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

Breakfasted at 7.15 as Mr Brown had to leave by the 8.13. It seems that Brown had a great deal to do with the Concerts arranged by the Vair Turnbulls during the war + sang here on the occasion when Miss. F. T. recited1. It was dull, calm + mild but fair in forenoon. Some rain at 2. Motored to Ettrickhaugh Road, Bannerfield, Ettrickbank Mill + Faldonside. Forgot Bridgelands so cycled there + up by the Butts to Greenhead, an awful road2. Gave Chlor[oform] to Mrs Nichol, Yarrow Terrace at 5 when David opened a septic abscess in the abdomen wall. Helen [Muir] was all day at Elmpark. Dora3 came at 7.30 fatter than ever!

1 It is probably this concert of Friday 23 October 1914 that Dr Muir is referring to “… In the evening we all went to a concert got up by Mrs Allan and Mrs Turnbull. Mad(ame) Annie Gray & her husband Mr Wade, a Mrs Summers, soprano, Mr G Brown, baritone and Miss [Oliver], pianist took part. Miss Vair Turnbull recited in costume and I recited “Dae ye Mind” and “Wilhelm the Only”. Lady Dalkeith presided: Boy Scouts assisted and there was a group of children dressed as characters. The hall was crammed, and the proceeds came to £85: all the performers and the Charlie Roberts went to supper at Mauldsheugh, the Vair Turnbulls being the entertainers.”

1 The Butts are on the Selkirk Hills; Dr Muir has cut across to the north east of Selkirk

3 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

[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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