12 June 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

There was thunder + heavy rain during the night. The day was fine but intensely sultry with a strong E breeze. About 4 it got very dark + there was thunder with heavy showers first of hail + then of rain. After that it was a beautiful evening, the very thing for “the nicht afore the morn”1. My foot was practically well + I cycled in the town + to Yair but at the Bridge, May Cook told me that Dubs2 was out in the motor so I turned round + came back via Rink. Did some writing &c in the afternoon. Crowds in the street at night. There were no more than 4 Bussin [?] events3. Mousey very busy with preparation of tomorrow’s breakfast4. Letter from Dora5 in which she says that if everything else fails she may go out to [illegible] in India.

1 At Selkirk Common Riding the festival begins on the Thursday, ‘the nicht afore the morn’, with the Crying of the Burley, when the Senior Burgh Officer proclaims the principals to Ride the Marches “There will be all these, and a great many more, and all be ready to start at the sound of the Second Drum” early on the next morning

2 Frank Albert Dubs (1860-1920), engineer and locomotive builder, later of ‘private means’, with nine servants [source: 1911 census], born Anderston, Glasgow but resident at Yair during the First World War

3 Here are the Bussin’ or Bussing events from the Thursday prior to the Bussing itself early on the Friday

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter

5 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

[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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