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

Bonar Law Premier1

Wind continues steadily in N.E. + very cold. There has been snow in several places. I made only 4 visits. Called at Ettrickbrae Manse to ask Ross2 for information on several things.3 Saw his two brothers, both doctors, one in Stockton + the other in Hartlepool.4 They motored here yesterday. Got my speech up. Very successful Social for Ross’ Semi-Jubilee5 about 600 present6: [illegible] tables + 2 on platform. Some good speeches + songs. I made presentation of £50 + book case to Ross + Mrs Mack7 of a gold bracelet watch to Mrs Ross.8 Jack + Nancy9 were present. Hutton of Stow10, nephew of Dr Thomas11 stayed here. A very nice fellow with a little more culture than his worthy uncle.

1 Andrew Bonar Law (1858-1923) served as a Conservative Prime Minister 23 October 1922 to 20 May 1923.

2 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.

3 Dr Muir was researching information for Mr Ross’s semi-jubilee social meeting at the Victoria Hall on Monday 23 October 1922.

4 The two brothers are as yet unidentified.

5 The event was in honour of Mr Ross’s semi-jubilee as a minister rather than his time at Selkirk.

6 There is a very detailed report on event in the Southern Reporter, Thursday 26 October 1922.

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

8 Elizabeth Elder Ross née Sinclair (1875-1939).

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

10 The Reverend John Riddell Hutton (1878-1938), of the United Free Church Manse, Stow and Moderator of the Presbytery of Galashiels, son of William Hutton, U.P. Minister, and Mary Hutton née Thomas who had married 27 March 1861 at Mauchline.

11 Hutton’s uncle is as yet 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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