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

Dull day but dry + calm. Saw 5 town cases + Hospital cycling + Cannon Street + on to Faldonside for Cath Duff1. Wrote the words of “If I Should Die Tonight”2 + tried to memorise them. Spent all the afternoon + evening getting up material for my reply to the toast of B.M.A. tomorrow night3.

1 Cath Duff is not identified, perhaps a member of staff

2 This probably refers to the poem by Thomas Gray “If I should die and leave you | Be not like the others, quick undone | Who keep long vigils by the silent | dust and weep. For my sake turn to life and smile | Nerving thy heart and trembling | hand to comfort weaker souls than thee. | Complete these unfinished tasks of mine | And I perchance may therein comfort thee.”

3 Dr Muir was at a British Medical Association event the following day, see his diary entry for 16 November 1921

[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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