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

A better day on the whole but still cold. Wind round to W slight. Sunny morning no snow visible except some drifts on Peat Law and Foulshiels1. Expected a day at books but Rob Grierson’s daughter Mrs Hardie turned ill + kept me going back + forwards till 5 when she had a daughter2. Dav [Dr David Graham] went to Lilliesleaf to see William Bunney3. He had £127 11s + 7d as per contract of co-partners + I shall invest £300 in War Bonds. Helen, Jack + I went to meeting in Victoria Hall in connection with Rededication … which was addressed by Dr Ogilvie moderator of Church of Scotland4 + Sheriff Orr. Had another letter from Harvey + wrote Dora [Muir]. Letter from May Atkins if Dora could go + nurse Jas Wallace.

1 Peat Law, grid reference NGR NT443307 and Foulshiels Hill, NT427303, both Selkirk Parish

2 Muriel Jean Hardie, daughter of David William Hardie, mechanical engineer and Driver, Service No. 2845, Australian Engineers and Margaret Jean Hardie née Grierson, was born 2 April 1919 at Douglas Cottage, Elm Row, Selkirk; her parents had married 6 April 1918

3 William aka Alphonse or Alphonso Bunney, retired butler, died 4 April 1919 at Lilliesleaf; in the 1891 Census he is a butler at Riddell House, with Agnes Bunney his wife (probably both working for the Sprot family) but by the 1911 Census he is retired and living in the Cross Keys at Lilliesleaf – he was born in England and she was from Lilliesleaf

4 The Very Reverend James Nicoll Ogilvie (1860-1926), M.A, D.D., Scottish Church of Scotland minister. He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 1918/19.

[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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