Local hero’s memory to be honoured on a historic anniversary

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Milngavie Pipe Band had the honour of leading the historic 250th anniversary march to honour democracy campaigner Thomas Muir on Saturday.

The event was part of the 250th anniversary commemoration of Muir’s birth, in a programme which included Saturday’s historic march from Calton Hill to the Scottish Parliament by way of the Royal Mile.

It continues a tradition started in 1844, when the ancestors of today’s Friends of Thomas Muir marched in memory of the East Dunbartonshire man banished to the penal colony on Botany Bay for sedition after an establishment show trial.

Back in 1844 a monument to Muir and his achievement was unveiled in Edinburgh in front of a crowd of more than 3,000.

Event organiser Jimmy Watson said: “It’s taken over a year and a half of planning, as Edinburgh’s council wasn’t keen at first to have road delays or closures.”

He added: “But when we met and explained the historic nature of this event they were more than happy to assist.”