4 March 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A drying day but pretty cold from N.W. Cycled to Oakwood1 + Fauldshope and Shielshaugh + in afternoon walked to Forest Road, Oakhurst, Ashybank +c. With Helen + Barbara2 motored to Gala at night to see “The Yeoman of the Guard”. It was the first time I had been in the Gala Playhouse.3 It is very nice. We were in the “Family Circle” (4/-)4. The performance was excellent. Jeffrey as the Jailer, Mrs Rob. Ruthven5 as Eliza Maynard, + John Dunn as the Jester were particularly good.

1 Dr Muir was making repeated visits to Simon Linton at Oakwood around this time.

2 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper and Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996).

3 The Galashiels Playhouse opened on Market Street in 1920 as a dance hall, theatre and cinema and is currently (2022) celebrating its belated centenary.

4 This was the standard expression of four shillings and no pence (d) pre-decimalisation (the Editor feels that it is redundant to explain this but one would now have to be 60-ish to have used ‘old money’).

5 Assume Jessie Kerr Ruthven née Turner (1893-1941), wife of Robert Ruthven, plumber, son of Baillie Ruthven and sometime 2nd Lieutenant A.S.C.; Jessie and Robert had married 1915, at Ladhope Parish Church, Galashiels.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

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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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