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

Another fine sunny but sharp day. Heavy hail + rain shower at 5. David1 went back to Edin. this morning early + did not go to Peelburnfoot as he intended after dressing And. Inglis2 + seeing others I cycled there. It was … in …. Called also for Mich. Glendinning3. Paid my Feu Duty + Fire Insur[ance]. Found the lost Bank book of the firm in my bag! Got Income tax return for firm + self adjusted + sent off. News of the murder in Ireland of Mrs Steel’s brother Capt. Cornwallis4.

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

2 Andrew Inglis of Tait’s Hill, Selkirk had been operated on the day before by Dr Graham with Dr Muir’s assistance, see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 16 May 1921

3 Michael Glendinning (d.1922), retired farmer and by 1920 the tenant occupier of a house and garden at Peelburnfoot, Caddonfoot parish; he was formerly the tenant at Williamhope and was widower of Euphemia Riddle

4 Captain Fiennes Wykeham Mann Cornwallis (1890-1921), a Croix de Guerre, M.C., was killed by the Irish Republican Army at the Ballyturin House Ambush, Gort, County Galway during the Irish War of Independence; he was the brother of the Hon. Vere Mabel Strang Steel née Cornwallis (1889-1964), second wife of Samuel ‘Sam’ Strang Steel (1882-1961), 1st Baronet, M.P., J.P., T.D., Lord Lieutenant of Selkirk 1948-1958

[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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