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

Keeping fine + warm. Wind steadily S.E. Mrs Blake made no sign + I called for her in the morning. At night however I found her progressing. Jessie + Jim Hayes came at 10.301. Dora met them. I took them for a run in the Straker Squire2 (which ran beautifully) to Minto, Ancrum + St Boswells + we walked to the Mausoleum3. Got back for lunch at 1.30 when we had a beautiful cut of salmon which kind Mrs Mackintosh gave us. Then I cycled over to Yair + went to Wellwood with the Hayes for tea. They and Dora left at 5.46. David [Graham] met his sister at Gala in the morning + in the afternoon went to Ettrick Shaws + General’s Bridge. Nancy + Julia came up at night. Lovely warm night.

1 Jessie Geddes Thomson Hayes née Muir (1860-1930), daughter of Alexander Muir (1831-1915), banker, and Jessie Geddes Muir née Thomson and thus Dr Muir’s niece, and her husband James Hayes, medical practitioner; she was born in Chorlton and they married in 1886 in Altrincham

2 Straker Squire or Straker-Squire Ltd., also Brazil, Straker (1901-1927), motor manufacturer, see https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Straker-Squire

3 Monteath Douglas Mausoleum, Lilliard’s Edge, see diary entry for 19 May 1919

[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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