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15 September 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

It blew quite a hurricane last night which gradually abated during the day. There were several heavy blasts of rain with sunny intervals. Saw Dunn had an attack of vertigo with symptoms of brain fag? Archie Robertson sent hurriedly for me just after I went out and Baptie got me at Midge Park and in the afternoon soon after I had started fishing at Colins Bridge, Baptie came back for me to see him again. I put him to bed when I saw him at 5.30 he was pretty well. By the river I caught a woodcock with a broken wing and I saw a pair of Kingfishers. Had my Red Cross class at night. Jean was at Red Cross committee meeting.

14 September 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Showery windy morning which gradually developed by afternoon to a very decided Sou Wester with heavy rain. We have had nothing like it for many months. Saw town cases. Walking in forenoon. Called for Mrs Scott, Marion Crescent. In afternoon motored to Oakwood Mill and Faldonside Lodge.  Great news of German retreat westwards from near Paris.

13 September 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Still coldish and some slight showers. Cycled to Greenhead and Faldonside Lodge and back by Ashybank, Muthag Street and by Victoria Crescent. Finished at 1 and was not out again till evening service.It was our Anniversary and a Mr Anderson from Edinburgh preached. Jack and Nancy came to supper. Went along at 9.30 and gave John Johnstone Tuberculin. Birds busy at Rowan tree. Shot 3 starlings with airgun.

12 September 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Thursday September 10

Attended Mrs Isaac Perez who had a S at 2.15. Got back to bed at 3.15. Warm & hazy with some thundery looking clouds. No rain beyond. Few heavy drops. Cycled to Oakwoodmill, Muthag Street, Dunsdale & Ashybank. Thence I cycled via Boleside to Galafoot, Easter Langlee, Langshaw, Threepwood, Lauder, Carfrae Mill, Thirlestone, Eagle Inn, Houndslaw, Bassendean, Legerwood, N Morriston & Earlestone. Got back a little after 7 above Lauder stopped to smoke & found to my disgust the Thermos smashed & half my tea gone. It must have been the jolting on the rough road. New bits of road were the 5 mile from Carfrae Mill to the Lauder & Gordon Road & from Houndslow to the Gordon Road the whole days riding came to 54.3  miles. It was very hot from Langlee to Lauder.

Friday September 11

Definitely cooler, wind round to NWW: some rain in incoming but fair after. Wind strong  was called up at 12.30 for Margaret, Falside, Curror Street, but didn’t need to go down. Was not out of the town all forenoon but went out to Winterhall at 3:30 to arrange about the work of the Red X detachment tomorrow. I had tea with Dunlop. Got letter from Patrick. Dora ‘Phoned at night that she was coming out tomorrow with a friend.

Saturday September 12

Showery day and still cooler than yesterday. Had intended going out to [Whitsunhall] with the Red X but it looked so threatening that I postponed it. Motored to Harewoodglen & Oakwoodmill & in the afternoon to Faldonside to see Chas [Woodger?] in response to a ‘Phone from Boleside Police Station. Dora & her friend, a Miss McDonald, who trained with her at [Chalmers*] came at 12 but had to leave again at 5.50 as she was ordered to Craig Leith Hospital.

* Chalmers Hospital, Edinburgh, had a long-standing role in nurse training

** Craigleith Hospital operated as 2nd Scottish General Hospital during First World War

11 September 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Definitely cooler, wind round to NWW, some rain in incoming but fair after. Wind strong. Was called up at 12.30 for Margaret, Falside, Curror Street, but didn’t need to go down. Was not out of the town all forenoon but went out to Winterhall at 3:30 to arrange about the work of the Red X detachment tomorrow. I had tea with Dunlop. Got letter from Patrick. Dora ‘Phoned at night that she was coming out tomorrow with a friend.

10 September 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Attended Mrs Isaac Perez who had a S at 2.15. Got back to bed at 3.15. Warm & hazy with some thundery looking clouds. No rain beyond. Few heavy drops. Cycled to Oakwoodmill, Muthag Street, Dunsdale & Ashybank. Thence I cycled via Boleside to Galafoot, Easter Langlee, Langshaw, Threepwood, Lauder, Carfrae Mill, Thirlestone, Eagle Inn, Houndslaw, Bassendean, Legerwood, N Morriston & Earlestone. Got back a little after 7 above Lauder stopped to smoke & found to my disgust the Thermos smashed & half my tea gone. It must have been the jolting on the rough road. New bits of road were the 5 mile from Carfrae Mill to the Lauder & Gordon Road & from Houndslow to the Gordon Road the whole days riding came to 54.3  miles. It was very hot from Langlee to Lauder.

9 September 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Another misty morning but today it hardly even cleared up. There was just a little sun about 2.30 at between 5 & 6 there was a heavy shower. Very calm E. Motored to Harewoodglen, Philiphaugh, [Linden] Muthag Street, Ashybank & Broomhill when I lunched at 1 to meet Wm Ly- & his wife from Glenholm. Walked home. Met Red X detachment in evening & had some bandaging & knots. The first of the weekly prayer meetings in connection with the war was held message to Oakwoodmills to see Peter. There was some thunder last night.

8 September 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Dense fog this morning: followed by fine day. E had bad attack of - breach & choking when taking saline this morning. Must have taken too much last night. Message to Greenhead “immediately” as Johnstone had been kicked by a horse. Cycled out to find that the accident had happened a week ago!  Came round by Ashybank, Buccleuch, N Sunderland & Forest Road & Toun. Finished by 1.30 & spent a few hours reading up Red X work. At 5.50 got phone to see Mrs [Ruickin?], Yarrowford. Cycled up in 28 m & back in 26.5. War news very absorbing decisive battle going on east of Paris.

7 September 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Knocked up at 2:50 am to see Mrs Thomson, Sunderland. Cycled there moonlight but foggy. Lovely day S.E breakfasted at 9 called on Steadman about getting Vair Turnbull on Relief Committee. Then cycled down to Muthag Street, Curror Street and Sunderland. Back to meeting of Relief Committee in County Buildings at 12. Some town cases after. In House from 2:30. Got some worms and put them in moss. Good many people in at night. Heard from Gulland? about Stewart. He is fairly satisfied. Harvest in full swing and good deal taking in. Cutting nearly over on late places.

6 September 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Still fine weather not much wind. Touch of frost last night 2 degrees at Manorhill. Cycled to Harewood Glen & Planting. Went to evening service and to meeting of office bearers and ministers in Fourth Hall to arrange for weekly prayer meeting during the war. Supped at Wellwood. Wrote Dora.