13 April 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Dull sunless day with slight rain almost continuously from 10. N.W. [wind] saw a few town cases walking + went at the accounts. Dora1 came at 3.54 very well + as fat as ever. David2 called with the momentous news that he has been called up with the 4th K.O.S.B. + has to go to Duddingston tomorrow3. I also got a notice from Morren4 to be prepared as Capt of Chief Constable.

1 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter who had been working away from the Scottish Borders

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

3 There was a declaration of a state of emergency in anticipation of a widespread strike on 15 April 1921 with the government establishing a special Defence Corps to confront striking workers and, as this post indicates, there was a widespread mobilisation behind it

4 John Morren (1863-1950), O.B.E., K.P.M., Chief Constable of the separate forces of Roxburgh, Selkirk and Berwickshire from around 1909

[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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