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

Quite fresh : calm : N.E.E. [wind] : dull with intermittent sunshine + occasional drizzle. Walked to Home, Elmrow, Rockville1 + Heathpark. Motored to Dunsdale, Buccleuch Road, Heatherlie, Ettrick Shaws, Harewoodglen + C… [?] Cottage. Then walked to Goslaw Green + Shawpark. People in at night from 6 till 7.30. Helen2 went with Jack, Nancy3 + Mrs Mack4 to her [hear] Sir [blank] Grant,5 Indepent Liberal Candidate.6 Erskine Harper7 has been chosen as Candidate for Gorbals Division of Glasgow.8

1 Rockville, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk, home of Robert Currie junior (about 1847-1923), woollen hosiery manufacturer, son of Robert Currie, hosiery manufacturer, and Mary Currie née Little, he was married to Mary Murray.

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

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

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

5 Sir Alfred Hamilton Grant (1872-1937), 12th Baronet KCSI KCIE, known as Hamilton Grant, a British diplomat who served primarily in India; after the death of his first wife he married, 1914, Margaret Lucia Cochran of Ashkirk, Selkirkshire, left India in 1922 and, returning to Britain, decided to pursue a political career whereupon he was chosen as Independent Liberal candidate for Roxburgh and Selkirk, a constituency which, in the general election held that year the other parties stepped aside to allow the two Liberal candidates to fight the seat (the Editor cannot find a reason for this but perhaps it was out of respect for the previous M.P. Robert Munro, who had served as Secretary for Scotland from 1916, and was on 17 October 1922* appointed to the bench as Lord Justice Clerk and President of Second Division of the Court of Session, taking the judicial title Lord Alness).
* The London Gazette, 20 October 1922, Issue 32757, page 7369.

6 In the Poll on Wednesday 15 November 1922 Grant was narrowly defeated:
Sir Thomas Henderson (National Liberal): 10,356 votes (51.7%)
Sir Alfred Hamilton Grant (Liberal): 9,698 (48.3%).
Turnout: 20,054 (60.9%).

7 James ‘Erskine’ Harper (1887-1953), barrister, son of Ebenezer Erskine Harper, sheriff substitute, and Agnes Harper née Watson, later Mackintosh; brother of Agnes Durnford née Harper.

8 The Poll held on Wednesday 15 November 1922 elected George Buchanan (Labour) with 16,478 votes (54.5%), with James Erskine Harper (National Liberal) second with 8,276 (27.4%) and John Maclean (Independent Communist) third with 4,027 (13.3%).

[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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