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

Welcome change to S.W. + thaw. It became quite mild, so much so that the windows became drier on the outside + the temp. of the room rose after the windows were opened. The streets were awful with slush. It seems to have been an unprecedented storm for November everywhere. I had a list of 29 of whom I saw 23 motoring + walking. David [Graham] did Bowhill as he had got a message to the new school mistress at Newark – Miss Allan1. Had a severe attack of dyspepsia at night. Got letter from W Rodger announcing the death of his sister Daisy2.

1 Miss Jessie Allan, teacher, was recorded as tenant, Bowhill Schoolhouse, Selkirk Parish in the 1920 Valuation Roll

2 The Editor suspects that this refers to William ‘Willie’ Rodger (1880-1959) and his sister Margaret Brydone ‘Daisy’ Brydone née Rodger (1874-1919); the only (!) problem with this hypothesis is that Daisy died on 18 November 1919 but it would not be the first time Dr Muir has confused dates in his diary or left blank spaces that suggest he was, at least on occasion, completing the diary retrospectively

[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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