Doctor’s diary gives fascinating insight into town’s war years

An extract from the diary of Selkirk doctor John Muir

An extract from the diary of Selkirk doctor John Muir

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A Selkirk doctor’s diary has started a voyage of discovery for staff at the Hawick Heritage Hub, who are posting entries online daily.

The donation of Dr John Stewart Muir’s diaries from his descendants came just in time for the hub to upload his entries from the outbreak of the First World War.

The entries are being posted on the Heritage Hub’s Tumblr website at 10am each day.

Paul Brough, archive manager, said: “We are as much on a voyage of discovery as everyone else, as we are only working on the diary a fortnight ahead.”

He added: “The diaries run from 1891 to 1938, when Dr Muir died, and we are going to carry on posting the entries for as long as we can, but definitely plan to run those from the First World War period.

Dr Muir’s entry from August 4, 1914, states: “Only a slight shower. Pleasant day with some sunshine. Baptie went on his holiday. River in tip top order and I wish I could have fished. Cycled to Ashiestiel and saw some 10 town cases.

“The imminence of war is the all-absorbing topic and the telegrams in the Southern Reporter window are scanned by eager crowds. The Territorials have been called out.”

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