Alexander Muir 1830-1906
Alexander Muir (1830-1906)
There are two plaques about this gentleman.
Both can be seen on this page.
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2007
Photo Source - Wikipedia
Plaque coordinates: 43.663153 -79.327211
Principal of nearby Leslieville Public School who was inspired to write Canada's national song "The Maple Leaf Forever" by the falling leaves of this sturdy maple tree.
Plaque coordinates: 43.647597 -79.425015
Alexander Muir (1830-1906) Schoolmaster, poet and the author of "The Maple Leaf Forever," lived here from 1891-1901. He was inspired to write the song in 1867 following a walk in Leslie Gardens, during which a Maple leaf is said to have fallen and clung to his sleeve. Muir was born in Lesmahagow, Scotland, and came to Upper Canada with his parents at an early age. He was educated in his father's school in Scarborough, and at Queen's University. After teaching in various centres, he became the principal of Gladstone Avenue Public School in 1888.
Photo Source - Wikipedia
Posted May 23, 2012
Muir was principal of Brock Public School in 1887-88. Located between Brock Ave. and Margueretta St. in the College-Dufferin area, the school is marking its 125th anniversary this year. Celebrations are planned for November 2012, including a fundraising dinner at Famous People Players. Contact Leo Darmitz for information on this and other events: email@example.com Leo is also working to identify students in class photos across the decades. If you're in one, feel free to get in touch with him. -Wayne
Posted May 23, 2012
This song is a prime example of a colonial mindset in which Canada could only be celebrated insofar as it was British. While its author might be forgiven for having 19th century tunnel vision, his powerful music nevertheless cheated the nation for decades with lyrics referencing British symbols, battles, and monarchy. Such misguided patriotism toward Britain in a Canadian guise continues today for those insisting Canada retain a European monarchy.
Posted March 19, 2010
I'm doing Canada for my historica fair and I'm also including the song The Maple Leaf Forever and all about Alexander Muir
Posted June 29, 2009
It's too bad that the song is out of favour. Obviously pro-British, but the interesting thing is it shows how three nationalities (which historically didn't always get along) came together to (help) make a great country - to the extent that the census doesn't distinguish between them today. The tune is catchy too.
Posted May 23, 2009
I went to Alexander Muir School on Prospect Street in Newmarket Ontario from Grade 1-6 and everyday we sang that beautiful song "The Maple Leaf Forever". In the main hall way of our school hung a picture of Alexander Muir, this picture now resides at the museum on Main Street in Newmarket Ontario. I still remember the words and it still gives me goose bumps to read it , even to this day. I loved my years at this School and unfortunately couldn't go to their reunion years ago. I remember all my teachers names from Gr.1 -Miss Haines Gr.2- Mrs Dunstan Gr.3- Mrs Walker Gr.4- Mrs Eadde Gr.5-Mr Ford Gr.6- Mr Rennolds who was also our Principal. I Remember the tube fire escape from the Gr.3 Classroom. They were the best years of my childhood and the Maple trees that surrounded the school said it all.
Former Student Eileen Ryan 1959- 1967 firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted May 11, 2009
I sang this song with a choir while living in Toronto. It would have been our second anthem during the early '50s. I loved it but upon reading it now I can understand why it has gone out of favour.
Janet Bathgate nee Marshman
Posted January 18, 2009
This song just rocks, really!
Posted December 8, 2008
I never knew that Alexander Muir has a connection to me. Alexander Muir was my grandmother's grandfather's cousin. My grandmother's maiden name is Muir. I called her up upon driving by Alexander Muir park on Yonge Street and asked if there was a relation and to my surprise and honour there was!
Posted July 14, 2008
I took my ESL class from Québec to visit A.M. Park...they were quite impressed, they even sang the "Maple Leaf Forever". Thanks for posting it on-line!
Posted June 27, 2008
I too am from Saskatchewan, and remember this song, although it was sung in our class in the 60s more as a curiosity piece, as it had come to be recognized as quite exclusionary. Nevertheless, it is an important artifact of our history, as well as being musically and lyrically interesting.
Posted May 29, 2008
I remember singing this song when I was in Grades 4, 5, and 6 in Wynyard Saskatchewan. And that was in 1954, 1955 and 1956. I wonder why this is not our national anthem, but after getting the words I understand. But I have thought for a long time that this should still be our National Anthem or at least the second one.
Elva Hooson, nee Elva Charlotte Holmes
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