Sir James Matthew Barrie, Baronet (May 9, 1860 - June 19, 1937), more commonly known as J. M. Barrie, was a Scottish novelist and dramatist. He is best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan.
Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Angus and was educated at Dumfries Academy and Edinburgh University. He became a journalist at Nottingham, then London, and became a novelist. The first two novels were set in Kirriemuir, disguised as "Thrums" (his father was a weaver). He then wrote for the theatre, including Quality Street, What Every Woman Knows and The Admirable Crichton. But he is remembered mainly for Peter Pan, which he based on his friends, the Llewellyn-Davies boys.
He died in 1937 and was interred at Kirriemuir, next to his parents, sister and brother David.
A movie about him, Finding Neverland, will be released in the October 2004, starring Johnny Depp as Barrie.