||J. M. Barrie OM was a historically significant person of Scotland.|
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Author of Peter Pan
James Matthew Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland on 9 May 1860. His father David Barrie was a hand-loom weaver, and his mother Margaret Ogilvie, the daughter of a stone-mason. He was the 9th of their ten children. Two had already died before he was born.
When he was six years old his elder brother David died the day before his 14th birthday in an ice-skating accident. His mother never recovered from losing David whom James thought of as her favourite child. This had a major effect on James and his future work.
After being educated at Glasgow, Forfar then Dumfries Academy he studied literature at the University of Edinburgh graduating with an MA in 1882. His extensive literary career took him to London and included novels, biographies, plays and other theatre works.
He is however best remembered as the creator and author of the Peter Pan works. The characters were originally created to amuse the children of family friends Arthur and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies.
Copyright of Peter Pan and Great Ormond Street Hospital (for children) London
Barrie's house in Bayswater London was close to Great Ormond Street hospital. Barrie donated to the hospital. In 1929, Barrie unexpectedly and generously gifted his copyright of Peter Pan to GOSH. The hospital still receives funding from this gift, 
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