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

A dull day with rain in afternoon+ evening. Saw 2 cases in town cycling + went on to Beechwood, back to Bridgelands + Hospital. Finished a very long letter to Patrick1 + wrote Helen.2 Dined with Sandy Roberts3 at Forest Club.4 There were 12 there including Plummer5, Scott (Gala)6, Sprot7, Steel8, Gen. Jardine9, Pringle Pattison10, Ramsay11, Hamilton Murray12 *13 Dundas14, Roberts + self.

1 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902.

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

3 Alexander Fowler ‘Sandy’ Roberts (1844-1929), woollen manufacturer, of Fairnilee; Dr Muir was his guest at this meeting.

4 The Forest Club (a Selkirk based sporting club) reports this meeting of 3 October 1922 in its minutes, held at the Heritage Hub, Hawick, reference SBA/584/4, which document its membership, administration, activities and finances.

5 Charles Henry Scott Plummer (1859-1948), J.P., Lord-Lieutenant of Selkirkshire, of Middlestead and Sunderland Hall.

6 John Henry Francis Kinnaird Scott (1859-1935) of Gala.

7 Mark Sprot (1881-1946), landowner and army officer, of Riddell, Lilliesleaf.

8 Samuel Strang ‘Sam’ Steel (1882-1961), M.P. Ashford, Kent 1918-1929, created 1st Baronet Steel, of Philiphaugh, Selkirk on 2 July 1938; sometime director of the Bank of Scotland and of the LNER before 1948, Lord-Lieutenant of Selkirk 1948-1958.

9 Brigadier General James Bruce Jardine (1870-1955), C.M.G., D.S.O., D.L., British soldier and diplomat, later a Deputy Lieutenant for Roxburghshire, he owned land at Shawburn and Chesterknowes, Bowden and lived at Chesterknowes Park [1921 Valuation Roll, VR011600033-/538, Roxburgh County, page 538 of 993].

10 Andrew Seth Pringle-Pattison (1856–1931), Scottish philosopher.

11 Douglas Munro Ramsay (1878-1951), of Bowland, Stow, Midlothian [birth, 18 Jun 1878, York, Ontario, Canada; death 1951, 699/ 9, Stow].

12 Hamilton Murray is not yet identified.

13 The other guests, omitted here but recorded in the The Forest Club minutes and presumably indicated by the asterisk, were Charles Bertram Dunlop (1877-1956) and James L Pringle (who is not yet identified).

14 Assume William Claxton Dundas (1887-1968), solicitor and County Clerk for Selkirkshire after the First World War.

[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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