Cabinet secretary all set for Kirrie visit

The camera obscura is situated in the cricket pavilion on Kirrie Hill
The camera obscura is situated in the cricket pavilion on Kirrie Hill

Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop will visit Kirriemuir this month as part of a tour of renowned cultural Angus landmarks.

Ms Hyslop, who had been invited to the county by local MSP Graeme Dey, will be shown J.M Barrie’s birthplace before travelling to the nearby Camera Obscura.

The Culture and External Affairs Secretary will also visit Arbroath during the visit on Wednesday, August 14.

Both Barrie’s birthplace in Brechin Road, and the camera obscura at Kirrie Hill, are two of the areas most popular tourist attractions.

Mr Dey said he is looking forward to welcoming Ms Hyslop and guiding her round some of the area’s most treasured sites.

He continued: “J.M Barrie is synonymous with Kirriemuir so I am delighted that the Cabinet Secretary has accepted my invitation to visit the great man’s birthplace and tour some of our most iconic heritage locations.

“There is so much to see and do in this county and this visit is a great way of promoting that.”

Ms Hyslop will no doubt be charmed during her visit to Barrie’s birthplace at 9 Brechin Road. J M Barrie, the creator of much-loved character Peter Pan and a celebrated novelist and dramatist, was born in this two-storied house on May 9, 1860.

The upper floors are furnished much as they may have been when Barrie lived here. You can also visit an exhibition – ‘The Genius of J M Barrie’ – in the adjacent house (No. 11), which focuses on Barrie’s literary and theatrical works. Barrie’s very first plays were rehearsed and performed in the outside wash-house, which served as his first theatre. The garden has been redeveloped to include a living-willow crocodile and a Peter Pan statue – as well as other statues celebrating Barrie’s most famous work.

The camera obsucra, part of the cricket pavilion gifted to the town by the playwright, is also a must-see visitor attraction.