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]