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

General Election1

Another fine day. Walked round town Mavisbank, Hospital, Dunsdale [and] Heather Mill. Went down with Matron Waugh2 to Knowepark + Church where we both voted for Henderson.3 Very little excitement. Felt a cold coming on + took to inhalation + an opium [?] pill at night. Finished putting up the accounts for Baptie4 to deliver.5

1 The 1922 general election was a very messy affair with two Liberal factions and profound changes in Ireland (the election was not held in Southern Ireland because of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in late 1921), as well as the election of a Scottish Prohibition candidate in Dundee, a Constitutionalist at Dartford, a Communist at Motherwell and an Irish Nationalist at Liverpool Scotland, but it put the Conservative Party in power for 34 of the next 42 years (and Labour became, for the rest of the 20th Century, its main rival across Great Britain).

2 Matron or Nurse Waugh has not been identified, see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 13 November 1922.

3 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.

4 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir.

5 The Selkirk accounts were deliver by hand by Baptie while the others were posted.

[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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