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Moat Brae was designed by Dumfries architect Walter Newall in 1823 for local solicitor Robert Threshie. At one time it was known as ‘Number One Dumfries‘ and had been a significant property in the town, both as a private residence and as a private hospital/nursing home which was held in great affection by the people of Dumfries and Galloway.

Moat Brae was abandoned to neglect and vandalism in the late 1990’s and the Peter Pan Action Group was set up in 2009 to start the next chapter in the great adventure of this historic house.

Illuminated as part of Big Burns Supper

But the reason for saving this listed Georgian townhouse and its enchanted land is that it was also acknowledged by J.M Barrie. as the inspiration for his legendary story – Peter Pan.