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11 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Very charming day: no rain: sunny pleasant.  Dora went off this morning to a surgical case in Edin[burgh] no special war news. Baptie back from his holiday.  Motored in Swift to Haining Bowhill & Carterhaugh Tom Welsh [Beechbank] came in with his ear half torn off. He had fallen when whitewashing a wall at Currie’s factory. Had meeting of Red Cross class when all those who has had passed turned up but Edith Scott Noble & Alice Smith. The Masonic Hall is to be our head quarters.

10 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Showery day particularly heavy fall between 2&3. Saw town cases, walking, & in afternoon Pringle Pattison called for me to go out to Hownam to see Norman who had fallen off a horse & got his face bruised & cut. Brought him back to Haining in their motor nothing serious. Mrs Thomson (Cramond & T ) came over to tea & had a meeting with Minnie Brown & myself about Red X work. Went to meeting in Town Hall, Lady Dalkeith in Chair. Subscription amounting to £101 odd announced including £50 from Lady W £10 from Tom Anderson £5.5 from Pat Smith and Allan £18 from Wednesdays collec[tion]. committee appointed.

9 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Fine clear sunny day & not too hot. It was a kind of relief not to have war news though there was a report of a great French victory in Lorraine. I saw a few town cases and cycled to Ashiestiel. Went to a special service at 3 in the Parish Church at which Mr Lawson, Mr McCall & 3 locums officiated. The church was well filled. Went to the evening service & again enjoyed Mr Jack. Supped at Wellwood. Was introduced to Erskine Harper’s wife a very girlish person. Tom Anderson has sent £10 for the Red Cross Fund. Tweed & Ettrick full & coloured.

8 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Was called up at 1 a.m. to see Archie Johnstone* who looked like sinking came back for catheter & relieved him. He died at 6. Got back to bed at 3 and lay to breakfast. It was a pouring wet day but I had very little to do. Enlisted nurse [Nish], Mrs Weir & Mrs Milne (the latter by ‘phone to Orchard Mains) in the Red Cross Attachment. No official war news. Details of the fighting at Liege. Germans asked for an armistice. Helen** wrote the other day that owing to Mr Allan’s illness her holidays which were fixed for September were indefinitely postponed.

 * Archibald Johnston, bookseller, of 24 Market Place, Selkirk, died, aged 72, at 5.45 on 8 August, certified by John S Muir

** Assume Muir’s daughter Helen

7 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Very nice day with no rain except a few drops. Clear at night. Went up to the Volunteer Hall & saw the attachment of Territorials march off to Gala. Had on my Reservist badge & joined the other Reservists. The man were drawn up in the Backrow & addressed by Provost Allan & Lawson prayed. The band played ‘God Save the King’. I then ran down followed by Louise through Viewfield Park to [Wellwood] Lake & saw them pass. Alec Roberts was in command and the other officers were in line abreast & Jack Harrison cycled round town to the ShawPark. Jack Boylan has been summoned back to India. Went to [Mr[s] Les] Anderson’s funeral at 1 and then cycled to Ettrickbridge and Shaws there was a report said to be official of a naval battle resulting in the sinking of 5 British and 19 German vessels but it was a pure fabrication.

6 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Showery day an especially torrential fall about 5 p.m. I cycled to Broadmeadows* and got pretty wet going but dried coming back. Dora has got a summons to report herself to her Territorial Unit & has volunteered for foreign service. Again today there were no messages. I got my new brass plate put on the gate with notice of the new consultation hours & the exceptions on Thursdays and Sundays. Denny Smith left Friday. There are various reports of battles by sea and land but none trustworthy. The conduct of Germany is meeting with world wide condemnation. The Germans have suffered a serious reverse at Liege** being repulsed by the Belgians with a loss of 25,000 men cruiser Amphion sunk by a mine.

* GR NT413301

** The German attack on Liège 5 August 1914 was initially halted by fierce Belgian Resistance. The attack was led by General Otto Albert Theodor von Emmich (1814-1915) Prussian General [biographical data:]

5 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Beautiful morning fine clear day till evening when it rained. There wasn’t a single message today. I saw some cases in town, Bridge St etc, cycling & then took the 4 girls in motor run in a hire from James Scott (all Bryson’s cars being out) I had to go to N Linton and Clarilaw and then went on to Jedburgh, Oxnam, Hownam where I looked up Munro who is staying at a farmhouse, Howgate, I found him with Mrs M and the boys below the bridge, after leaving them we stopped and had tea near Gateshaws [sic] & then went on to Kelso via Linton and Frogden and home by St Boswells before 6. We left at 12.30 and covered about 68 miles. We met the people coming home from St James Fair & had a slight shower near Kelso. It rained heavily after we got home. After dinner we went down to Wellwood to cheer up Jack and discuss the war news. War has been declared between this country and Germany on account of the invasion of Belgium by the latter.

4 August 1914 diary of Dr J S Muir of Selkirk

Only a slight shower. Pleasant day with some sunshine. Baptie went on his holiday. River in tip top order & I wish I could have fished. Cycled to Ashiestiel & saw some 10 town cases. The imminence of war is the all-absorbing topic & the telegrams in the Southern Reporter window are scanned by eager crowds. The Territorials have been called out.