3 March 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A day of damp + drizzle which utterly spoiled the roads. Had very little to do, but in afternoon had to go over to Ashkirk Toll1 to see John Lambert2. He has been on my panel from the beginning + has never needed me till now. Message to Miss Dunn at 9 p.m. David had to go late to Caddonfoot Manse. Dined at Forest Club3 with Sandy Roberts4. 10 members + 5 guests. Gen. Jardine, Chester Knowe5 were there + Forbes Gordon6 who lives at Ashiestiel. Plummer Chair7. Gala Croupier8. There has not been a dinner since 5/5/14 when I was Jo. Scott’s guest9.

1 Assume the toll house, which is still there, near the Ashkirk road end; it is shown as T.P. on Ordnance Survey 25 inch Roxburghshire Sheet XIX, surveyed 1858 and published 1863 – see https://maps.nls.uk/view/74428477

2 John Lambert (1853-1927), shepherd, later road labourer, was tenant at Bridgend, Ashkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

3 The Forest Club (a Selkirk based sporting club) reports this meeting of 2 March 1920 in its minutes, held at the Heritage Hub, Hawick, reference SBA/584/4, which document its membership, administration, activities and finances; this diary entry is the clearest evidence yet that Dr Muir did not consistently allocate events to their correct dates

4 Alexander Fowler ‘Sandy’ Roberts (1844-1929), woollen manufacturer, of Fairnilee; Dr Muir was his guest at this meeting

5 Brigadier General James Bruce Jardine (1870-1955), C.M.G., D.S.O., D.L., British soldier and diplomat, later a Deputy Lieutenant for Roxburghshire, he lived at Chesterknowes, Bowden; General Jardine was the guest of Charles W Dunlop at the Forest Club meeting

6 Major Arthur Dalrymple Forbes Gordon (1873-1931), of Ashiestiel, Clovenfords, formerly of Greenknowe, Berwickshire; at the 1920 meeting he was proposed as a member, as was Jardine of Chesterknowe [sources include http://www.roskildehistorie.dk/stamtavler/adel/Forbes/Forbes-Gordon.htm]

7 Charles Henry Scott Plummer (1859-1948), J.P., Lord-Lieutenant, of Middlestead and Sunderland Hall was Preses at the 2 March 1920 Forest Club meeting

8 ‘Gala’ refers to John Scott of Gala, Gala House, Galashiels

9 The meeting of May 1914 was very sparsely attended; Dr Muir was guest at the earlier meeting of John Corse Scott (1854-1919), D.L. ‘of Synton; J C Scott died in 1919 after suffering the loss of his two sons, one daughter and two sons-in-law during or because of the First World War

[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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