Nostalgia: Looking for memories from Castle Bakery in Rothesay

The Castle Bakery, founded by Charles Muir in the 1850s, was a fixture of the Rothesay retail scene until the 1970s. (Pic from the Bute Museum archive)
The Castle Bakery, founded by Charles Muir in the 1850s, was a fixture of the Rothesay retail scene until the 1970s. (Pic from the Bute Museum archive)

Did you, or a member of your family, once work for Muir’s Castle Bakery in Rothesay - or were you one of its many loyal customers? If so, we’d love to hear your memories of one of the town’s most successful 20th century businesses.

We’ve unearthed a real treasure trove of material relating to the long-established Rothesay firm in the Bute Museum archive, and are planning an article for a future issue combining some of that material - including hand-written recipes and certificates from the Bakery and Confectionery International Exhibition, where the firm’s shortbread regularly won prizes - with memories of people who used to work for the company.

If you can help, please give us a call on (01700) 502503 during office hours or drop an email to news@buteman.com.

This picture shows one of the firm’s immaculately-maintained vans being loaded up outside its High Street shop and bakery.