1 April 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A spell of light from the rising sun was soon hidden by a dense snow shower. All day there were blasts of hail + snow + altogether it was a bad day for April 1st. I motored to Lilliesleaf + saw Bunney + then attended John Scott’s funeral1. There was quite a procession of motors after the hearse from Lilliesleaf to Ashkirk. Large congregation neither Jim Scott nor Paul Cochrane were able to be present2 nor D.C.A. who is at Wells3. Fortunately it was nearly fair at the grave. Got home at 2.15. Helen [Muir] busy Spring cleaning dining room. Got National War Bond Dividends amounting to £28 15 0. Shook hands with Jim Marshall, Lord Geo. Scott4 and [unfinished].

1 John Corse Scott (1854-1919) of Synton, Ashkirk, died 29 March 1919, aged 64

2 The editors are not sure of the identities of these two but a Paul John Cochrane, a retired captain, was at Whitriggs, Cavers in the Valuation Roll 1920

3 If this reading is correct it probably refers to David Carnegie Alexander aka Carnegie Alexander or D.C.A. (1856-1928), solicitor

4 Possibly Lord George William Montagu Douglas Scott (1866-1947), O.B.E., D.L., Scottish cricketer and soldier, and brother of John Montagu Douglas Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch

[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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