Handful of Rogues
Thomas Muir's Enemies of the People
With the French Revolution raging across the Channel, the authorities in Britain were in no mood to hear talk of democratic reform, and so it was that Thomas Muir, a lawyer from Huntershill who publicly proclaimed his 'dangerously radical' views, was tried for sedition, and transported for 14 years. For many, Muir is a revered founding father of Scottish radicalism, while others have dismissed him as flawed and misguided. Hector Macmillan's new biography reassesses Muir's life in the context of his ideas and his turbulent times.