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JM Barrie's Birthplace

9 Brechin Road, Kirriemuir DD8 4BX, Scotland
+44 1575 572646
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J M Barrie, author, playwright and creator of the much loved character Peter Pan, was born in this house on 9 May 1860. It was here that he spent his early years, growing up immersed in the traditions of the small weaving community, and finding inspiration in everything around him. The house is now a museum dedicated to telling the story of J M Barrie. The exhibition rooms explore Barrie's life, the inspirations of his childhood and adult life, his route to success, literary and stage works, and his enduring connection with Kirriemuir. Furniture and personal items that belonged to Barrie help to tell the story. Elsewhere in the house two rooms have been recreated to appear as they would have done when Barrie was a boy. Along with the wash house, where Barrie rehearsed and performed his childhood plays, these rooms give visitors a sense of what life was like in the busy Barrie household. The house gives a remarkable insight into J M Barrie’s formative childhood years – in which the seeds of Peter Pan were sown. The tragic death of his older brother David in a skating accident left his mother inconsolable and Barrie has written of the times he sat on the cottage stairs and wept. He realised that even when he had grown into a man, his mother would always regard David as ‘the boy who wouldn’t grow up’. The house features furniture, fittings and day-to-day effects which would be familiar to Barrie and his family, as well as memorabilia associated with his later celebrity. Items include Barrie’s cradle; the silk christening robe used for Barrie and his nine siblings, which was also loaned out to other families in the parish; a copy of Barrie’s contract of payment promising the young Princess Margaret royalties of one penny per performance of his last play, The Boy David; the large oak settle from his Adelphi flat; and Barrie’s original desk from his London flat. The house also incorporates an exhibition room with a tableau of the young Barrie being told stories by his mother and examples of the original costumes worn at the first production of Peter Pan. The communal wash-house located outside the house was to play an important part in Barrie’s childhood. He performed his first play there (at the age of seven!) and, according to his dedication in Peter Pan, it was the inspiration behind the house that the Lost Boys built for Wendy in Never-Never Land.
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9 Brechin Road, Kirriemuir DD8 4BX, Scotland
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Dear NTS, after our visit to the birthplace of JM Barrie, you lost a renewal from my daughter, and you failed to get my other daughter to join. You caused such bad feeling, in our group, that we didn't want to stay, so I hope...More

Thank DavidC856
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Decided as it was s nice day, to take s trip out to this quaint iconic place. I was s lovely place and a fitting tribute to a man of whom the village is justifiably proud. What a shame though that it was spoiled by...More

Thank lam6359
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Simple little cottage that gives some history of JM Barrie. Worth a visit if you’re in the area. I’m a NTS member so didn’t get the hard sell from the receptionist (referred to in other reviews), although a couple were signing up when we arrived...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This small cottage has a wealth of material about the life and works of JM Barrie. Until visiting here I was unaware of how extensive his literary contribution was. Moreover, I knew little about his life in Scotland and London. There are panels with information...More

Thank jon0269
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

We were late the first time so we returned the next day. I was a bit skeptical about all the hype since I wasn't a fan of Peter Pan in my youth. I was pleasantly surprised to learn of the popularity of the story as...More

Thank Larry B
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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

We were greeted well by the lady in the shop who then proceeded to aggressively sign us all up to National Trust and did the same to everyone that entered after us; being very rude to one poor lady who refused. The house itself was...More

Thank amelia80
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

The birthplace was interesting however we had to wait 15minutes before we could start. We (Australian dad, mum and 11yr old son) were 3 of 5 people attempting to enter, the other 2 being a couple of Canadian ladies (mother and daughter) however we all...More

2  Thank Ken E
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Took my class here as part of their Scottish Studies. The lady in charge was very helpful and provided them with quizzes which helped maintain their interest. They were all fascinated by this glimpse into the past. The Cottage was well preserved and very quaint....More

Thank 109ray
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

Interesting insight into the personality, works & life of Peter Pan author J M Barrie. Original cottage where he was born, with quotes from many of his books, photographs etc. Also the wash house in the garden. Small gift shop where the guide does a...More

Thank Weirdytwins
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

Came back to Kirriemuir to view this property after a failed visit earlier in the year. Lovely cottage which gives a real feeling for the period that JM Barrie grew up in. Downstairs is a room set up as a study with the author's writing...More

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