26 April 1923 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Went to Edinburgh at 10.13, after calling for Mrs Addie, Buccleuch Road.1 Walked out + saw Jean2 + took her Dora’s photo.3 She was looking well. Came back by tram. Went to H. & A. K. Johnstone4 + ordered some ordnance maps of the Portsmouth district.5 Went to the new Picture House + saw a very good film ‘The Flame of ?” laid in the time of the 1st [illegible].6 Branch Council meeting at 4.7 Nine present. Got out with the 6. A shower in Edinburgh but not cold. More rain here. Rivers swollen with yesterday’s snow.

1 Presumably Jessie Love Addie (1895-1979), woollen farmer, born Tillycoultry, Clackmannanshire, in 1921 she was living with her family at Buccleuch Road, Selkirk and working as a Picker for Edward Gardiner & Sons. In 1923 she was recorded as Tenant Occupier of a house in Buccleuch Road, Selkirk [1923 VR007900012-/471, Selkirk Burgh, page 471 of 644]. In 1932 she married Peter Macintyre, formerly McGregor, and she died 24 December 1979 at the Cottage Hospital, Selkirk. Incidentally her elder sister May Addie was born at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

2 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s widowed eldest daughter, living and working in Newington, Edinburgh.

3 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter, living and working in Egypt, had sent photographs home.

4 W. & A.K. Johnston was one of the major map publishing houses of the 19th century. William Johnston (1802-1888) and brother Alexander Keith Johnston (1804-1871) originally trained as engravers and founded the firm in 1826. Their offices were at St Andrew Square in Edinburgh New Town, with their printing based at the Edina Works, off Easter Road, but evidently they retailed other publishers’ mapping too.

5 There was evidently some sort of trip being planned.

6 The Editor cannot identify the film or the historical period referred to here. Ideas welcomed.

7 Meeting off the Branch Council of the British Medical Association.

[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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