16 May 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fair weather still. Great heat, haze obliterating all views. Saw Dav. Murray before breakfast + then motored to Sunderland Hall stables + Gala where I met Ed. Bramwell at the 9.40 + tool him to Yair1. He thinks it is organic mischief in Dubs’s case2. Dav. [Graham, co-partner] came over in Lumgair’s car which he has bought + took Bramwell [back] to Gala. In the afternoon I took a walk with Keltie though the Greenhead woods starting at the rifle butts3. Took “The Lay” + read + smoked4. Along with the rest of the Session I went to Byethorn + was [illegible].

1 Professor Edwin Bramwell (1873-1952), F.R.S.E., P.R.C.P.E., L.L.D., Scottish neurologist and President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 1933-1935

2 Frank Albert Dubs (1860-1920), engineer and locomotive builder, later of ‘private means’, with nine servants [source: 1911 census] had been suffering ill health for a considerable time

3 Greenhead is ENE of Selkirk, approximate grid reference for the adjacent woods is NGR NT489292; the rifle range is south and west of there and visible on the Ordnance Survey 6″ Selkirkshire sheet XII.NW of 1900

4 Perhaps ‘The Lay of the Last Minstrel’, 1805, by Walter Scott

[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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