21 October 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Most charming day: quite warm bright + sunny. Country lovely. P.C. [postcard] from Ralph Patrick to say Helen had got the turn. Dav. [Graham, co-partner] in Gala at a Board + then in Edinburgh for a Medical Board re pension. I saw a few town cases cycling + then motored to Bowhill, Ettrickbridgend + Thirlestane. Lady N. [Napier] decidedly better. Lunched there. Got back to Wellwood at 3.30 where I examined Mrs Colville, Cannon Street + her children for a free passage to New Zealand1. Mrs Mackintosh brought me some oysters etc from Edinburgh.

1 Presumably Mrs Colville is emigrating under the 1919 Overseas Settlement Scheme which offered free passage to ex-service men and women and their dependents. Alexander Colville appears in the printed ‘Selkirk Book of Remembrance’, 1927 [SBA/156/11/1], presumably Private Alexander or Alex Colville (1880-1917), soldier, the son of David Colville, engine driver, and Jane Isabella Colville née Jamieson, who had married 7 January 1867, Sprouston, Roxburghshire. Alex Colville, under gardener at Faldonside, married, 5 October 1906, at Bridge Street, Selkirk, Mary Douglas, daughter of Moses Douglas and Mary Johanna Sanderson, and brother of Thomas Douglas (1879-1915), another casualty of the Great War. Alex and Mary had children David Jamieson Colville (1907-), May Sanderson (1910-) and Alexander (1911-). Alex Colville, Service Number 351702, died 23 April 1917 with the 9th Battalion Royal Scots at which time his family were living in the Bridge Street / Cannon Street area of Selkirk

[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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