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

Was called up at 4.15 a.m. for Mrs And. Brown (Lizzie Inglis) who had a d. [daughter] at 6.45 all right1. Cycled in forenoon to Old Mill Farm, Newarkburn + Thirladean. Came down Under Walk from the school + had a cigarette just below Harewoodglen + watched a grey wagtail for nearly an hour. Attended meeting of Hospital Committee at 3 + War Memorial Committees at 9.30 in Town Hall. When the Brit. Lin. [Bank] Garden was finally decided on a site, only 4 voting for the Victoria Hall2. There was a stiffish S.W. wind + the glass was falling.

1 Margaret Nicholson Brown, born 18 June 1919, at 33 Forest Road, Selkirk, daughter of Andrew Brown, foreman woollen twister, and Elizabeth Scott ‘Lizzie’ Brown née Ingles, married 2 August 1911, Selkirk

2 The Southern Reporter 19 June 1919 includes a detailed account of the meeting, its speakers and the options debated; the plot chosen was the Ettrick Terrace / Chapel Place end of the garden of the British Linen Company, subseqently Bank of Scotland, branch in Market Square as clearly shown on the Ordnance Survey 1:500 (10.56 ft to 1 mile) Selkirk Sheet XII.31 of 1865 https://maps.nls.uk/view/74416838/

[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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