General Election all over the Country. Voted for Munro (Secy for Scotland) at Knowepark School which was the only polling station*. Cycled round the town & out to Smedheugh & Whitmuirhall Toll. It was a fresh blowy drying day. D [Dr David Graham] was at Ettrick Shaws twice. The Ford broke down & he had to take the Swift the 2nd time. Got a brace of wild pigeons from John Black. Dora arrived Copenhagen**.
A lighter morning but dull all day: calm & mild & some rain after 4. Saw Philips early & thought him a shade better. D [Dr David Graham, co-partner] went early to Ett[rick]shaws & Whitehillshiels. I cycled about the town & made 31 visits including evening visits to Mrs Jeffrey & Dorothy Crichton (niece of Bob Marshall). Letter from Dora written before her wire about going to the Baltic in a Hospital Ship to bring home prisoners. Dora joined ship – HMSS Western Australia at Leith*.
* Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978); nurse and Dr Muir’s daughter, served in Salonika (Greece), Egypt (though only noted as “on way to”), Malta, and the Baltic; she died 60 years later, back home in Selkirk
There were estimated to be about 191,000 prisoners – see Jones, Marjorie Ann. “The Danish Scheme: The Repatriation of British Prisoners of War through Denmark at the end of the First World War,”, M.A. Dissertation, University of Birmingham Centre for First World War Studies, September 2009. http://www.thedanishscheme.co.uk/Articles/Dissertation.pdf
Rumbling Clint’s blog will be publishing daily, 100 years on, the diary of Dr John Stewart Muir of Selkirk. Born 1845 in Leith he worked at Selkirk from 1867, as assistant to Dr Henry Anderson, until 1874, when he took over Anderson’s practice. He then worked until just before his death in 1938, though he was in a co-partnery from 1918.
In August 2014 a member of Dr Muir’s family offered his diaries 1891, 1902-1938, to the Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service for safekeeping. For the duration of the First World War centenary the Scottish Borders Archives blogged Dr Muir’s diary via Tumblr, but the editor is now taking over the work as a personal project and on a more interactive platform.
The editor welcomes feedback.