The Scottish author J. M. (James Matthew) Barrie, who developed the character of Peter Pan, was born on this day in 1860. The title of a baronet was awarded to him for to his work. Therefore, he became Sir James Matthew Barrie. M. Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland, near the southeastern border of the famous Scottish Highlands. His parents had ten children, and he was the 9th. At the age of 13, his older brother David died, and James Matthew tried to comfort their mother. He even dressed and behaved as David. M. Barrie had many qualities, and became a successful writer and dramatist. He is probably most famous for Peter Pan. This character had appeared in his works in the early 20th century, when Barrie was in his early 40s.
J. M. Barrie gave his rights regarding the character of Peter Pan to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, one of the most famous hospitals in England. It gained considerable financial resources after this gift. Barrie was appointed baronet by the British King George V (the grandfather of the Queen Elizabeth II). Allegedly, his stories amused the queen when she was a child. He died in 1937, aged 77.