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

Went to Edinburgh at 10.40. Fine day + quite dry. Went up to the Castle + arranged to have tea there at 2. Spent an hour + a half in the Picture House + saw a rather good piece “A Romany Girl”1. Bought some tea cakes at Crawfords2 + went back to Castle at 3 + had tea with Jean + Dora. Dora staggered me with the information that Pilot’s present wife was a divorced woman with 3 children + that he intends to divorce her in order to marry Dora. It is a terrible situation but Dora has in the meantime broken off the engagement. She is quite good about it. Went Took Dora back to the Picture House + came out with the 5.55. Mellalieu called late about his wife.

1 Neither the editor nor film researcher Ern Cleuch have been able to identify this film

2 Assume Crawford’s Tea Room, Princes Street, Edinburgh; remembered also in Night Mail by W H Auden “… Or of friendly tea beside the band in Cranston’s or Crawford’s …” though there was more than one and the probability is that Dr Muir visited the one at 70/71 Princes Street (Canmore ID 116266, architect Hippolyte J Blanc, 1886-1898) certainly not the Hanover Street location, with its legendary fit-out by Robert Burns A.R.S.A. replete with Whytock & Reid furniture and Georg Jensen cutlery, which was only acquired by David Crawford in 1922. Sources include: https://www.royalscottishacademy.org/2017/12/05/9063/; https://canmore.org.uk/site/116266/edinburgh-70-71-princes-street-edinburgh-cafe and https://artuk.org/shop/image-library/gallery-product/poster/panels-from-crawfords-tearoom-in-hanover-street-edinburgh-187153/posterid/187153.html

[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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