12 May 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Raining last night but fair all day: pleasant + warm: roads sticky. Motored in town + to Beechwood, Philiphaugh Stables + Oakwood. Cycled down to Curror Street to see Mrs James Cockburn1. Did town book work. Had smoke at the bower. Wade2 came by motor (a new, nice little Calcott3) at 6.20. Gave him some tea. He lectured in Union Hall on his experiences in Egypt, Syria + Palestine: fair audience. Smith in chair. Collec. (taken during an interval) £4 5 0. We had supper after to which Barbara4 came + David5 looked in. He, poor chap, had to go to Crosslee late at night.

1 Mrs Cockburn is not yet identified

2 This may well be Henry Wade (1876-1955), surgeon, scientist and soldier; a medical student at Edinburgh, he subsequently worked at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh but also saw two periods of military service, in the Boer War and (as Captain to the Scottish Horse Mounted Brigade) in the Dardanelles, Egypt and Syria campaigns during the First World War [Dugald Gardner (2005), ‘Surgeon, Scientist, Soldier – The life and times of Henry Wade 1876-1955’, Royal Society of Medicine Press]

3 Calcott or Calcott Brothers Ltd. ran a car factory in their old bicycle works at Far Gosford Street, Coventry from 1913 until 1926 when, having produced about 2,500 cars, they were taken over by Singer [http://www.britishmm.co.uk/history.asp?id=183 – archived]

4 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996)

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

[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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