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

A slight touch of frost which quite disappeared but there was a sharp N.W. wind + in the forenoon a little rain. I started to bicycle + went to Bleachfield Road (Mrs W Smith curetting), Hospital + Goslaw Green but came back for the car + did Harewoodglen + Newarkburn + after lunch had to go back to Bowhill to see Lady Mary1 (suspicion of chickenpox) + then to Yair, so I got nothing more done at the accounts. Helen had tea with the Peeresses2 at Elmpark.

1 This may refer to Lady Mary Theresa Montagu Douglas Scott later Cecil (1904-1984)

2 This refers to the group of titled women who were descendants of Sir John Watson (1819-1898), 1st Bt. of Earnock and Neilsland, Scottish coal owner, including Ladies Lady Belhaven and Stenton, Hemphill and Napier – see also diary entries for 15th and 16th January 1920

[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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