2 January 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Had a pretty good night but kept my bed most of the day. T. [temperature] fell to 99.4 + at night was normal. Baptie1 motored up for Annie Little2 + then had to take Dav. [Graham], first to Sunderland Hall + Fairnilea Lodge + then to Dryhopehope. He was to have gone down for Jessie Boyd3 but was so late there [Faldonside] I sent a car from Bryson. We had our New Year party + I felt pretty well. All the Wellwood but Tim: Mrs Mackintosh + Erskine4 : Dav. (who was kept late by a crowd of Surgery cases) + Norah5: Boylan6 + Jessie Boyd. We expected Charlie Roberts but he thought it was next Friday. We spent a very happy + decidedly noisy evening.

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

2 Ann Helen ‘Annie’ Little (1894-1968), Red Cross VAD holder of Red or White Stripe, of Hawkshaw, Kirkhope, Selkirkshire, Dr Muir’s servant for 6½ years until early 1918 when she left go to Moffat Hydro Military Hospital on V.A.D. work [Southern Reporter, 6 April 1922]

3 Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

4 James Erskine Harper (1887-1953), barrister and Mrs Mackintosh’s son

5 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963, medical practitioner and Norah Graham née West (1887-1971)

6 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawmount, Selkirk; seen by Dr Muir as an egotist and windbag

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

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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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