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

Nancy went home to Wellwood1 today.

Everything was very wet this morning but it was fair all day + beautifully mild. David2 had 2 operations ([illegible] Miss Watson3 + fat Mrs Ray4) which took from 11 till 2. There were no messages + I spent the afternoon concocting some remarks for tonight. I took the place of Prov. Crichton5 at a concert to raise funds for a club. for ex-soldiers.6 I had to introduce Lord Dalkeith7 who was there with his wife The Duchess + a party from Bowhill : the Scott Plummets8 were present. Every item on the 2nd half of the programme was encored!

1 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter, had stayed at Thorncroft while her husband John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966) was away in London, see Dr Muir’s diary for 2 November 1922.

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

3 Miss Watson is so far unidentified.

4 Mrs Ray (possibly Roy) is so far unidentified.

5 Prov. Crichton is Baillie William Crichton (about 1854-1934), printer and publisher.

6 Selkirk Ex-Soldiers Association advertised an Armistice Concert, chairman the Earl of Dalkeith, in aid of a fund for a club for Selkirk ex-Servicemen [Southern Reporter, 2 November 1922].

7 Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott (1894-1973), 8th Duke of Buccleuch, succeeded 19 October 1935, the eldest son and heir to the Buccleuch dukedom and known at this time as Lord Dalkeith; he had married, 21 April 1921, Vreda Esther Mary ‘Molly’ Lascelles (1900-1993), later the Duchess of Buccleuch.

8 Assume Charles Henry Scott Plummer (1859-1948), of Middlestead and Sunderland Hall, J.P.; Lord-Lieutenant of Selkirk, and his wife Muriel Grace Plummer née Johnstone-Douglas (1874-1961).

[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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