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

Still bitterly cold + several blasts of snow but wind not as strong. No sunshine till evening. News that the strike has been called off1. I saw some town cases cycling in the forenoon + gave gas at Clark’s for tooth extraction2. In the afternoon motored to Gilmanscleuch School, Crosslee, Dundas Cottage and Oakwood. Lot of people in at night. Helen Smith3 + the 2 little boys McQueen came to tea. Helen4, Dora5 + Mrs Mack6 were in the Picture House.

1 The leaders of the transport and rail unions announced a decision not to call for strike action in support of the miners in their fight against post-war re-adjustment to their terms of employment thereby leaving, as History Today states, “the miners to fight on alone for three months, until they were driven back on worse terms than they could have had at the start.”

2 Assume Thomas Raeburn ‘T Raeburn’ Clark (1879-1943), dental surgeon at 8 The Green, Selkirk and of Ettrickbridge, 1920 Valuation Roll

3 Neither Helen Smith nor the two boys are identified – though they may conceivably be Helen Mary Locke Smith (1878-1958), who was a friend of Dr Muir’s daughters (and was recorded as looking after children in 1915) and two boys are perhaps James Chalmers McQueen and William John McQueen who were born at Innerleithen in 1908 and 1910 respectively

4 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

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

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

[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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