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]