4 November 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Calm dull damp day N.E. Rained all afternoon + evening. David [Graham, co-partner] motored to Edinburgh. I saw 11 town cases + finished by 1. Helen + Nancy1 went over to the Patons from whom Nancy was buying two chairs2. Finished pasting October. Baptie3 got the new gooseberries + rasps planted + was digging up the old ones.

1 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s daughter and wife of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior

2 Paton, Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ (1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), sisters living on their own means [1901 Census] but, to judge by the community appeal for funds to assist in their flit to Galashiels in May 1918, they suffered to fate of many before the Welfare State who tried to survive on a fixed or limited income

3 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

[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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