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

A good deal of rain last night + roads very wet but it was a fine + drying day + they improved. Sharp N. wind. I was able to cycle in the town + to Yair Cribs1, Fairnilea [sic] Lodge2 + Boleside3. After tea saw one or two more. David4 had an operation for appendicitis at Viewfield at 4.30. Helen5 cycled to Hawkshaw6 to call for Miss Scott7. Was in the Chair at a lecture in the Church by Dr Ewing on Allenby’s campaign in Palestine8.

1 Shorthope Burn area, Yair, Caddonfoot

2 Fairnilee, Caddonfoot; this lodge is not identified on the Ordnance Survey 25 inch but must be distinguished from the Bogle Lodge at the north west of the estate

3 Boleside, Galashiels, above the River Tweed opposite Faldonside

4 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

5 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

6 Hawkshaw, Kirkhope

7 Miss Scott is unidentified

8 The Reverend William Ewing (1857-1932), M.C., D.D., born Corsock, Dumfriesshire, sometime minister in Edinburgh, he had a mission to Tiberias, Palestine, 1888-1892 (his diaries for this period are in the Bodleian Library GB 161 MSS.Brit.Emp.s.382); appointed Chaplain to the Forces he was with the Palestinian campaign of Field Marshal Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby and, after the Armistice, became the Chaplain of St Andrew’s Church in Jerusalem and wrote a memoir ‘From Gallipoli to Bagdhad’

[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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