9 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Frost gone: a mild wet day. South wind. Sat at the Army accounts the whole day + finished them to the number of 43 at 11 p.m. Their value is about £18 10 0. Got a letter + a pocket book from Molly Bullough1 + wrote her + also Colonel Turnbull, India2. Went over to see Murdoch at Victoria Hall at 5. David [Graham] resumed his lectures on child welfare. He was at Ettrick Shaws.

1 Marian Chambers H ‘Molly’ Bullough née Spittal (1865-1921), daughter of Charles Grey Spittal, Sheriff Substitute for Roxburgh and one of Dr Muir’s friends, is referred to as being under some sort of care in Edinburgh a number of times in 1915, early 1916 and more recently on 29 April 1918 and 2 June 1919; her husband William had died in 1913

2 Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Eyre Turnbull (1862-1927); ironfounder and soldier and known, presumably familiarly and jocularly, as Hot Pipes because he owned the Abbeyhill Foundry, Edinburgh which manufactured cast (i.e. hot) pipes.

Born 1862, Galashiels, died 1927, Cupar, Fife, he was also a Territorial, formerly of 4th Volunteer Battalion, The Royal Scots. (Lothian Regiment) in 1905; the 1/6th Battalion (’into 5/6th’) 4 August 1914 to 5 September 1915, and later in the First World War of the 23rd (North Western) Battalion “formed at Halton by drafts principally from men of the King’s Liverpool, South Lancs and Manchester Regiments, who previous to their transfer were guarding prisoners-of-war at the Knockaloe Camp in the Isle of Man. It remained throughout under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel T E Turnbull, V.D., and sailing in S.S. Euripides from Devonport on 12 January 1916, proceeded via the Suez Canal to Karachi, where the battalion disembarked on 10 February. Their history was an uneventful one, the Battalion was employed on Internal Security duties throughout its stay in India; first at Multan, where it was quartered in the Edwardes Barracks, then from 22 July 1918 at Bareilly in Clyde Barracks; one company was at Amritsar, according to the Indian Order of Battle, in May 1916, but there were no other detachments. The Battalion was demobilised in India; by 12 July the numbers were reduced to fifty; on 25 October it moved to Sialkot and the cadre was not finally dispersed until 4 February 1920.” [Source: http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/topic/135336-rifle-brigade-service-numbers/ post #16 by ‘stiletto_33853′; London Gazette 1 August 1905 p.5296; http://www.ww1infantrycos.co.uk/royalscots.html; and the Supplement to the London Gazette 12 September 1919, both accessed 2018.04.25]

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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