James Matthew Barrie
A Scottish author born in Kirriemuir in 1860, best remembered today as the creator of ‘Peter Pan’. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. In 1897 he met the Llewelyn Davies boys, who subsequently became his inspiration to writing ‘Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up’—a fairy play about an ageless boy, an ordinary girl Wendy and their adventures in a fantasy world called Neverland. The play was performed innumerable times before it was transformed in 1911 into a novel known as ‘Peter and Wendy’. Before his death, Barrie gave the rights to ‘Peter Pan’ to the London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, which to this day continues to benefit from them.