“Can You Crush a Radical?”
Thomas Muir’s Edinburgh
A walk down the Royal Mile
Tuesday 20 November at 10am
An historical walk to Holyrood
This walk from the top of the Royal Mile 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. Muir managed to escape from Australia and
make his way to Paris, where he died in 1799.
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). 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 round the building.
Would Thomas Muir have approved of Holyrood?
Liz Beevers has led history walks for the City of Edinburgh Adult Education
department, the Workers’ Educational Association and for local history
societies. Originally a history teacher, she has always taken an interest in
local history and now prefers her history “on the hoof”.
Despite her father’s prediction she has become more radical with age.
This walk might be of particular interest to those who attend Murray
Armstrong’s talk about his book on Thomas Muir, “The Liberty Tree” at the
Pentlands Book Festival on 19th November in Currie Library.
This is a November walk! Please come well shod and warmly clothed.
The Parliament is accessible but the walk requires moderate mobility and
regrettably is unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users.
There are only twenty places so please book by phoning Liz Beevers on 0131 453 4517
Meeting details will be given when you call