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

Was knocked up shortly after going to bed about 11 drunk + at 12.30 got message to a confinement at Greenhead (Mrs James Hermiston). Walked out. It was fair + some stars visible. Got the case over at 6.151 + walked home in drizzle. It rained more or less all day. S.W. [wind] mild. Motored to Dunn, Ravensheugh, Bannerfield + Bridgelands (James Hardie). Saw one or two others. Put up a section of the Town accounts + had a snooze. Went to performance of Joshua2 in Church which was crammed. Was disappointed not with the performance but with the oratorios. Mr Brown, the bass soloist, a very nice fellow stayed here. “Esau” went with us3.

1 Jessie Hardie Hermiston, born 15 April 1920, daughter of James Baxter Hermiston, ploughman, and Jessie Nicol Gresson, woollen millworker, married 24 April 1914, at Selkirk Manse

2 Joshua (HWV 64), an oratorio by George Frideric Handel

3 Esau was the favoured child, so perhaps this is a quirky biblical reference to one of his grandchildren, otherwise the allusion is lost on the Editor

[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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