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

This is the first morning for a week that there has been no fog.

There was only a very slight drizzle in the forenoon. It was cold with an E. wind but on the whole a reasonable day. I saw Mrs Harper1 + Amos2 at Viewfield, both as well as could be expected. Motored to Dunsdale Mill + Faldonside. Was in the house all afternoon except to see Mrs Archibald Johnstone3, the Glebe, who had [? Laryngitis]. Helen was all afternoon at a sale of work for Lord Roberts’ Workshops4 in Victoria Hall.

1 Margaret Jane Harper née Lyle, of Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, wife of John Johnstone or Johnston Harper (c.1851-1932)

2 John Amos, shepherd, had suffered a very serious compound fracture and dislocation at Glengaber, Yarrow on 14th October 1920; he was “Inhabitant Occupier, not rated” at Glengaber, 1920 Valuation Roll

3 Not identified

4 Workshops for ex-servicemen, particularly those disabled, producing a range of toys, games and household items; they were named Lord Roberts’ Memorial Workshops in 1914, in memory of Field Marshall Lord Roberts (1832-1914) who had taken an interest in them, and were latterly operated by the S.S.A.F.A.; the last one in Scotland closed in 2013

[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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