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

Fair morning [word deleted] calm + bright. Slight showers in forenoon + pretty wet in afternoon. Not so cold. Stewart1 came down from Clovenfords + saw John Gray2, Castle Street + Mrs Wright3 at Viewfield. I saw some town cases. Did not get to church. It was Communion + individual cups were to be used for the first time4. Dora went out for the first time since she came + we supped at Wellwood. Baptie5 holding the fort. Was called away from Wellwood at 8.30 to go to Warwick6, Shielshaugh.

1 See footnote to diary entry for 24 July 1920

2 John Gray, engineer, was Proprietor Occupier at 18 Castle Street, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

3 Not identified

4 There had been a dispute rumbling on for a couple of decades about the use of individual cups instead of a single cup to be shared, at the General Assembly of 1909 it was decided in favour of a compromise motion which stood half way between the Committee’s Report and the Minority Report, which stated “… they do not feel justified in forbidding the individual cup, much as they regret the introduction of a practice so novel and in many respects so undesirable. The General Assembly at the same time charge ministers and presbyteries to see that the harmony and peace of congregations are not disturbed over this holy ordinance and that those who desire it shall always have as convenient means and opportunity of partaking in the manner heretofore in use.” and, though the Procurator ruled that the individual cup was illegal according to church law, his ruling was ignored and the motion became the deliverance of the General Assembly – more information here https://www.churchservicesociety.org/sites/default/files/journals/1978-Nov-2-12.pdf

5 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

6 Andrew Warwick, head gamekeeper, and Margaret Warwick née Jackson lived at Shielshaugh; they had lost a child the previous year

[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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