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

Some hoar frost + wind slight + round to S.W. but still very cold. A very little snow left on Peat Law + Foulshiels: David1 arrived back unexpectedly + so of course I had less to do. Cycled a round of 12 or 13 [cases] + was not out after lunch. Letter from Jean.2 Invitation to Platform3 for Henderson’s4 meeting tomorrow when Prof. Sarolea5 is to speak.

1 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., Ch.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner.

2 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter.

3 In the 1922 General Election the other parties in the Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency 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).

4 Sir Thomas Henderson (1874-1951), Scottish businessman and briefly Member of Parliament for the National Liberal Party; he was a director Messrs. Innes, Henderson and Co. Ltd., hosiery manufacturers of Hawick.

5 Dr Charles Sarolea (1870-1953), lecturer, later Professor, of French and Romance Philology, University of Edinburgh and long-time Belgian Consul-General; later a pro-Fascist, it is not clear what his role was in the 1922 General Election.

[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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