Scotland has been and is, home to many famous writers and authors such as J. K Rowling the author of Harry Potter, Ian Rankin – Rebus, Irvine Welsh – Trainspotting and Beatrix Potter who created the children’s stories of the captivating Peter Rabbit and friends. One of my favourite’s is J. M. Barrie for the well known production and writings of the boy that never grew up – Peter Pan.
Exploring Kirriemuir Scotland, Peter Pan’s Home
J. M. Barrie grew up in the small village of Kirriemuir located in central Scotland, within the county of Angus and only five miles north of Forfar. Kirriemuir Scotland can be easily reached by car rental from Edinburgh in two hours, if you have time why not stop in the town of Forfar and try the Forfar Bride, a pastry with a hearty meat filling. Please note Sunday is still considered a day of rest in the smaller towns and villages; this includes Forfar and Kirriemuir. While the majority of gift shops etc are closed, you can still find the occasional corner grocery store open.
J. M. Barrie was born on the 9th of May 1860, the family had a weaving business that took over one of the down stairs rooms in the family home, which can still be seen today housing some of the many artifacts now entrusted to the National Trust for Scotland. The childhood home of J M. Barrie houses some of the costumes from Peter Pan, the star struck sign “Second star to the right and straight on till morning” quoted in Star Trek VI. A lovely collection going into great depth of J. M. Barrie’s home life, upbringing and the great accomplishments of later years.
After completing his master’s degree at Edinburgh University, career aspirations in journalism took him to Nottingham and then on to London to freelance.
Peter Pan came to life in 1904 but it wasn’t until 1924 when it became a silent movie and then some years after J. M. Barrie sadly died, it was developed into a play with music and the characters were transformed into the animation that we all love today.
J. M. Barrie died on the 19th June 1937 in London at the age of 77. It was expected that he would lay alongside some of the literally greats at Westminster Abbey, however he left explicit instructions he wanted to return to his home in Kirriemuir.
When you reach the village of Kirriemuir Scotland follow the signs for car parking. Once parked, the village can then be easily explored by foot. In the centre of the village lays a sculpture tribute and within another few feet lays a memorial plaque. You can find the plaque not only to J. M. Barrie but also to other creative’s from Kirriemuir including the once lead singer of AC/DC Ronald Belford Scott – Bon Scott. These are located by the craft buildings in the square, on the ground behind the globe sculpture.
The home of J. M. Barrie is 10 minutes walk from the Peter Pan Sculpture. Once there you can explore the well stocked gift shop and the extensive collection, as well as the adjacent wash house, still containing some of the old facilities including a steel bath! well worth a visit.
A great way to explore the area is by car and accommodation can be found in the local and surrounding areas.
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