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

There was a heavy fall of soft snow between 9 + 10 this morning + the streets got very slushy. During the day it rained occasionally. Very dull + dank. Motored to Sunderland Hall + Bridgelands after seeing a town list of 12. Got a few Christmas cards. I have sent away 52 at least I will when I have Miss Stelek’s1 + Jessie Hayes’2 addresses. There was a Xmas tree at Victoria Hall in connection with Child Welfare. Dav. [Dr David Graham] dressed as a Pierrot + James Connachie as a Turk. David Lumgair3 has his [gramophone?]. Helen was one of the helpers.

1 Fraülein Stelka or Stelek appears to have been a Christmas-time contact, perhaps a relic of an earlier, closer connection; she was previously referred to in Dr Muir’s diary entries of 27 and 29 December 1915, 19 December 1916 “(“… calendar from Fraulein Stelka & a note in which she declared her British sympathies”) and 20 December 1917

2 Jessie Geddes Thomson Hayes née Muir (1860-1930), daughter of Alexander Muir and thus Dr Muir’s niece

3 David Lumgair (1889-1932), woollen manufacturer and older brother of R M M ‘Morris’ Lumgair

[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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