I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause – It shall ultimately prevail – It shall finally triumph. Thomas Muir
The large obelisk in the foreground of this picture stands as a monument to those radical reformers, including Thomas Muir, who were tried, convicted and deported for sedition in 1793.
In the wake of the French and American Revolutions Muir and his associates had been active in a widespread movement for political and social reform in Britain. The movement attracted alarm and extreme sanction from both the political establishment and conservative elements in society.
As we heard at a recent Edinburgh Reads event, Muir is not the household name he should be, something that is being addressed throughout this year, the 250th anniversary of his birth.
As part of the commemorations the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection in Central Library is currently hosting an exhibition entitled Thomas Muir: Father of Scottish Democracy consisting of seven large illustrated panels telling the story of Muir’s life, struggle and legacy.
The exhibition, which has been put together by The Friends of Thomas Muir, will be on display until the end of October.