MSP urges Holyrood to celebrate Thomas Muir

Contemporary scene of Botany Bay - where Muir was able to buy a house, and from which he later escaped.
Contemporary scene of Botany Bay - where Muir was able to buy a house, and from which he later escaped.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod has officially asked for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Muir to be officially celebrated by the Scottish Parliament – ahead of a special reception and commemorative march to be staged at Holyrood on September 23.

The SNP politician reminded Parliament that Muir was tried and found guilty of sedition in 1793, and was banished to Botany Bay for 14 years - and that his supposed crime was to have advocated universal voting rights and parliamentary reform.

She also wanted it to be acknowledged that during his trial he made dramatic use of the opportunity to speak out in favour of democratic equality for all people.

The commemorative march from Calton Hill to Holyrood is on October 3, and is being organised by the Friends of Thomas Muir.