Dull morning S.E: a very slight shower between 8 + 9 + then fair till 3.30 after which there was heavy rain + a very black thundery sky. The sun never came out. Motored to Mauldsheugh + helped Dav. [Dr David Graham, co-partner] to aspirate ascitic fluid in Mrs Steel, one of the resident patients, for which he gave me a Guinea. Then I went to Dunsdale + Sunderland Hall stables. Called at Wellwood + saw Julia. At 1.15 cycled to Old Lewenshope + walked up to the Hope2 + vaccinated James Tait’s baby3. Nancy, Helen, Stewart + Florence cycled up + Dora, Julia + [illegible]4 came up in the motor to have a pic-nic but the rain coming on we had to adjourn to the cottage where Eliza Stewart gave us her kitchen. It was very wet as I cycled home.
1 A guinea was a British coin, long obsolete by 1919 but worth £1 1 shilling – or £1.05 in decimal currency, though its purchasing power at that time was a great deal more than it would be today; it is hard to interpret Dr Muir’s deadpan comment at what may have been a rather patronising gesture by the younger medic
2 Lewenshope or Lewinshope Hope is very isolated south of the Minchmoor, approximate grid reference NGR NT369,317 and visible on Ordnance Survey six inch Peebles-shire Sheet XVIII.SE, published 1900
3 Betsy Morrison Bullock Tait was born 31 December 1918 at Lewenshope Hope, daughter of James Tait, shepherd, and Marion Black Tait MS Bullock, the parents were married 2 March 1917 at Craigneuk, Dalziel; by way of corroboration James Tait, shepherd, was recorded at Lewenshope Hope on the 1918/19 Valuation Roll
4 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s daughters; assume Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003), Nancy’s son; Florence Roberts, daughter of Charles Roberts, brother of Sir John Roberts; she was born in 1909 in Mauldsheugh and lived there until they moved to Thornfield in Selkirk; Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s youngest daughter; possibly Dr Julia Pringle [see diary entry for 23 March 1919] and unknown respectively
[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]