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John Muir Birthplace


John Muir was born in Dunbar on 21st April 1838 and his first home is now the John Muir Birthplace, a museum and visitor centre located on Dunbar High Street in South East Scotland. John was a pioneer of the modern conservation movement and is remembered as the father of the national parks movement. From 1892 to 1914 he was the founding President of the Sierra Club, now the largest conservation organisation in the world. He was a prolific writer and his books are rarely long out of print. His writings and his message continue to inspire.

All photographs documenting fieldwork in Dunbar are copyright of Scottish Natural Heritage.

For further information on John Muir available from several interest groups, see the following links. Please note that CyArk is not responsible for the content of external websites:


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