16 June 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

The warmest day yet: no wind + strong sun. Brown patches on Park more apparent: water off all afternoon + evening. Angus Gillan + Margaret1 left at 10.30 en route for somewhere south of Newcastle via Kelso + Wooler. Saw Geo. Brown about light stockings. Cycled in town + to show ground where I saw a woman Smith … Then went on to Ovenscloss + back by Ashybank. Stopped in wood opposite Lindean + had a cigarette. Had call from Miss + Louisa Lockhart2, the latter looking especially nice. Dora3 had Walt. Benzies wife4 to tea. Helen5 + Peter6 went a picnic to Philip[haugh] Cauld. I went by invitation to the Colonial Colour Bussing7 + proposed the vote of thanks.

1 Margaret Douglas Gillan née Ord Mackenzie (1891-1973), daughter of Montague Allan Ord Mackenzie and Frances Gordon ‘Fanny’ Ord Mackenzie née Rennie (and therefore Dr Muir’s niece); she had married, 1917, (James) Angus Gillan (1885–1981), Olympic rower and colonial administrator

2 The Lockharts are not identified

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

4 The best ‘fit’ is Jean Benzies née Currie [1915, 685/4 806, St Giles], wife of Walter Benzies; though they were living in Edinburgh in 1920 both had a connection with Galashiels

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

6 Peter Allan is not (yet) identified

7 Selkirk Colonial Society was founded in Canada in 1910 by exiles from the town of Selkirk, Scotland. The Society’s members provide a ‘Golden Banner’ which became a powerful symbol and rallying point for Selkirk’s exiles who return each year in June, from all parts of the world, to attend the Selkirk Common Riding. At each Common Riding a Colonial Standard Bearer is appointed to carry the Golden Banner and is charged to ‘cast’ this flag in Selkirk’s Market Place on Common Riding morning along with Selkirk’s six other appointed Standard Bearers. [See Selkirk Colonial Society and also the records of Selkirk Colonial Society (including the ‘Order Book’ the Society’s earliest book of record) at the Heritage Hub, Hawick, reference SBA/1019/1-4]

[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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