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

Sinn Fein outrage at Liverpool1

They ‘Phoned from Faldonside about 8 that Miss Dees2 had had a collapse + D. [Graham] + I went down first thing. Found that there had been a purulent discharge from the scars which had interfered with her breathing but she had rallied when we got down. I stayed all day + came home when D. came down again at 11. D. went down + stayed the night. He got Mrs Miller over at 1.30 this morning but the child was dead. I felt better today. Helen + Mrs Dickson3 (Jean Harper) walked out to the meet at ½ Crown Corner4. It was [a] dull misty day with rain at times.

1 About 40 fires were set in warehouses around Liverpool Docks by the Liverpool IRA causing £500,000 damage [Gerard Noonan ‘An eye for an eye’: The IRA’s campaign in 1920s Britain]

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 Not identified

4 Half Crown Corner, Lindean Moor, ENE of Selkirk, grid reference NGR NT501,296

[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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