13 March 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A fresh coating of snow this morning + showers during the day but it melted fast + at night there was little left. It was very cold. I motored in the town + to PhilipH [Philiphaugh] Farm. Found Mrs Brown a very nice gentle rather delicate looking woman. Her daughter is studying Domestic economy at Atholl Crescent1. At night when D [Dr David Graham] was at his lecture I had to go down to Sunderland Hall Stables to see a girl Rose. It was quite unnecessary. Wrote Caton re Dora’s affair with Pilot.

1 The Edinburgh School of Cookery was established in 1875 and was at Shandwick Place from 1877. In 1891 the School moved to Atholl Crescent in Edinburgh and over the next fifty years or so gradually extended its premises along the Crescent. The institution is now Queen Margaret University. As its website notes “This institution emerged in a period that was notable for real economic progress, but also characterised by many social and economic divisions and inequalities, and widespread poverty. The School was established as a voluntary effort to address two key problems facing society at the time … To provide educational opportunities for women. The institution’s founders were part of the U.K.-wide mid Victorian “Women’s Movement”, which was a campaign for better education and improved career opportunities for females [and] … to bring about an improvement in diets, particularly the diets of working class families.” [Source: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/about-the-university/history/ accessed 2019.03.01]

[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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