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

Anniversary Services.1 Munro preached but I could hear very little of what he said. Saw him in Vestry. He is getting bald + stout.2 Made only four calls + there were no messages. I am a professional nonentity!3 Did not go to evening service. Jack, Nancy4 + Mrs Mack5 came to supper. I worked away at my speech + recitation6 (Kirkbride7) but they all thought I should do something more cheerful.

1 There were “special anniversary services” on the weekend of 22 October 1922 as well as the event at the Victoria Hall in honour of the semi-jubilee of the Reverend Dr Andrew Ross (1871-1942) [see the Southern Reporter, Thursday 26 October 1922].

2 The Reverend James Lorimer Munro (1870-1962), OBE, MA, Church of Scotland minister, born James Reid Munro at Tain, Ross-shire, he was with the Scottish Churches’ Huts Committee 1916-17, and was described as one of the greatest preachers of his time; at the date of Mr Ross’s anniversary Mr Munro was at Mayfield Church, Edinburgh.

3 Dr Muir had been feeling progressively diminished and under-used since he had entered into partnership with David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963) though whether this was justified is impossible to know.

4 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), Dr Muir’s son-in-law, and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), his second daughter.

5 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk.

6 As so very often Dr Muir had been invited to give a speech, in this case at the Victoria Hall for the presentation to Mr Ross on 23 October.

7 Kirkbride is not (yet) identified but in any case the long description of the event in the Southern Reporter does not mention the title of Dr Muir’s recital.

[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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