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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
+44 1575 572646
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 5 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
Reviewed 22 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

Thank thetravellingmanUk
Reviewed 22 July 2017

This is a must see visit to see where the creator of Peter Pan grew up. Well worth going yo visit here as a quaint home that JM Barrie Grew up in.

Thank roseannc718
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Enjoyed the exhibition, rooms and washhouse. However, the NTS representative was very hard sell, trying to get us to sign up for membership at least 4 times despite saying we weren't interested. She asked us to leave bags with her, which is fine for larger...More

Thank Sheherizad
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We found the property easily enough but couldn't figure how to get in as there was no sign from the street. We round the back and found a sign pointing to a large house away from JM Barrie's house. Then out popped a lady from...More

Thank prolificmary
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Limited opening times at present, so check before you plan a visit. Very interesting place, quite small but you can imagine JM Barrie getting his inspiration for Peter Pan.

Thank Brian E
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

We parked in the council car park which is free for 2 hours. Then it's only a 3 minute walk. My husband and I enjoyed the visit.

Thank Lawriesj
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This small cottage where JM Barrie was brought up as a child. It gives a real view of how he lived and how it influenced his writing.

Thank WickersWorld50
Reviewed 7 May 2017

We arrived to hear the NT Advisor named Caroline badgering an older lady into purchasing a year's National Trust pass for herself or for a member of a family - the lady politely refused a number of times and still this NT Advisor persisted. It...More

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