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

Lovely day. Was delightful with the views from the University which stands high + overlooks some public gardens + the Art Gallery. Was interested to find that a row of trees at Kirklea Gardens are Service trees1 + [illegible] as the one that Amy2 + I differed about at the Black Down3. I walked down to the Bute Hall for the meeting at 9.304. The chief business was the Hospital question. Dyer5 didn’t come up today. At lunch I had the great pleasure of meeting Doyley Grange formerly of Moffat6. The representatives were photographed in the East Quadrangle. I left the meeting at 6 + walked out to Lizzie’s7. It is about 1¼ miles. Said “good bye” as they all go off to Dunblane on Monday + got the 7.35 from St Enoch’s for Prestwick + got to Ladyton at about 98. Kitty Taylor + her husband Ernest Mulier9 [sic] home from Shanghai came along in a Swift car10 + when Ernest was showing it to me a big motor bus banged into it + crumpled up the off front mudguard. I found Rennie very well but I had a lot of his old stories all over again11 .

1 The Wild Service Tree Sorbus torminalis

2 Dr Muir had walked with Amy Kathleen Waldie (1889-1960), niece of James Wallace (about 1841-1922) Dr Muir’s brother-in-law (whose funeral he had attended in Surrey earlier in July) though there was no reference in that diary entry to a discussion about trees, see Dr Muir’s diary for 10 July 1922

3 Black Down, above Haslemere, Surrey, highest point 280m at grid reference NGR SU919,296

4 The meeting was that of the Representatives’ Body of the British Medical Association, held at Glasgow in July 1922, see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 21 July 1922

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

6 William D’Oyly Grange (about 1851-1936), M.D. Ed. 1880, medical practitioner, born St Kitts, described in the Medical Directory as Medical Officer of Health and Major 3rd Volunteer Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers, he appears to have practised at Moffat in the 1880s and 1890s, wrote ‘Moffat & Its Medical Waters’ and, with his wife Lucy Burness, had children George Rochfort, Charles, James Burness and Harriet Lucy Kingsmill born Moffat 1884, 1887, 1890 and 1894 respectively; by the 1911 Census they were living in Bournemouth

7 Dr Muir had been 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

8 Ladyton, Prestwick, Ayrshire, home of the Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924), Church of Scotland minister, Dr Muir’s widowed brother-in-law

9 Dr Muir had misheard the name: this refers to Hugh Ernest Muriel (1886-1979), banker, and Katherine Stewart Rennie ‘Kitty’ – sometimes ‘Kate’ – Muriel née Taylor (1883-1960), daughter of Edward Earl Taylor (1855-1929) and Jane Logan Rennie (1855-1915), Dr Muir’s niece

10 The Swift Motor Company made Swift Cars in Coventry; Dr Muir (or the medical practice) had run one as a ‘workhorse’ car since he had acquired it some time before August 1914

11 Rennie was a great talker, not always to Dr Muir’s pleasure – see for instance Dr Muir’s diary entry for 11 March 1922

[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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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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