Diary sub-note: Conversion of S. Paul 1759. Robert Burns, poet, born S.R. 7.50, S.S. 4.35
Miss Drake went to London. Had my hair washed. Went for a walk to Kings Mere lake. Played cards with Anne, Marjory, Jill & Lib. Had wire-less on after supper.
Diary footnote, accompanying a photograph of a Smooth Fox-Terrier: The Smooth Fox-Terrier. Of the nineteen varieties listed by The Kennel Club, this is the oldest established, though of late years superseded in popularity by the Wire haired. Going back to the Old English white Terrier, with a probable cross of the Bull Terrier, he combines fighting qualities with an aptitude for going to ground. For this purpose he should be on the small side. These cocky and sporting little dogs make most admirable companions. Their sturdy build had a suggestion of a miniature foxhound, and as hunt terriers they both look and act the part.
Diary sub-note: 1875. Charles Kingsley, novelist, died
Freezing cold day. Had first sowing [sic]. Lavender brought me pictures of “David”. She gave me figs for morning lunch. Had a music lesson. Had “musitions [sic] Guild” after supper. Made a new treble pipe.
We think ‘sowing’ means ‘sewing’. “David” refers to the new King Edward, whose full name was Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David. His family referred to him affectionately as David. We’re not sure exactly what the “musicians guild” refers to – presumably a meeting.
King Edward VIII proclaimed King. Had 1st music lesson. Listened in to the proclamation on the wireless. Went riding. It poured with rain & then snowed & so I had a short ride. Wrote to Anne’s Nanny. Poor David.
Very interesting to note that King Edward VIII ascended to the throne on the same date as Edward VII, 35 years before.
‘Poor David’ refers to the fact that Edward VIII was very reluctant to take the throne. He was known as David (one of his middle names) within the royal family.
Diary sub-note: 1568. Miles Coverdale, translator of the Bible, died
Heard that George V had died. Had drawing & drew Honesty. Was not allowed to take handicraft & so practiced for 1 hour. Wrote a card to Miss Claire Moore. Had a letter from Joy. Played games with Miss Johnstone & 3rd form after supper.
King George V died 11.55.p.m. [added in later.] Lessons started. Read a letter from Anne. Went with Anita in break. Had first ban meetings. Hermione came to blue band. Had “Lax”. Played games in Miss Gurney’s room after supper.
Peggy’s cousin has suggested that “Lax” could refer to lacrosse, which is a team sport adopted by many girls’ public schools in the 1890s. It was also known as “laccy’ by our cousin.
Diary sub-note: 2nd [Sunday] after epiphany 1917. Great explosion in E London
Didn’t go to church. Mrs Lester could not come on account of bad back. Made a snowman. Went for a walk along the main road with Miss Frank. Threw snowballs. Liz, Jill, Anne, Marjory & I walked together. Had chest expantion [sic] – 22 1/2 – 27 1/2
Diary sub-note: 1871. King of Prussia proclaimed German Emperor. S.R. 7.58, S.S. 4.23
Snowed all morning. Unpacked books. Trunk came. Unpacked. Did prep. Some of us made a snowman. Had 1st school prayers. Miss Drake talked about honesty. Wrote to Anne Morrison. Listened to the wireless. Danced after supper.
Diary footnote, accompanying a photograph of a Dalmatian: The Dalmation: Related to the Pointer, he is popularly known as the Carriage Dog, though his job of running behind coaches and carriage-and-pairs has long since departed. His handsome appearance and charming disposition still ensure his popularity, and he has retained his love of horses. His build is peculiarly suited to running long distances, and good feet and legs are essential show points. The spots are usually black, though they may be liver or lemon. Puppies are born white.
Diary sub-note: 1809. Battle of Corunna. Death of Sir John Moore Moon: Last quarter, 7.41 p.m.
Snowed. Had my hair done at Mr Allen’s. Took Yandi for a walk. Met Gilly. Went to children’s party. Had to entertain the children in the village. Had conjouring at the party. Listened to comic opera on the wireless.