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

Weather the same: but calmer + beautifully clear. Some snow fell after dark. Walked round town + to Ettrickhaugh + Sloethornbank seeing 12 cases. Got communication from Duchess of [?] + Atholl &c1 on the Red Cross business. Jean Ballard2 sent all the secretarial books &c for Minnie Brown the new Sec[retary]. Ordered Panatellas for Jack [Roberts] + Dav. [Graham] for Xmas + some cigarettes for myself. Also Marsala + Sherry from Godfree.

1 The Editor assumes Dr Muir means Katharine Marjory ‘Kitty’ Stewart-Murray née Ramsay (1874-1960), Duchess of Atholl, D.B.E., Scottish noblewoman and Scottish Unionist Party politician

2 The Editor assumes this refers to Jean Charlotte Ballard (about 1866-1936), Madras born daughter of George Alexander Ballard, Madras Civil Servant, and Julia Mary Ballard née Anderson; she died at Philipburn, where her mother, a widow, was tenant in 1919 [Valuation Roll]

[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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