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

There was some rain this morning but it passed off + the day was fine but for a cold N.W. gale. I had a most ? night with indigestion + felt quite seedy all day. I lay about + read + wrote May1 + Guy2 + sent the petrol rebate return back to Hawick in the calculation of which I had made a mistake. Got letter from Jean [Muir] (who is home for a couple of days) + a P.C. [post card] from Helen [Muir] who goes to St Abbs today. I took a very small breakfast (although they gave me lovely sea trout) + a little tea at 4. + was able to take some dinner. Took a walk down the R. Luce + read the Scotsman. William Yellowlees (brother of the Sawmiller), who is a male nurse attending a patient at [? Dumfries], happened to call at the Hotel + hearing I was here came up + saw me + had a long crack3.

1 Identity uncertain but perhaps Margaret Graham ‘May’ Lang (1861-1968) or Marion Vassie ‘May’ Lindsay (1886-) of Whitehope, Yarrow, both of whom corresponded with Dr Muir from time to time according to his diaries

2 Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), Dr Muir’s brother

3 Dr Muir is almost certainly referring to William Yellowlees, born 27 July 1863 at Philihaugh Sawmill, Selkirk, a son of Robert Yellowlees, wood merchant, and Isabella Yellowlees née Fairbairn. His parents were married 1850 at Earlston. He is described in the 1911 Census as a “mental nurse”, aged 47 and living in Paisley. The identity of the brother referred to is uncertain but may be Alexander, born about 1851, who appears to have carried on their father’s timber business

[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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