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

Feeling rather better. Attended Mrs Robert Ruthven, Castle Street who had a son1 at 9.30 a.m. saw some 15 town cases walking. Made Bella2 put on a big fire in the dining room. Jack, Nancy + Helen3 arrived home about 4 from St Abbs. Nancy very well indeed. Helen + I went to evening service. The choir gave some ? + we went to the Gallery. Frosty this morning + the roads fairly good.

1 Bailie Turnbull Ruthven, son of Robert Ruthven, plumber, and Jessie Kerr Ruthven née Turner, born 30 November 1919 at 5 Castle Street, Selkirk

2 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

3 John Roberts junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966), mill owner and Provost of Selkirk, later knighted “for political and public services in Selkirk”; Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s daughter and wife of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior and Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter

[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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