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

Thick fog at first + then a delightful sunny day the most spring like yet. The crocuses for [illegible] were a fine display. I intended cycling to Lilliesleaf but word came that William Bunney was dead! I saw a I cycled to Hospital, Goslaw Green + walked was walking to Briarbank when Jas Rid I was sent [for] James Riddell, took him back to the surgery + swabbed his throat. There was a message to Mrs Harvey, Yair, which Dav [Dr David Graham] did. He was also a [sic] Thirladean seeing D.C. who returned home yesterday. Attended meeting of War Memorial Committee in Town Hall at which 3 sub comtees were formed 1 Roll of Honour, 2 Reception [and] 3 Memorial. I was put on the latter.

1 William aka Alphonse or Alphonso Bunney (birth registered as Alphonso Bonny at St Austell, Cornwall Registration District, September Quarter 1844 but recorded as Alphonso Bunney at Coombe, St Stephen Parish, Cornwall in 1851 Census), retired butler, died 4 April 1919 at Lilliesleaf, aged 74; 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 [sic], she was from Lilliesleaf and they had married at Riddell in 1870

2 David Carnegie Alexander aka ‘Carnegie Alexander’ or ‘D.C.A.’ (1856-1928), solicitor; he had been at Wells, presumably Somerset, see 1st April 1919 diary entry

[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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