13 January 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Sharp frost: dense fog in morning which cleared away before the brilliant sunshine. I was called out at 12:30 last night to Murdoch. Got on my bike this morning + ran down to see Jas. [Hardie ?], Curror Street + Jeannie Wright, Clifton Road. Saw some others walking. D. [Dr David Graham] did nothing in town but motored to Synton Mill for Willie Grieve1. Jessie Boyd came to tea2. Helen [Muir] was at the Pict. Ho. [picture house] with Nancy, B & J3. Had letters from Willie Rodger + Jm [?] McDonald, Dumfries4. Made out accounts in afternoon.

1 Syntonmill or Synton Mill, Ashkirk, approximate grid reference NGR NT498,232, Canmore ID 341742, shown on Ordnance Survey Six Inch Selkirkshire Sheet XVI.NW & NE (includes: Ashkirk; Lilliesleaf; Minto), revised 1897, published 1900

2 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961); of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

3 Dr Muir’s daughters Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir and two of Agnes’s children, John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts and Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts

4 The editor thinks this may conceivably be James C R Macdonald, writer to the signet, at 1 Newall Terrace, Dumfries – see 18 September 1918 diary entry

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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