2 November 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Wind still N.E. but almost nil. Fair in morning but rained after 2. Walked down to Mauldsheugh to let Dav. [David Graham, co-partner] see a polypus which Mrs Hill, Ashybank, had dropped. Went to morning + evening service + supped at Wellwood. Helen [Muir] with me. Wrote Stewart + Miss Taylor, thanking the latter for a Scottish Field she lent me with an account of Spottiswoode. Began “1914” by Lord French1 lent me by Mrs Mackintosh. Dav. was at Dryhope seeing Andrew Cowan of Dryden.

1 A review of this book is a classic, pulling apart French’s statements and stating ” … It is the spirit of the whole work which really gives us pain. The author has descended to misstatements and misrepresentations of the clumsiest and most ludicrous kind in order to injure the reputation of a subordinate, who is forbidden to defend himself; and, coming from one in his high position, this brings shame and dishonor not only upon the Field-Marshal himself but upon the Army. A worse example to young officers than is to be found in this book we cannot imagine. We entreat them to avoid it, or, if they do read it, to study it for warning against what is wrong rather than for instruction in what is right.” J W Fortescue “Lord French’s ‘1914,’” Vol. 232, Quarterly Review, London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1919), pp. 352-363.

[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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