2 February 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

The gale continued all night + all day but without rain till after dark when there was some drizzle. Consequently the roads dried a bit. I saw 4 town cases (including John Brydon1 whose arm needs dressing) + then motored to Ashybank, Sunderland Hall, … Called for Nancy2: passed by at Forest Mill + attended meeting of Panel Committee at Railway Hotel. Called for David3 who came home this afternoon + had a crowd at night. Mrs Mack + Lady B.4 motored me up from Mauldsheugh + the former with her usual generosity gave me a cream cheese + a pot of Patum Peperium5. Helen [Muir] had Cath + Helen Smith6 for supper + then they all went to ‘Peg O’ My Heart’7.

1 There was a John Brydon, joiner, aged 44 at Elm Row, Selkirk in the 1911 Census

2 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

3 Dr David Graham, Dr Muir’s co-partner, had been at the Lashow Motor Show

4 Agnes Mackintosh, née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk and, presumably, the Hon. Georgina Hamilton née Watson (1856-1940), Lady Belhaven and Stenton

5 Patum Peperium or the Gentleman’s Relish is an anchovy paste in a distinctive small lidded pot

6 Catherine Adam ‘Katie’ Smith (1874-1929) and Helen Mary Locke Smith (1878-1958), daughters of Thomas Smith, tweed manufacturer, and Katie Smith née Locke (about 1854-1934)

7 ‘Peg o’ My Heart’ (1912), a comedy play written by J Hartley Manners aka John Hartley Manners (1870-1928), London-born playwright; it had three film adaptations, one (1919) directed by William Churchill DeMille never released, the others by King Vidor (1922) and Robert Zigler Leonard (1931), the latter starring Marion Cecilia Davies (1897-1961), American film actress, producer, screenwriter, philanthropist and mistress of William Randolph Hearst

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

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