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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.

Sunday 7th September at Bygone Borderlands 2014

10.30 Chris Bowles: ‘’What We Remember and What We Forget: Memories Preserved in Scottish Borders Archaeology”

11.30 Music: Riddle Fiddles

12.30 Walter Elliot: Q & A session       

2.00 Paul Brough: “The Unselfconsciousness of Archives”

3.00 Alistair Bowden: “Flodden: a story  reaching back 500 million years”

3.45 Selkirk Pipe Band

5 September 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Much clearer today: It would have been ideal for Cheviot. Cycled round town & to Faldonside & Sund[erland] Hall. Took Mr Boyd the * I found on top of Cheviot which he said was the common S R*. Did some arrears of books in afternoon. Saw Janet Shute a second time at night, Cruiser, Pathfinder blown up this afternoon off St Abbs Head by floating mine*.

* Scout cruiser Pathfinder was sunk by torpedo fired from submarine U21 under Lt-Commander Otto Hersing, making it the first ship ever to be sunk by submarine with a powered torpedo.

Saturday 6th September at Bygone Borderlands 2014

10.30 Dr David Welsh: ‘Truth & Fiction: The role of the archive in reclaiming Border history from the Boredrs Past

11.30 Lord James Joicey: “What is the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum?”

12.30 Frank Brown: “Selkirk Remembers”                                              

2.00 Music: Border Ballads: Songs and Tunes

3.00 Chris Burgess: “James Wis Robbed – Examining the failure of James’ tactics and strategy at Flodden”

3.45 Selkirk Pipe Band 

Escapes from Stobs Camp 1916

13 January 1916 Southern Reporter

Carl Michalski, a German sailor aged 20, escaped from Prisoner of War Internment Camp at Stobs on 5th January. Dark complexion, eyes and hair and with a small black moustache. Wearing a military pattern greatcoat, a brown corduroy jacket and dark trousers. Same report notes that Press Association had reported his re-capture.

2 Nov 1916 Southern Reporter

Three Prisoners of war escaped from Stobs Internment Camp on Friday night. All three were originally from sunk German cruiser Gneisenau at the Battle of the Falkland Islands. Two were recaptured at Rutherglen and the other at Spittal by Berwick. His name was Julius Schmidt, who knew the district well having come to Tweed Dock on ships in the wood-carrying trade.He had six shillings and ‘abundant food’ in a ‘strong wooden box’.