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

Snowing most of the day + thawing making the streets very slushy. I motored to Cannon Street, Yair (Mrs K), Bowhill + Newarkburn + saw one or two town cases after. Did not get tea till 5.30. Feet very tired all evening. Helen [Muir] + I were asked to dine at Elmpark to meet Mr + Mrs Stow [sic] (the latter a daughter of Mrs Simpson1) but I declined. H. went.

1 Agnes Maude Ethel Stowe née Simpson (1878-) was the daughter of James Cowie Simpson, coal master, and Margaret ‘Maggie’ Simpson née Watson (about 1857-), who had married, 1877, at Hamilton, Lanarks.; Agnes herself married, 1899, at St Giles, Edinburgh, Griswold Stowe, treasurer of the Desha Lumber Company [USA] – the connection was that Maggie’s mother was the daughter of Sir John Watson, making Agnes the niece of Mrs Mackintosh who was born a Watson [there was clearly a reunion of the ‘Watsons’ going on, see also diary entry for 14th January]

[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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rumblingclint

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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