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23 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Dull and drizzling in the morning but fair after. The roads were damp here but down about Clarilaw and Kippilaw nearly quite dry. There was a stiff S W breeze. I motored to Riddell & Clarilaw. Mark Sprot goes off to ? York tomorrow. In the afternoon wrote Dora & sent off cards in connection with the Colportage*. Went to evening service. Met Norman Criens? At Wellwood in the afternoon and he asked me to shoot on Tuesday. Nancy & Jack motored to Howford with Grieve? & walked back. They cycled to Melrose yesterday. At 10.30 p.m. called to Mrs Dobbie, Philiphaugh Garden. 

*.i.e. book distribution, normally religious texts, in this case presumably to troops

22 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Haze completely gone & wind round to SW beautiful bright sunny day. Cycled in forenoon to Byethorn etc & then to Linglie and Ashiestiel. Had a smoke beside the Tweed at the Bogle House. Had a little tennis with Barbara and tea in the garden. Jean and Sarah T. went up to Selkirk Hills to knit and have tea. Sent cheque for £10 Dr Sarolea* for the Belgian Relief Fund.

* Dr Charles Sarolea (1870-1953) lecturer, later Professor of French at EdinburghUniversity and editor of Everyman, whose Belgian Relief Fund is referred to here

21 August 2014 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Another fine day & clearer than yesterday. Motored to Harehead and Harewoodglen [sic]. Discovered that Mrs Turnbull knows the Taylors of Chipchase and at lunch Mrs T who was a Griffith. Attended Mrs Lang’s funeral at 12.30. Her hearse was covered with wreaths. Jean & Nancy sent a very pretty cross. In the afternoon I motored to Fauldshope to see one of the Barrie twins. In the evening I gave the Red X Attachment a short lecture on wounds with special reference to gunshot and shell wounds.

20 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

20 August 1914

A misty morning and very hazy all day but otherwise very pleasant & only a very light E wind. Paid only 2 visits and cycled to Galashiels whence I took the 9.32 to Eddlestone from there I cycled over a rather rough road of about 4 miles to Noblehouse and from there to RomannoBridge, Mountain Cross and BlythBridge turning right up the Tarth to Dolphinton. Very pretty country. From Dolphinton I went to Walston and Elsrickle circling the Black Mount ( ) & came home by Melbourne, Lyne and Peebles reaching home. It was a very enjoyable run but I had rather to hurry home as I had got a note in the morning from Mark Sprot asking me to go to Riddell as he was coming home about 4 from Haddington. I did the 32 miles from beyond Netherurd including turning up to Peebles Station and stopping for a drink and ‘Phone at Innerleithen in 3 hours 20 minutes. Motored over to Riddell. 

19 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Delightful day medium temp E. Felt my indigestion very badly all day. Has a dose of case-Evac last night & asenta [?] before tea but with little result: & took a mild blue before dinner. Was not out of town. In afternoon worked up gunshot wounds  etc for Red X class. Jean and Sarah motored to Whitehope & returned by Swire & Rink Hope. Prep of War Maps in Smoke Room for handy reference.

18 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Was called up at 2.15 a.m. to see Jessie Mathison*, Heatherlie Cottage, & found that she had died (fatal syncope). After breakfast was not surprised to get a ‘Phone to say Mrs Lang had died at 2 a.m. [i.e. Margaret Lang of Broadmeadows, aged 93]. So passes away one of my oldest and best friends. I had a small town list & Linglie to do. It was a fair day without much sun. Gave Jean money to pay the books which left me with £294 in bank besides my – receipt for some £65. Examined a splendid recruit, one of the Philiphaugh keepers, whom Carnegie had sent down = 5’ 3” & 184 lbs & 35-37 round chest.

* Jessie Mathison, aged 72

17 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Dense fog this morning but a fine day neither too hot nor too cold. Cycled early to Broad Meadows calling at Philip[haugh?] for Arthur Nisbet. Found Mrs Lang worse, the breathing very rapid & pulse hard & quick. Some rusty sputum. Congestion if anything rather less. Pushed the brandy and digitaline. Saw her again at night & thought she would hardly pull through. On the way back in the forenoon I called for the Turnbulls at Harewoodlea Father [Gray?] also called & I stayed lunch [sic]. Afterwards being asked to see Mrs T professionally & was there nearly 3 hours! Came back by Carterhaugh & Ashybank.

16 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Still fine: cool E wind. Cycled to Ashybank, Buccleuch [up] Harehead (to see Mrs Nisbet’s boy who is living there) and Broadmeadows. Miss Lang had Phoned for me to come up to see here mother whom I found very breathless and with bronchial pneumonia . A[t] night she had a temperature of 100 (by ‘Phone). I intended going to evening service but for a message to see Norman Pringle Pattison who wants to go to Ed[inburgh] tomorrow. Took out the stitch. There was no outward mail today as Government had requisitioned the railways. Jack & Nancy came to supper and I had hoped Mack[indoe?] would be with them to meet whom I had asked Carnegie & Flo but Mack[indoe?] did not turn up.

15 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Fine day not quite so hot as yesterday. Was only in town and at Shaw Park & in afternoon had to go over to Linglie to see a boy Inglis with a cut on his head. Got a brace of grouse  from -, Yair. Examined recruits at night in the Volunteer Hall. There were 12. [Dr John?] Wilson was there also. Most of them had bad teeth but were otherwise suitable.

14 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Another lovely day & very warm SE. Cycled to Haining Castle - &c & then to Curror St, Ashybank, Ashiestiel (where I had lunch) and back by Bridge Street & Muthag Street stopped below the Boyle house and smoked a cigarette by the Tweed where I watched the movements go past, a waterhen and a large trout. Dora has got her summons to go to Hospital No.2 wherever that is. Got a br[ace] grouse from Miss - and 1 ½ br from Dora Thomson who it seems is keeping house for a keeper at the Glen.