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

Dav. Murray very ill: something cerebral. He is being nursed by a lady “friend” Miss Adamson. Very little doing in town. Georgina Elliot, South Port, is off her head + will have to go to Melrose [i.e. Dingleton Hospital]. Walked to Faldonside (Tom Mackie) + then via drove road to Longmoss. Very pleasant but got some rain, there were heavy showers among the hills. David was at Broadmeadows seeing 2 servants of Miss Watson (who has come to finish up her tenancy) + Whitehillbrae. Got a shock on hearing from Jean [Muir] that she is engaged to a private in the R.A.M.C.! Eheu!!1

1 The editor believes the reading here is ‘eheu’, traditionally translated as “Alas” (c.f. “Eheu fugaces labuntur anni” by Horace) but the Urban Dictionary’s gloss “An exclamation of calamity, misfortune or bad karma” may better reflect Dr Muir’s reaction to his daughter’s engagement

[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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