19 January 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Walked to Hospital (little girl Paterson1 from Gala very ill) + Goslaw Green + then cycled to Whitmuir. There was a stiff S.W. wind + slight drizzle which by the afternoon developed into a Sou’ Wester + heavy rain, later N.W. + fair. Did Hospital a second time + message to Minnie Brown, Dunreay.2 Went to a concert by Mrs Kennedy Fraser + her sister.3 The latter a magnificent singer. They have a lot of Hebridean songs.4 There was a very poor turn out. Saw Mrs Mack home.5

1 This refers to Margaret Paterson (1916-) of Damside, Galashiels, the daughter of Joseph Paterson, woollen millworker employed in 1921 by Robert Sanderson tweed manufacturers and sometime Lance Corporal 151167 [sic, sources give 20018], 2nd Royal Scots, and Jessie Paterson née Douglas, married 17 October 1902 at Galashiels.

2 Minnie Mackay Brown (1874-1966), teacher and sometime V.A.D. nurse who served in Egypt and France 1916-1919.

3 Marjory Kennedy Fraser (1857-1930), C.B.E., Scottish singer, composer, music teacher, recorder of Gaelic traditional songs and advocate for women’s suffrage and pacifism, and her sister Margaret Kennedy Fraser (1889-,

4 Margaret Kennedy (about 1866-), musician, was recorded by the Southern Reporter as singing on this occasion with her sister Marjory Kennedy Fraser, though often Marjory’s singing partner was her her own daughter Helen ‘Patuffa’ Fraser, sometimes Kennedy-Fraser, later Hood (1889-1967), harpist.

5 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk.

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/26, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1923]

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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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