+45J M Barrie (Creator of Peter Pan) – Our Neighbour!
Since transferring again to Dumfries, I used to be shocked to find that the well-known writer of Peter Pan J.M. Barrie lived subsequent door at quantity 6 Victoria Terrace all the way through his years at Dumfries Academy. I used to be even additional intrigued to find that it was once all the way through his time right here that the Peter Pan tales have been vividly performed out in J M Barrie’s younger creativeness while taking part in in a location this is now beneath risk of disappearing.
James Matthew Barrie was once born on Might ninth 1860 in Kirriemuir Scotland. He started writing many tales at an early age which he known as “thrums” and all over his lifestyles till he died on 19th Might 1937 he wrote a lot of extremely acclaimed novels and performs, on the other hand his most famed paintings Peter Pan (1904) will make sure that his position in historical past.
His tale of a boy who refused to develop up, ceaselessly heading off the sector of maturity is known around the globe and is synonymous with stars corresponding to Michael Jackson and Sir Cliff Richards.
James lived at 6 Victoria Terrace, Dumfries along with his older brother Alexander while he attended Dumfries Academy from the age of 13 till he was once 18. There’s an inscription lower into the sandstone façade of the home which reads:
“Sir James Matthew Barrie 1860 – 1937. J M Barrie lived on this space, the house of his brother whilst a pupil at Dumfries Academy from 1873 to 1878. He seemed his keep in Dumfries as among his happiest days. His works come with: Pricey Brutus, The Little Minister, High quality Side road, Peter Pan, The Admirable Crichton, Mary Rose. In 1924 Sir James was once made a Freemason of Dumfries town the place Peter Pan was once born”
On his first day on the academy he befriended the son of a neighborhood solicitor whose circle of relatives lived at Moat Brae Area close to the varsity. Some of the sons Stuart Gordon shared James’s vibrant creativeness for pirates and fairies and at the side of their imaginary pirate staff the massive lawn on the rear of the home formed and impressed the tale.
Moat Brae and the gardens latterly become a nursing house till it ceased in 1997 when it was once offered to a personal investor. From this date till April 2008 when it was once offered to the Loreburn Housing Affiliation little consideration was once paid to the material and situation of the construction and sadly it has fallen in to an overly unhappy state of restore, which culminated in 2009 reviews that the home could also be demolished.
Fortunately the Peter Pan motion crew at the moment are within the technique of setting up the Peter Pan Moat Brae Consider to try to save the construction and gardens so that they may be able to stay as an enduring reminder of the authors time in Dumfries and particularly to keep where the place the fantastic tale of Peter Pan was once born.
With 2010 being the 150th anniversary of J M Barrie’s start and March 2010 webhosting “Peter Pan Week” shall we hope that this ancient Georgian Area and Gardens can live to tell the tale and be an important landmark within the Peter Pan tale.