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

Very mild. Evidently very wet during last night but kept fair all day. Several new messages. Made 15 town calls including Heather Mill motoring + on to Beechwood, PhilipH Sawmill, General’s Bridge + Bowhill returning via Dunsdale, Curror Street +c. Attended meeting of Red Cross Committee at which Mrs Scott Plummer1 was elected President + [the] Duchess2 Hon. President. Thomson + Miss Brown3 came along to tea. H. [Helen] + Nancy4 at Picture House.

1 Muriel Grace Scott Plummer née Johnstone-Douglas (1874-1961), of Sunderland Hall

2 Assume Margaret Alice Montagu Douglas Scott née Bridgeman (1872-1954), Duchess of Buccleuch

3 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), two of Dr Muir’s daughters

4 Thomson is unidentified but, in the context of the Red Cross references here, Miss Brown may well be Minnie Mackay Brown (1874-1966), teacher and V.A.D. nurse who had served in Egypt and France 1916-1919 and was then involved with the Red Cross – see diary entry for 6 February 1920

[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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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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