3 February 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

The gale lessened this morning + subsided by the afternoon when the rain also ceased. The curious feature of the weather has been a WSW gale + rain with a high barometer. David being home I had less to do + saw 5 town cases. Wrote Stewart1 whose 12th birthday is tomorrow. Called at Elmpark for Agnes2 who goes to Edinburgh tomorrow for her confinement. Durnford3 is with her. Helen4 was down at Lauriston for tea. Yesterday I had letters from Sandy McClure5, Dora6 + Patrick7 the letters dated Nov. 23.

1 Stewart Muir Roberts (1908-2003), Dr Muir’s grandson

2 Agnes Watson Durnford née Harper (1888-1976), daughter of Ebenezer Erskine Harper, Sheriff Substitute of Selkirkshire, and Agnes Harper née Watson (Mrs Mackintosh); later a Red Cross VAD holder of Red or White Stripe [‘Selkirkshire V.A.D.s.’, the Southern Reporter, 6 April 1922], she married, 2 July 1918, at Mayfield United Free Church, Newington, Edinburgh, Major Norman Stanley M Durnford (1889-1965), Army Service Corps, of Stoke Bishop, Bristol

3 Norman Stanley M Durnford (1889-1965), Army Officer, later businessman, of Stoke Bishop, Bristol

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and his housekeeper

5 Alexander Logan ‘Sandy’ McClure (1860-1932), advocate, whose mother was a Logan as was Dr Muir’s mother

6 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

7 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

[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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