9 September 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Rose at 5 + breakfasted at 6 intending to have a cycle run probably to Carnwath + Colinton but it was such a dense [illegible word] fog that I gave it up. The sun came out about noon + it was a fine warm afternoon but very hazy: cycled to Sund. Hall Lodge + via Boleside to Gattonside Bridge + Faldonside where I vaccinated Moncaster’s baby1 + saw the cook. Went to meeting of the General War Memorial Committee re the inscription2. It appeared there had been meetings of the Special Committee of which I had got no notice. The chief discussion was on the question of having the words “To the glory of God” + it was carried by 15 to 12 that they be retained3.

1 Doris Moncaster (1921-1990) had been born 24 June 1921, at Faldonside, Galashiels, the daughter of John Norman Moncaster, chauffeur (domestic), and Frances Martha Moncaster née Batty

2 The location, commissioning and design of Selkirk War Memorial, Ettrick Terrace had been in discussion for a while (the decision to commission Sir Robert Lorimer had been made at a meeting on 29 July 1919 – see Dr Muir’s diary) and the memorial was unveiled in 1922

3 Selkirk War Memorial does indeed start with “To The Glory Of God” and continues “& In Honoured Memory Of The Men Of The Burgh & Parish Of Selkirk Who Fell In The Great War” [Selkirk, Ettrick Terrace, War Memorial, Canmore ID 100370, grid reference NGR NT46917,28538 Permalink]

[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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