6 July 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A day very like yesterday but with no sunshine to speak of. Breakfasted 9.3. Wrote Nancy1 + Frank Muir2. The latter is in London + Helen3, in a letter which I did not see till this morning, enclosed one from him. Sent P.C.s [postcards] to Jean + Dora4. Went to morning service in the U.F. [United Free] Church + took a walk to the old castle, House of Park. Had high tea at 4 + wrote Helen. Went to evening service at Parish church when a clergyman from Ayrshire preached. The choir sang “How beautiful upon the mountains”6. Was quite alone in the Hotel for a time in the evening.

1 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

2 Assume Frank Logan Muir (1863-1923), J.P., railway employee and Dr Muir’s nephew; he was the son of James Logan Muir (1834-1914), East India Merchant and Euphemia Wight, brother of Isabel Scott Kippen née Muir (1867-1951) and Amy Wilson Muir (1872-1917) and brother in law of John Stewart Newbigging ‘Jack’ Kippen. He married Flora Isabella Rowbotham, 14 July 1890, Bombay

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

4 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Muir (1877-1941) and Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), Dr Muir’s eldest and youngest daughters respectively

5 Castle of Park, just west of Glenluce and over the Water of Luce, a 16th-century L-plan tower house now maintained and run as a holiday let by the Landmark Trust

6 “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!”, Isaiah 52:7.

[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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