11 November 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Burial of an “Unknown Warrior” at Westminster Abbey1

Armistice Day. Lovely morning + forenoon but duller in afternoon. Quite dry. Cycled down to Faldonside first thing. Phyllis2 sick again + a bad night. At 11 gave Peggy Orr3 chlor[orform] + Dav. [Graham] removed her Appendix. Saw some town cases after + paid Feu Duty &c. Dav. got wire announcing Mrs Welsh’s death4 + went to London at night. I cycled down to Faldonside at 7. Roads splendid: very dark. Phyllis very sleepless. Gave her Bromide. Had supper with Mrs D. + her sister Miss Henderson5. Dees6 at Newcastle. Mrs Mackintosh7 came to tea + brought me a section of heather honey.

1 Westminster Abbey’s desciption of the event is here

2 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920), daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside; she had been involved in a car accident near Berrybush while travelling between the Gordon Arms and Tushielaw

3 Assume Margaret Grieve ‘Peggy’ Orr (1897-), daughter of James Scott Orr, powerloom tuner, and Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Orr née Cavers

4 Johannah Welsh, died December Quarter 1920, aged 84, Mile End, 1c 382, looks like the only match but it is not clear why this would have caused Dr Graham to hurry south

5 Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson (1872-1948), Phyllis Dees’ mother had several sisters, two of whom – Robina and Isobel – never married and died after 1920, so it is not possible to identify Miss Henderson

6 Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923), Edith Dees’ husband

7 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

[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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