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Peter Pan home to be transformed into literary centre

August 2 2011

Peter Pan home to be transformed into literary centre
Moat Brae House, a red sandstone Georgian property which inspired JM Barrie to pen the tale of Peter Pan, is to be restored and transformed into a Scottish centre for children’s literature.

Currently derelict the imposing townhouse once played host to Barrie as a child, when he would play amongst the buildings grand grounds.

Latterly the property operated as a nursing home but has lain vacant since 1997. It still boasts extravagant period features including a doric frieze and domed glass roof.

The Trust, with assistance from Joanna Lumley, is currently engaged in a £750k fundraising initiative in order to cover the purchase cost of the structure and undertake urgent repairs.

A second fundraising round will follow, allowing construction of a café and shop together with redevelopment of a terraced riverside garden.

Project development director Cathy Agnew, said: “It is a very fitting legacy for JM Barrie - this was his enchanted land which was the genesis for his character of Peter Pan.”

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