21 July 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Took a cab to the University where in the Bute Hall1 the meetings of R.B.2 are to be held. Met Steven3 who had very kindly reserved a seat in the 2nd front row along with Comrie4, Pearson5 + himself. Meeting began at 10. The Bute Hall is a fine place but the acoustics are bad. Wallace Henry6 in Chair + beside him Bolam7 (Chairman of Council) + Cox8 (Medical Sec.). A man came late + sat on my left to turned out to be Dyer9 from Alloa, my old assistant + on his other side was the only lady member Dr Alice Estcourt Oswald10 of Colchester. We had lunch at the Student Union where I made the acquaintance of Morrison11 from London who used to attend Jim12. In the afternoon we discussed Prof. [Professional] Secrecy + the post-graduate course. I walked back to Lizzie’s13, dressed + then went to the Represent[atives’] dinner at the Central Hotel14. I was at a table with Steven, Legerwood15, Craig16, a man Boyd from Manchester17 + 2 others. Took a taxi home at 11. Could not hear the speaker at all well.

1 The Bute Hall at the University of Glasgow is a magnificent Gothic revival building, built 1878-1884, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878), but executed by his son John Oldrid Scott (1841-1913) and Edwin Morgan; the Bute Hall was named for John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute, who had gifted the funds for its construction; it has a place in the Editor’s heart because his daughter had her graduation there

2 Assume the Representatives’ Body of the British Medical Association, held in Glasgow in July 1922, see Annual Meeting At Glasgow: Programme.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 2, no. 3212, 1922, pp. 29–36. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20420664. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022

3 Assume John Stevens (about 1858-1930), M.A., M.D., F.R.C.P.Ed., Physician to the Edinburgh Western Dispensary; his obituary in the British Medical Journal notes that “After joining the British Medical Association in 1892, he devoted a very large share of his time and energy to its various organisations, and the work of the Association may be said to have formed the principal hobby of his life. For many years he served as a member of the Executive Committee of the local Edinburgh Division, becoming its chairman in 1922. He became honorary secretary of the Edinburgh Branch in 1914, an office which held till 1927, when he became its President. He attended every Representative Body of the Association from 1914 till the year before his death, and served as a member of the Central Council from 1926 till his fatal illness rendered attendance at the meetings in London impossible.” [Br Med J 1930;2:196]

4 Assume John Dixon Comrie (1875-1939), M.D., F.R.C.P., medical practitioner, Physician to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and author of History of Scottish Medicine, 2 Vols., 1932

5 Pearson is so far unidentified

6 Robert Wallace Wesley Henry (1868-1931), B.A., M.D., medical practitioner

7 Assume Sir Robert Alfred Bolam (1871-1939), M.D., F.R.C.P., medical practitioner, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and heavily involved in the British Medical Association and the General Medical Council [source: Br Med J 1939;1:953]

8 Cox is so far unidentified

9 Perhaps Edmund Eustace Dyer (1866-1933), M.B., C.M., medical practitioner, of Gladstone House, Alloa, Clacks.

10 Dr Agnes ‘Nancy’ Estcourt-Oswald, formerly Oswald, née Williamson (1874-1965), M.B., D.P.H., medical practitioner and ophthalmic surgeon, born Bengal, India, died Gipping, Suffolk, she was unmarried – British Army Medical Officer, Essex Voluntary Aid Detachment, Empire Force Doctor (Bacteriologist) Scottish Women’s Hospitals, D.O.M.S., served 1915-16 in the Scottish Women’s Hospital, Abbaye de Royaumont, France [sources include: https://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/arthur-charles-fox-davies/armorial-families–a-directory-of-gentlemen-of-coat-armour-volume-1-dxo/page-161-armorial-families–a-directory-of-gentlemen-of-coat-armour-volume-1-dxo.shtml; https://livesofthefirstworldwar.iwm.org.uk/lifestory/5151523; birth: 21 Apr 1874 in India, Select Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947 and 1939 Register; death: Estcourt-Oswald, Agnes, Mar 1965 Gipping 4b 966]

11 Morrison is unidentified, see footnote 12

12 Assume James Logan ‘Jim’ Muir (1834-1914), East India Merchant, brother of John Stewart Muir; he died 4 February 1914 at Prestwick, Ayrshire, death certified by William Forsyth M.B. of Prestwick, so presumably any reference to Morrison is from a different consultation this was a reference to a physician that Jim Muir had consulted perhaps some time previously (he was earlier in his life noted as a “commission agent, London”)

13 Dr Muir was staying with his niece Elizabeth Orr ‘Lizzie’ Guthrie Smith née Rennie (1858–1926), daughter of the Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Church of Scotland minister and Catherine Stewart Rennie née Muir

14 The Central Hotel is definitely what Dr Muir has written but the British Medical Journal notes that the Representatives’ Dinner was at the Grand Hotel, Charing Cross; there is no confusing the two …

15 Legerwood is so far unidentified

16 Perhaps Robert William Craig (1880-1952), medical practitioner, who was at the Surgery, Pathhead (Crichton Parish, Midlothian), 1920 and 1925 Valuation Rolls; presumably the same Robert William Craig (1880-1952), medical practitioner (physician), who was elected F.R.S.E. on 6 March 1944 [Source: Former RSE Fellows 1783-2002]

17 Boyd is so far unidentified

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

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rumblingclint

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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