Thomas Muir

Thomas Muir (1765-1799) was a Scottish lawyer who, influenced by the French Revolution, advocated parliamentary and constitutional reforms. For reading an inflammatory address at a radical convention in Edinburgh (1792) and distributing an allegedly seditious pamphlet, he was transported to New South Wales. He escaped and, following extraordinary adventures and hardships attempting to reach the United States, died in France. Courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography

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Oct 1794

Scottish Martyrs transported

Thomas Muir, Thomas Palmer, William Skirving and Maurice Margarot are sentenced to transportation to New South Wales for their part in advocating parliamentary and constitutional reform in Britain. Their radical ideas are influenced by the French Revolution and, together with Joseph Gerrald who was transported later, they become known as the Scottish Martyrs.

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Thomas Muir, Published as the Act directs by J.S. Jordan, July 15, 1795.