5 September 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A warm day with strong S.W. wind. No rain. Made half a dozen town calls. Got letter from May. Wrote Helen [Muir] : Twice [?] Patrick [Muir]1 : Kate McDonald &c2. Marked out paid accounts. Mrs McIntosh called with 2 “peat briquettes” + 4 pears. When Bella3 was out in the afternoon + I was in the Smoke Room I heard the front door shut + looking out saw a motor at the gate + a lady leaving. I went down and found it was a Mrs Baird, a sister of Mrs M Lumgair4, who had called to leave a book of Frank Muir’s which he had lent her in Bombay5.

1 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963) and Patrick Rodger Stewart Muir (1879-1961), respectively Dr Muir’s third daughter and housekeeper and his only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

2 Katherine or Kate Macdonald [or McDonald], wife of James C R Macdonald of Dumfries; the couple were friends of Dr Muir

3 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-), the Muir family housekeeper

4 Probably Mary Brown ‘Maisie’ Laidlaw (1886-1968), sister of Gladys M Lumgair née Laidlaw, widow of Robert Morrison ‘Morris’ Lumgair (1890-1917). Mary had married Alexander Edwin Baird (1881-1960), merchant, in 1915 at Hawick. Both women were daughters of Robert Grierson Laidlaw, tweed manufacturer, and Margaret Shiel ‘Maggie’ Laidlaw née Thomson, married 1882 at Wilton

5 Frank Logan Muir (1863-), one of Dr Muir’s nephews

[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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