9 March 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Left Ladyton at 8.15 + got the 8.37. Left Rennie1 wonderfully well. Got the 10.5 at Queen Street + reached Edin. at 11.22. Booked my luggage + walked along to 6 Rutland Square for meeting of S.R.P. Sub Comttee.2 Lunched at the Caley Grill3 + then went to meeting of Insurance-Sub-Comttee which finished at 3.50. Looked in at the Picture House + the new P.H. at the latter saw a very good film “Count of Monte Christo” (Dumas’ novel).4 Came out by the 6. + found all well. Baptie5 met me at Gala – It had rained here every day and I had not encountered any at all.

1 The Reverend James Rennie (1826-1924) of Ladyton, Prestwick, clergyman, described on his death registration as Minister of the Gospel Retired, Dr Muir’s brother in law and widower of Catherine Stewart Rennie née Muir.

2 The Editor cannot find a reference to an Edinburgh meeting at this particular time in the British Medical Journal and in addition the B.M.J.’s listing of future meetings from 24 February 1923 does not appear to include one either, which may explain Dr Muir’s confusion [see “Diary Of Societies And Lectures.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 3243, 1923, pp. 64–64. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20422691. Accessed 6 Mar. 2023.]

3 Assume the Caledonian Station Hotel, Edinburgh.

4 Dr Muir has previously claimed (diary for 6th March 1923) to have seen the 1922 film adaptation of Alexander Dumas’ 1844 novel which was directed by Emmett J Flynn for Fox Film Corporation and starred inter alios John Gilbert, Estelle Taylor, Albert Prisco, Ralph Cloninger and Renée Adorée. It is readily available online.

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

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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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