Alexander Muir was a Canadian songwriter, poet, soldier, and school headmaster. He was the composer of "The Maple Leaf Forever", which he wrote in October 1867 to celebrate the Confederation of Canada.
Muir immigrated to Toronto from Lesmahagow in 1833. He grew up in Toronto, Ontario, where he was educated by his father. Muir later studied at Queen's College, where he graduated in 1851.
Muir taught in the Greater Toronto Area in such places as Scarborough and Toronto, as well as in Newmarket, Beaverton, and in the then suburbs of Parkdale and Leslieville, where he lived on Laing Avenue.
During the early 1870s Alexander Muir was an elementary school teacher in Newmarket, Ontario. When the cornerstone of the Christian Church in Newmarket was being laid on June 25, 1874 by the Governor General, Lord Dufferin, Muir brought his school choir to the event to sing his new composition "The Maple Leaf Forever," its first public performance.
From 1860-1870, he was principal of Leslieville School in Toronto and he was later (1888-1901) principal of Toronto's Alexander Muir/Gladstone Junior and Senior Public School (renamed after his death in his honour).
|Muir (top left), principal of Gladstone Avenue School|
Muir was a noted Canadian Orangeman. He also served with The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, and fought with them at the Battle of Ridgeway. He wrote "The Maple Leaf Forever" while serving with the regiment.
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