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

Fine fresh day. Wind rising to a gale from S.W. in afternoon + some heavy blasts of rain + one of hail. Helen [Muir] went to Edinburgh with Mrs Mackintosh + met Barbara [Roberts] to do shopping. I got a message to see Mrs Scott Plummer1. Motored to Mavisbank, Gibson + Lumgair, Sunderland Hall, Yair, Cannon Street + Forest Road [words deleted] after to Heathview. Went to meeting of Red X Committee. [The] Duchess, Smith, Mrs Smith, Pollok + Alexander2. Minnie Brown elected Sec. Smith proposed “Central Council” + I affiliation. 3 voted for each + Duchess gave casting vote for latter. Result wired to Glasgow.

A little sprinkling of snow on Peat Law.

1 The Editor assumes that this refers to Sophia Scott Plummer née Goff (about 1833-1921), widow of Charles Scott Plummer of Middlestead (about 1822-1880), rather than Muriel Grace Scott Plummer née Johnstone-Douglas (1874-1961), wife of Charles Henry Scott Plummer of Sunderland Hall (1859-1948)

2 Margaret Alice Montagu Douglas Scott née Bridgeman (1872-1954), Duchess of Buccleuch, Patrick ‘Pat’ Smith (1858-1930), advocate and sheriff-substitute, sometime of The Firs, Selkirk, Alice Smith née Paterson (1863-1943), John Pollok (1858-1938), Town Clerk and Procurator Fiscal, Selkirk and David Carnegie Alexander, aka ‘Carnegie Alexander’ or ‘D.C.A.’ (1856-1928), solicitor – some of these individuals were given belated recognition of their contribution to the Red Cross and V.A.D. in ‘Selkirkshire V.A.D.s’, the Southern Reporter, 6 April 1922

[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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