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

I was knocking about the town all day + attended a J.P. Licensing Court at 12. Was twice at Bateman’s1, Bleachfield Road + twice at Mrs Lawrie2, Market Place, who was [threatened?] with an M.C. The Duchess rang me up at night wanting me to ‘phone Balfour. Newton Don, about the Y.A.D. [?] but I didn’t. Mrs Mackintosh came home. It was fair today + mild.

1 The Bateman family were at 6a Bleachfield Road in 1919; William, woollen millworker and Hellen Murray, woollen darner had married 27 December 1912 at Bleachfield Road, and had children John Bateman (1915-) and David Charteris Graham Bateman (1918-), and after this date, Thomas Hume Bateman (1920-) [Statutory BMDs, Census and Valuation Roll]

2 The Lawrie family were at 19 Market Place in 1919, William Lawrie was occupier though Robert Lawrie was the tenant, both were ironmongers; George Lawrie and Mary Orr Finlayson had married 29 October 1908 at Dunblane, and had children Elizabeth Robertson Laurie later Sanderson (1910-1997), Mary Orr Knox Lawrie (1913-?) and Kathaleen or Kathleen Orr Ewing Laurie later Robson (1915-2010) [Statutory BMDs, Census and 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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