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

High barometer S. Calm: frost slight. Shower of snow at 2. My 74th birthday. Letters from May [Mary ?], Guy + Jean1: white knitted muffler from Patons2; cake from Mousey3: book (Olivia), shortbread + chocs from Mrs Mackintosh4: a dozen eggs from Bella Miller who is at Hawthornside5. Acknowledged all them [sic]. Walked to Hospital + Linglie Mill. Attended a small debt court as Sheriff Sub. + then walked again to Hospital + Linglie Mill. John McIntyre called + took objection to his daughter Mona being in the same ward as the lad from Clerklands. He was very high + mighty + unreasonable.

1 Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927); United Free Church of Scotland minister and Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s brother and eldest daughter

2 The Paton sisters, Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940); women of independent means but by the end of the First World War struggling financially – the community raised funds to support their flitting in May 1918

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

4 Possibly Agnes MacIntosh, widow, 1919 Valuation Roll

5 Possibly Hawthornside Farm, Hawick, just west of Bonchester Bridge

[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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