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Approval Given for Demolishing Interior of John Muir's Birthplace in Scotland

November 16 2001 at 9:51 AM
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A CONTROVERSIAL proposal to demolish the interior of the Dunbar birthplace of conservationist John Muir has been given the go-ahead.

A letter from Allan Wilson MSP, the deputy minister for sport, the arts and culture, will arrive at East Lothian Council today confirming the ruling

Muir, a hero in the US for helping to create the country’s national park system, was born in 1838 in the three-storey High Street. Earlier this year, the John Muir Birthplace Trust drew up plans to gut the house and turn the shell into a hi-tech visitor centre with the help of £300,000 of lottery funding.

What began as a local dispute morphed into an international cause celebre thanks to an active opposition campaign. Articles appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times and even Muir’s great-grandson, Bill Hanna, a wine grower, spoke out against the plan from California.

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