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

Took train to University after a very good breakfast at the Caledonian Hotel1. The business of the A. G. M. was suspended to instal Sir W. McEwen2 as President + elect as President for 1923-24 C. P. Childe F.R.C.S. Portsmouth3. I lunched with Dyer4 + left the afternoon at the end of the afternoon session took tram to the Central where I caught the 4.15 for Wemyss Bay5. Had a delightful journey the scenery from Dumbarton on was lovely6. Mrs Dubs7 met me with her car. She lives about ½ mile from station8. After lunch she took me for a run to Skelmorlie, Largs + Fairlie9 on the road Mousey + I went on our tour from Kirkcaldy 11 or 12 years ago10. A Mrs Harrower11, wife of an Aberdeen Greek Prof., came on a visit. Saw the old Yair housemaid Marion12. Beautifully clear + sunny all afternoon + evening.

1 Dr Muir had been obliged to stay at the Caledonian Hotel the previous night, see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 24 July 1922

2 Dr Muir was attending the 90th Annual Meeting 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 Sir William Macewen (1848-1924), CB, FRS, FRCS, Scottish surgeon, a pioneer in modern brain surgery and neurosurgery, and President of the British Medical Association, 1922-23 [“British Medical Association. Ninetieth Annual Meeting, Glasgow, July 25th, 26th, 27th, & 28th, 1922.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 3202, BMJ, 1922, pp. 173–75, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20419990.%5D

4 Charles Plumley Childes (1858-1926), F.R.C.S., British surgeon, cancer researcher, public health activist, pioneering advocate of cancer education, and President of the British Medical Association, 1923-24 [“British Medical Association. Ninety-First Annual Meeting, Portsmouth, July 24th To 27th, 1923. Provisional Programme.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 3261, BMJ, 1923, pp. 285–87, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20423935.%5D

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

7 Margaret Forsyth Dubs, formerly Smith, née Arthur (1853-1935), daughter of William Rae Arthur, engineer, and Margaret Arthur née Boyd; she had married, secondly, 1909, Frank Albert Dubs (1860-1920) – at around the time that he moved from Glasgow to Yair Mansion, Caddonfoot, Selkirkshire – and after his death (and sometime after 12 March 1921) she had flitted to a house called Woodbourne at Wemyss Bay, Inverkip, Renfrewshire

8 From the distance is seems that Dr Muir alighted Wemyss Bay (the terminus) not at Inverkip and Woodbourne is visible at the south end of Wemyss Bay Road on Ordnance Survey 25 inch Renfrewshire Sheet V.6, published 1913. Size: map 64.4 cm x 96.6 cm (25.344 S195,672, Largs NS204,592 and Fairlie NS210,551 Woodbourne at Wemyss Bay, Inverkip, Renfrewshire

9 Skelmorlie, North Ayrshire, grid reference NGR NS195,672, Largs NS204,592 and Fairlie NS210,551 –

10 The Ayrshire coast road is a long way from Kirkcaldy

11 Rachel ‘Blanche’ Geddes (1860-1926), daughter of Sir William Geddes, Principal of Aberdeen University, had married, 1887, John Harrower (1857-1933), LL.D., Professor of Greek in Aberdeen University since 1886 [marriage, Harrower, John and Geddes, Rachel Blanche, 1887, 168/4 9, Old Aberdeen]

12 Marion has not (yet) been identified

[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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