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

Dull day + colder. S.E. [wind] no rain but roads very wet from yesterday’s. Cycled to Bridgelands, Sunderland Hall stables + Kilncroft. Went to morning service. Was not out after until evening service when Mr Ross gave an address on Religious Patriotism illustrated by an account of Judas Maccabeus1. The choir sang some choruses + solos from the oratorio. Helen + I went to the Gallery to hear better. Julia + Nancy at supper2. Wrote Sir George Beatson3.

1 Judas Maccabaeus, HWV63, is an oratorio in three acts composed in 1746 by George Frideric Handel based on a libretto written by Thomas Morell

2 Possibly Dr Julia Pringle [see diary entry for 23 March 1919]; Nancy is Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s daughter

3 Sir George Thomas Beatson (1848-1933), was a pioneer in the field of oncology and is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the treatment of cancer. The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute are named for him. Image of Sir George Beatson courtesy of the Beatson Centre, Glasgow

[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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