread movement   for   parliamentary   reform   that   spread   throughout   Scotland   in   the summer and autumn of 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   Armstrong   was   born   in   Airdrie   and   lived   in   Glasgow   before   moving to   London   many,   many   years   ago.   London   is   now   his   home.   He   is   a   retired journalist, most recently associate editor of the Guardian. This talk will be chaired by Eric Melvin, former Head Teacher at Currie Community High School, and a distinguished local historian in his own right.          
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