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

A lovely clear calm sunny day: sharp + drying. Wind first S then E. was called up at 2.40 to go to Dewar1, Prieston. They rang up Dav. [Dr David Graham] imagining that I wouldn’t go out at night! I thought it would be a confinement but found it was a girl with Croup + Mrs D with Myalgia. Got back to bed at 5. D. [David Graham] was in Edinburgh at a meeting. I cycled in town + to Bogle House, Nest + Yair Bridge. Crocuses full out + very lovely. Helen [Muir] went to Luigi’s2 concert3. Got marriage card from Agnes Hume, Lilliesleaf, who has married George C Park, Newhall4.

1 This refers to Rachel Crozier Dewar, born 9 August 1911 at Branxholme Bridge-end, Hawick and her mother Williamina Christina Crozier Dewar née Douglas, wife of William Michie Dewar, steward

2 Fabriano Aloysius ‘F. A.’ Luigi, formerly Ruis, violinist, allegedly born about 1890 at Edinburgh, married 9 August 1920 to Olive Powell Jack

3 The concert, covered by the Southern Reporter Thursday 18 March 1920, was performed by Luigi, his string orchestra and his Galashiels choir (80 performers in all) and comprised a mixture of composers (Delibes, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Leoncavallo, Schubert, Dvorak, Cowan, Bantock et al), styles (opera and light opera, lieder, marches, ballet and Scottish folk songs) and performers (Luigi, the choir and Misses Nell Johnstone, Mary Benzies and Barbara McCubbin)

4 Agnes Hume of Thorncroft, Lilliesleaf married George C Park, farmer, of Newhall, Bowden at Thorncoft, 25 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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