3 September 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A calm sunless day but only a few drops of rain once. Walked to Viewfield + Hospital + went to morning service where Dr Ross1 gave a eulogy of Mrs Lawson2 + the Dead March in Saul was played3. I had quite a lot of Strawberries + brought some in to Helen4. Many are mouldering. I did some work at the Hospital report + Helen + I supped at Wellwood5. Joan Robertson6 is there.

1 Assume the Reverend Andrew Ross (1871-1942), Church of Scotland clergyman who moved to Selkirk in 1903 and was there until his retiral with the exception of a period in early 1918 when he was in France with the Scottish Churches Huts.

2 Cecil Lawson née Mackinlay (about 1837-1922), widow of the Reverend John Lawson, minister of the First United Presbyterian Church, had died 26 August 1922 aet 85 at Knowepark, Selkirk; she was the daughter of James Mackinlay, East India Merchant, and Isabella Mackinlay née Murray.

3 The Dead March from Act III of the oratorio Saul (1738) by G F Handel initiates the funeral rites of Saul and Jonathan.

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

5 Wellwood, Ettrick Terrace, Selkirk, home of the Roberts family.

6 Joan Robertson’s arrival in Selkirk was recorded in Dr Muir’s diary of 30 August 1922 but she 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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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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