25 May 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Misty morning + not much sunshine but quite warm although in Edinburgh the E. wind (e.g. in George Street) felt sharp. Saw boy Hogg, Elmrow, Rodger, Tower Street + Mellalieu + took the 11.0 to Edinburgh. Travelled to Gala with the [sic] Pat Smith1 en route to N Berwick + from Gala to Edinburgh with Mrs James Scott Plummer2. Molly Bullough3 + Mrs C Spittal4 met me + I motored to 47 Newington Road where I saw Jean [Muir]. Then to Glenlee where I had lunch. Charlie S.5 there. After lunch motored to Fort Street6 though Leith to Portobello + Joppa + back by Morn Liberton to the N.B. Hotel8 for a meeting of the Branch Committee. This was over by 5.20 but went to the Picture House + dined at 16 Heriot Row9. Left there in time for the train which I thought left at 10.15 to find that it had gone at 9.45. I went back to Sandie’s + stayed the night.

1 Patrick ‘Pat’ Smith (1858-1930), advocate and sheriff-substitute of The Firs, Selkirk

2 Dorothy Elizabeth Pocklington Scott Plummer née Senhouse, widow of Joseph Walter Scott Plummer, Colonel the 3rd Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders; they had married 1904, at Cockermouth Reg. Dist. and lived at Huntlyburn House, Selkirk, but he had died in 1909 after falling into the River Tweed near its confluence with the Ettrick Water, death certified by Dr J S Muir

3 Marian Chambers H ‘Molly’ Bullough née Spittal (1865-1921), daughter of Charles Grey Spittal, Sheriff Substitute for Roxburgh and one of Dr Muir’s friends, is referred to as being under some sort of mental health care in Edinburgh a number of times previously, perhaps since her husband William had died in 1913

4 Assume Frances Hay Spittal née Wilson, wife of Charles James ‘Charlie’ Spittal, Molly’s brother

5 The identity of Glenlee is unclear but this was obviously a bit of a routine because Dr Muir’s diary for Monday 9 June 1919 reads “Met Molly Bullough at [illegible] at 12.30 + went to Glenlee for lunch. Baptie following. Then Molly, Miss Forsyth + I had a run to Fort Street (where I saw the old home) through Leith to Portobello and Duddingston.” [Source: Scottish Borders Archives SBA/657/22]

6 Charles James ‘Charlie’ Spittal (1877-1947), rancher, accountant and son of Charles Grey Spittal, Sheriff Substitute for Roxburgh and one of Dr Muir’s friends; he had come back to the UK to fight in the First World War

7 Presumably to see Dr Muir’s childhood home at 5 North Port Street, North Leith

8 The North British Hotel, now the Balmoral, above Waverley Station

9 Alexander Logan ‘Sandy’ McClure (c.1860-1932), Advocate and sometime Sheriff of Argyle, and Jessie Evelyn Ramsay ‘Eva’ McClure née Hotson lived at 16 Heriot Row, Edinburgh

[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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