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

A lovely warm day + I feel not a bit fagged. Indeed, last night I could have ridden further. Called for Jessie at Redstone1. They have bought the house having been left £21,000 by an aunt of Eddie. Poor Jessie has had colostomy for cancer of the rectum which she doesn’t know. She looks very well + much the better of a month at Kinloch Rannoch. Phoned to Nancy [Roberts née Muir] at the Marine Hotel Troon2 but she wasn’t up. Met Jack + Frank with a man Campbell at the club house , I walked while they played a round. It was almost oppressively hot where sheltered from the sea air. In the afternoon I read in the garden at Ladyton, + then Nancy motored Rennie3 + me to Ayr + gave us tea at Fleury Meng4 + then took us for a run to Alloway Kirk + on to Maybole Hill road returning by Dunure. It was very lovely. Fanny arrived at Redstone + she, Jessie + Eddie came up at night.

1 Jessie Logan Miller née Rennie (1860-1920), daughter of James Rennie (1826-1924), Presbyterian minister, and Catherine Rennie née Muir and wife of Edward Caird Miller, iron and steel founder; they lived at Redston, Prestwick [Monkton, Ayr]

2 The Hotel, to the south of Troon, was adjacent to the Golf Club, see Ordnance Survey 6 inch Ayrshire Sheet XXVII.NW, published 1911 https://maps.nls.uk/view/75494615

3 The Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Dr Muir’s brother-in-law, widower of his late sister Catherine

4 Fleury Meng’s pastry and confectionery premises in Newmarket Street, Ayr (Nos. 44, 46 & 48) and there were other branches at 22 Fawcett Street, Sunderland and 3 St Ann’s Passage, Manchester
Florian ‘Fleury’ Meng (about 1858-1915), baker, confectioner and pastry cook was resident at Newmarket street, Ayr, 1891 Census, aged 33, with Lucius or Lucian Meng, brother and Ursula and Agatha Meng, sisters.
They were the children of Christian Meng, farmer, and Barbara Meng née Gadient and born in the Canton of Graubünden (Grisons), Switzerland.
Fleury Meng died April 1915 [Source: June Quarter 1915, Sunderland 10a 946], aged 57. His obituary stated “OBITUARY. A SUNDERLAND CATERER The death has occurred at his residence, Lemonfield, Roker, of Mr Fleury Meng, well-known caterer in the north. Meng was of Swiss nationality, and went to Scotland when a young man. After commencing business as a baker in Glasgow, established himself at Ayr. Subsequently extended his business … [Newcastle Journal, 5 April 1915]
Lucien Meng had died at 68 Newmarket Street, Ayr, 2 February 1894, aged 30 and Agatha Meng, retired bakery manageress, unmarried, at Park Circus, Ayr, 25 January 1947, aged 77. On Lucien’s death certificate Florian is noted as of “Fawcett Street, Sunderland”. Ursula Meng married, 20 November 1905, at 70 Newmarket Street, Ayr, Gilbert Watson, builder.

[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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