7 December 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Fine dry frosty day with keen N wind. Motored to Helmburn Woodend, Fairholme (Rob. Mitchell) and W. Deloraine (Willie Laidlaw), W R Tweddle the farmer there is married to one of the Newburgh Mitchells1. Her oldest brother Jas. is home at present + her brother Willie (married to Grace Geddes) is coming home in spring. Saw Mrs Russell after getting home a little after 1. Went to evening service. [The Reverend Andrew] Ross spoke on the Covenanter + the praise was all from the Psalms sung without the organ. The 23 Psalm was sung to an exquisite tune “Covenanters” I never heard before2. Supped at Wellwood.

1 Robert Kyle Tweddle married, 1919, at West Deloraine, Jeannie Mitchell of Newburgh, daughter of James Mitchell and Helen Nichol; for information about her brother Willie see Dr Muir’s diary for 4 December 1919

2 The Editor has not been able to identify this tune and would welcome information

[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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