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Scottish Bakers Heritage
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A Proud Heritage since 1891

Founding President, Mr J W Mackie
Founding President
Mr J W Mackie
Edinburgh

The inaugural meeting of the Scottish Association of Master Bakers took place in the Royal British Hotel in Edinburgh, on Thursday 22nd of October 1891.

We are privileged in Bakers House to still hold the original minute book from those earliest days of the association, a glorious rich leather bound tome filled with elaborately detailed copper plate writing. 

The first page records for posterity that first meeting where 64 bakers came together from around Scotland, one of whom, Mr James Stuart of Bucksburn, Fife, was the Great Great Grandfather of one of Scottish Bakers current board members, Keith Stuart, still of Bucksburn.

Election of Founding President

Mr W N Torrance, of Edinburgh, chaired the meeting which quickly proceeded to election of office bearers from amongst the body of those present.

The minutes of the meeting that day, record that Mr Mackie was nominated as President by Mr John Ledingham, Aberdeen and seconded by Mr J Abercromby of Bessborough Gardens, London. His appointment was unanimously supported as outlined in the minutes (below).

1891 Meeting Minutes

A Continuing Legacy

  • President Ronnie Miles, MD Bell Food Groups, Shotts
    President Ronnie Miles, Managing Director, Bells Food Group, Shotts

    Since 1891, over 120 leaders from across Scotland's bakery industry have worn the same chain of office, and presided over an association with an increasingly rich heritage and proud record of achievement.

    Scottish Bakers has proudly promoted and protected the interests of the trade for over 125 years; representing, advising and supporting all aspects of Scotland’s baking industry to ensure it remains competitive and equipped for growth.

    Our current president, Ronnie Miles, is as committed to this ambition as his illustrious predecessors.

Heritage at Bakers House

Members are always welcome at Bakers House, our headquarters in Dunfermline, Fife.

We can always assure visitors of a warm welcome, a decent cup of coffee or tea, and biscuits from one of our many members around Scotland.

Members with a deeper interest in our heritage can browse our collection of Annual Reports and Yearbooks — we have every edition since the first one was printed in 1894.

These documents are a treasure trove of information, containing within their pages the history of Scottish baking since the late Victorian era, and with some particularly moving commentary from the war years.

Our Collection of Yearbooks

Scottish Bakers Year Books