John Muir to be commemorated at Makars' Court

John Muir to be commemorated at Makars' Court Release Date 24 October 2013

At the Culture and Sport Committee on 22 October, approval was granted for the inscribing of a stone at Makars' Court to commemorate John Muir (1838-1914), natural scientist, conservationist and campaigner.

Makars’ Court at the Writers’ Museum celebrates the achievements of Scottish writers and is an ongoing project to create a Scottish equivalent of Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey. John Muir's stone, to be installed in 2014, will be the 38th.

Born in Dunbar in 1838, John Muir emigrated with his parents to Wisconsin in the United States in 1849, where he later campaigned for the preservation of natural environments. He is increasingly recognised as a great Scot who laid the foundations of the modern conservation movement and the world-wide practice of establishing national parks. Muir was awarded honorary literary degrees from the universities of Harvard, Wisconsin, Yale and California, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters made him one of its first members in 1898.

John Muir’s writings inspired many. During his lifetime he wrote over 300 articles and 10 books. Many of his books have never been out of print since they were first published and continue to be read worldwide. He wrote for pleasure, to teach others about the beauty of nature, to keep in touch with loved ones and to campaign to preserve the wilderness.

The proposed inscription, and source of the quotation, are as follows:

John Muir (1838 –1914)
I care only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness.

(from The Life and Letters of John Muir by William Frederic Bade, Volume 11, Chapter XI On Widening Currents 1873-1875. Letter to Mrs Carr from John Muir, Yosemite Valley, 7 October 1874)

Sponsored by the John Muir Birthplace Trust.

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