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

Got a note from Dora to say her engagement was broken off meantime. This must have been written before she got my note of yesterday so she has heard something. I got a letter from Caton confirming his wire + saying that Pilot is known to him + is not a “good” man. I then wrote fully to Dora. Later she wired asking me to meet her on Monday at Jean’s. I wired her that I would do so if she still wanted but asked her to ‘phone tomorrow. I motored after seeing two or three town cases to Old Mill Farm, Bengerburnhope, Yarrowford + Manitoba (where Sandie Coltherd now stays1). Called at Yarrow Manse + returned “Reflections and Recollections2 [and] after tea ran out to Smedheugh + was just back when a ‘phone came to see Guthrie’s boy [at] Lilliesleaf. Had 16-18 people in at night. Helen [Muir] went to a performance of ‘All of A Sudden Peggy’ by Ernest Denny3.

1 Alexander Coltherd, retired shepherd, tenant of a cottage at Harehead, Selkirk, grid reference NGR NT429,289 though there is no sign of it being known as Manitoba on the Valuation Rolls nor on Ordnance Survey 25 inch Selkirkshire Sheet XI.7. published 1899; he previously lived at Warrior’s Rest, Whitehope. Yarrow [c.f. Ordnance Survey 6 inch Selkirkshire Sheet X, published 1863 and Canmore ID 53054].

2 Appears to be a book title but is not readily identified.

3 Presumably the Broadway play  ‘All-of-a-Sudden-Peggy’  by Yorkshire playwright Ernest Denny (1869-1943); in 1920 it was filmed as ‘All of a Sudden Peggy’, described as “an American silent comedy romance” (now lost).

[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

2 thoughts on “15 March 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk”

  1. Manitoba was tiny wooden house situated on the Yarrow Road, not far from Foulshiels. The entrance from the road can still be seen (a gap in the dyke), but the house is long gone. It was occupied in the early fifties by Louis and Ursula Erdei, who came from Germany. The family later returned to Germany and lived in Laasphe, Westphalia.


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