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

Much milder + no rain but very Misty. Breakfasted at 9 + read Scotsman in smoking room. ‘Phoned Helen1. Walked out to King’s Theatre2 + booked seats for Sister Waugh3 + self. Then back by Princes Street. Called at H. + I.4 about watch + at Lennie’s5 re my eyeglasses. Then up to Carlton Hill. Got no view but enjoyed seeing boys at High School engaged much the same as 70 years ago! Then out to Lutton Place6. Bought some grapes for Kenneth7 who looks much worse. Saw Dora + Jean8 + got some lunch. Went to Pictures for an hour. Waugh came to the Cally9 at 7 + we had dinner + then to see Seymour Hicks10 in “The Gentleman in Evening Dress”11, not half as good as last weekly play [sic].

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

2 The Editor assumes this reads King’s Theatre in which case Dr Muir went out to Leven Street, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, not far from The Meadows

3 Nurse (or Sister) Waugh is not identified though she has been referred to a number of times in these diaries

4 Hamilton & Inches (1866-), Edinburgh jewellers and silversmiths

5 Lennie Optician, later E Lennie Opticians, jewellers and opticians, at 46 Princes Street until 1921

6 Lutton Place, Newington, Edinburgh, home of Frederick and Jean Pike

7 Frederick Charles Pike (1883-1921), theatrical agent, had married Dr Muir’s daughter Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir in 1920 but was gravely ill by this time

8 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter and Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter

9 The Cally refers to the Caledonian Hotel at the junction of Princes Street and Rutland Street

10 Sir Edward ‘Seymour’ Hicks (1871-1949), actor, music hall performer, playwright, actor-manager and producer, who often appeared together with his wife Mary, Lady Hicks, ‘Ellaline Terriss’, born Mary Ellaline Lewin (1871-1971), actress and singer [sources: IMDb, Seymour Hicks, Biography and IMDb, Ellaline Terriss, Biography]

11 Assume ‘The Man in Dress Clothes’, an adaptation of a French farce ‘L’Homme en habit’ described as “pièce en 3 actes, Théâtre des Variétés 1920” by André Picard (1873-1926) and Yves Mirande (1876-1957), translated from the French by Seymour Hicks; a programme of Hicks’ version from the April 1922 lists the cast as “John J Hooker, Joan Vivian Rees, Seymour Hicks, Stanley Logan, J C Buckstone, Hubert Fraser, Frances Doble, Harry Jameson, Laurence Caird, Barbara Hoffe, Osa Marsh, Adeline Roze, Louis Palgrave, Vivienne Whitaker et al [sources: programme in the possession of the Editor and peoplepill.com, André Picard]

[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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