Name: James Matthew Barrie
Birthdate: May 9th 1860
Place of Birth: Kirriemuir, Scotland
Lived in Dumfries? Yes, at 6 Victoria Terrace, Dumfries. Attended Dumfries Academy.
Any Proof? Yes, an inscription on the building which reads:
Sir James Matthew Barrie 1860 – 1937. J M Barrie lived in this house, the home of his brother while a scholar at Dumfries Academy from 1873 to 1878. He regarded his stay in Dumfries as amongst his happiest days. His works include: Dear Brutus, The Little Minister, Quality Street, Peter Pan, The Admirable Crichton, Mary Rose. In 1924 Sir James was made a Freeman of Dumfries the town where Peter Pan was born
Achievements: Famous for writing Peter Pan in 1904. He also wrote various novels and plays from an early age.
Peter Pan is the story of a boy who refused to grow up and was probably inspired by his early relationships.
At school he made friends with Stuart Gordon, son of a solicitor, who lived at Moat Brae House. The garden at the house provided the environment for them to act out their shared imaginary world of pirates and adventures.
The building was left to fall into disrepair after being sold to a private investor but now local groups are trying to preserve the house with quango funding and taxpayers money to make sure it can become one of the tourist landmarks of the region’s cultural history.