2 December 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

The most lovely day we have had for many a long day. Continuous sunshine + only a little W. wind : very clear, perhaps too clear. Was called up at 1 a.m. for Mrs Thomson + came + went to the Smoking room till 5. when I remained + delivered her (Chlor. + forceps) of a son at 6.10.1 It was a beautiful moonlit night + there was a ball (illegible)2 in the Victoria Hall. Hounds at Haining : walked out to above the glade3 + saw a good deal of them. Nancy + Helen4 joined me + we went on to Whitmuir + then came home. David5 had a mount from Lord Dalkeith.6

1 George Elliot Scott Thomson, born 06.10 on 2 December 1922 at 8 Dovecot Park, Selkirk, the son of George Elliot Scott Thomson, ironmonger, and Elsie Skene Thomson née Coutts, married 10 July 1920 at Alloa.

2 This event cannot be identified and does not appear to have been commented upon in the Southern Reporter.

3 The Editor cannot identify a specific location.

4 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s second and third daughters respectively.

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

6 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.

[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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