Muir’s at 90: Montreal’s loss was Maxville’s gain
BY MARGARET CALDBICK
Staff On Saturday, Tartan Day, members from the Montreal Black Watch Regimental Pipes & Drums volunteered for a special mission to honour a Scottish institution in Canada, Muir’s Bakery in Maxville.
Muir’s turns 90 this year, a fact that didn’t escape drummer Ross Larman who knew the Muir family in Montreal before the bakery moved to Maxville in 1997.
It was in 1996, on New Year’s Day, that the Black Watch Regimental Pipes & Drums played the entire day in front of of the bakery to honour and mourn the loss of Montreal’s beloved Scottish bakery.
The band members repeated the tribute on Saturday afternoon, setting up on the sidewalk in front of Muir’s and bringing traffic to a willing stop as Highland dancer Elise Quinn from the Stevenson School of Highland Dance in Montreal performed.
Inside, owners Cheryl Latimer and her husband Ron, son Matt and the bakery’s student employees, were so busy they couldn’t spare a moment for a photo, scrambling to serve scores of people lined up to buy boxes of traditional Scottish fresh-out-of-theoven home baking.
On fare were Scottish meat pies, Bridies (a delicious beef-filled pastry), hot sausage rolls, Empire biscuits, oat cakes, and other traditional Scottish and Canadian recipes. Cheryl Latimer reports that she has customers in every corner of Canada, specifically for the bakery’s famous Haggis, the Muir family’s recipe.
Muir’s tearoom tables were packed with the bakery’s fans for
DANCING IN THE STREET: On the occasion of Muir’s Bakery’s 90th anniversary, Highland dancer Elise Quinn from the Stevenson School of Highland Dance in Montreal performs accompanied by visiting members of the Montreal Black Watch Regimental Pipes & Drums.
THE NEXT GENERATION: Matt Latimer, left, son of Cheryl and Ron Latimer, owners of Muir’s Bakery in Maxville, and parttime student worker Lukas Willems from the village, take a rare break.