2 February 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A slight additional sprinkling of snow lay on the roofs this morning but it disappeared leaving the earlier snow lying but gradually melting. Very calm, E [wind]. Mousey1 slept in + as Bella is still in bed2 we were late with breakfast. At Mauldsheugh & gave Martha Inglis [?] chlor[oform] while D. [Dr David Graham] removed 2 toes. From there I walked to the Hospital + Mavisbank. Went to afternoon service. Called to see Mrs Mackenzie’s (Jeannie [?]) baby. Boylan came on one of his boring calls + spoke for 2 hours on end about himself3.

1 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s daughter and housekeeper

2 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (b.1873), the Muir family housekeeper

3 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924) civil engineer, ‘friend’ of Dr Muir, resided Shawpark, Selkirk; Dr Muir had previously called him an Egotist

[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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