1 November 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

What with heavy rain all night + melted snow Ettrick was in top flood. It hasn’t been so big for a year. It was still raining when I went out at 10 but soon faired + was dry + sunny with a cold N.W. wind. I saw a town list walking + began to make out some accounts. I went to a meeting in Victoria Hall when Sir Thomas Henderson of Hawick the N.L. Candidate1 was to have spoken but he was ill + didn’t come. Major Innes2 + Prof. Sarolea3 spoke. I didn’t hear him well.

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

2 Major Innes is so far unidentified but was described in the Southern Reporter as “of Hawick” [‘Sir Thomas Henderson’s Campaign’, The Southern Reporter, 9 November 1922].

3 Dr Charles Sarolea (1870 – 1953) lecturer, later Professor of French and Romance Philology, University of Edinburgh, and Belgian Consul-General; later a pro-Fascist, it is not clear what his role was generally-speaking in the 1922 General Election but at Selkirk he gave “A long address dealing mainly with German finance” [‘Sir Thomas Henderson’s Campaign’, The Southern Reporter, 9 November 1922].

[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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