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

Snowing or at any rate sleeting this morning. + snow visible on Greenhead. It was cold + wet all forenoon but faired towards evening. No sun. Was at both services. A Mr Costain1 from Colwyn Bay preached in the morning. The only County work was to Black Andro to which D. said he would walk.

1 The Reverend Alfred James ‘A J’ Costain (1881-1963) Methodist minister, sometime headmaster of the Rydal School, Pwllycrochan Avenue, Colwyn Bay with “very liberal views and Liberal political inclinations”, he was related to the Costain family building company and an obscure fact about him is that he contributed to naming Dolphin Square, Pimlico, London at one time “the largest self-contained block of flats in Europe” [Sir Nikolaus Pevsner] when he mentioned that the school magazine was called ‘The Dolphin’ and proposed Dolphin Court though in the end the layout of the buildings prompted Costains to settle on Dolphin Square [Sources: R Loudon and E G S Paige ‘Alan Frank Gibson. 30 May 1923-27 March 1988’, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society Vol. 37 (Nov., 1991), pp. 220-244 [via http://www.jstor.com]; Births Dec 1881, Costain, Alfred James, W. Derby 8b 507 and Deaths Jun 1963, Costain, Alfred James, Pwllheli, 8a 180 and here]

[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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