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“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 (Aug 1793)
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2015 year marks the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Thomas Muir, the prominent Scottish radical, which occurred on 24 August 1765. Events are being held throughout the year, many of them organised by the Friends of Thomas Muir organisation.
The commemoration has already featured on STV, STV Glasgow, and on BBC Radio’s Saturday Good Morning Scotland programme.
As the leading voice of reform in Scotland, Muir suffered persecution and ultimately transportation for sedition for advocating democratic principles in Scotland.
As a national figure associated with the ideals of democracy, Muir was essentially a democrat who believed in the people when the majority were not allowed to vote.
The first political prisoners transported to Australia were convicted in Edinburgh and were known as the "Scottish Political Martyrs."