1883 - 1884


From 1883 – 1884, James M Barrie frequently covered cases as a journalist at Leicester Castle's Great Hall.

Barrie was put to work at three guineas a week, handwriting daily leaders and whimsical Thursday essays attributed to A Modern Peripatetic. A colleague described him as "a craftsman to his fingertips". 

Barrie left the Midlands in 1885. His most famous and enduring work, Peter Pan, had its first stage performance on 27 December 1904.

In 1913 James M Barrie was made a baronet by George V and a member of the Order of Merit in 1922. Before his death in 1937, Barrie gave the rights of Peter Pan to London's Great Ormond Street, which continues to benefit to this very day.