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

Great Railway Strike

There had been some rain in the early morning + the day was dull + chilly though the wind was back in S.W. I had not a single message. Saw Lady Napier + one or two others + walked out to Briarbank. Gladys Hardinge left after lunch in a motor sent by Mr Cowan. We got our Scotsman as usual this morning. It is full of the Railway Strike. I wrote May, Guy, Lady Belhaven, Mrs McDonald + sent of [sic] subscriptions to a lot of charities amounting to £9. 15. 0.

1 Margaret Graham ‘May’ Lang (1861-1958)

2 Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), United Free Church of Scotland minister and Dr Muir’s brother

3 Assume Georgiana Katharine Hamilton née Richmond, Baroness Belhaven (d.1932), wife of Colonel Alexander Charles Hamilton, 10th Lord Belhaven and Stenton; it is not obvious why Dr Muir would have been writing to her

[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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