187 1.00pm Thu 20 Aug 2015
Gavin meets with Murray Armstrong to learn about Thomas Muir of Huntershill
To mark the 250th Anniversary the Father of Scottish Democracy Thomas Muir, Gavin will be meeting Journalist and Author Murray Armstrong to discuss his book The Liberty Tree, about the Scottish political reformer at the Martyrs' Monument : It was built in 1844 by architect Thomas Hamilton (1784 - 1858) to commemorate the five political martyrs of 1793, who were charged with sedition and transported to Australia for demanding legal and parliamentary reform. The monument is 27.4m (90 feet) in height and speaks for itself: It includes the following quotations: "I have devoted myself to the cause of The People. It is a good cause - it shall ultimately prevail - it shall finally triumph." Speech of Thomas Muir in the Court of Judiciary on the 30th August 1793. "I know that what has been done these two days will be Re-Judged." Speech of William Skirving in the Court of Judiciary on the 7th January, 1794.
Gavin Taylor, Murray Armstrong
Political Martyrsâ€™ Monument Edinburgh EH1 3BJ
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