Keiller Shopping Centre Mural, Dundee.
Legend has it that marmalade was invented in Dundee by Janet Keiller, mother of James. The story goes that some time in the 18th century he purchased the contents of a Spanish ship's cargo that had entered Dundee's port seeking shelter from a stormy North Sea. Anyway, the cargo was carrying Seville Oranges, and the story is that upon receiving the oranges, Janet experimented with the fruit and subsequently invented marmalade. Of course it's not true but there was also another part of the story that is utter genius and makes me wish it was.
Seemingly Janet urged her son James to procure more oranges for her new invention by saying to him, "Mair, ma lad!", thus giving her product its name ha! 😂 All that being said, James Keiller & Son's 'Dundee marmalade' secured a worldwide reputation by 1857, and up until the 1880's the company were also the largest confectionery manufacturer in the UK apparently, before being surpassed by Cadbury's and Rowntree's. Amazing to think that it all started with a small confectionery business in the Seagate, Dundee, run by Janet Keiller! 🙂