The Trials of Thomas Muir

Tune into ABC Radio National’s Hindsight Program this Sunday afternoon at 2 (or download the podcast) to hear Dictionary of Sydney author Dr Beverley Sherry talking about the life, letters and trial of Scottish political prisoner Thomas Muir with other historians and experts from Scotland.

'An account of the trial of Thomas Muir, Esq. younger, of Huntershill, before the High Court of Justiciary at Edinburgh, on the 30th and 31st days of August, 1793, for sedition' (1794), from the John Adams Library at the Boston Public Library, via The Internet Archive

One of the Scottish Martyrs, Thomas Muir was transported to Sydney in 1794 when he was found guilty of sedition in Edinburgh after distributing Thomas Paine’s The Rights of Man, escaping from the colony in 1796 on the American ship Otter.

We’re looking forward to publishing Dr Sherry’s entry on Thomas Muir on the Dictionary with our next build in March!

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One Response to The Trials of Thomas Muir

  1. pellethepoet says:

    I wonder if they’ll make use of Adam McNaughton’s song about Thomas Muir, “Thomas Muir of Huntershill” – http://www.dickgaughan.co.uk/songs/texts/thommuir.html

    Thanks for the heads up!

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