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

On Saturday got payment of John Hume’s (Lilliesleaf) 1915 account amounting to £10. 8. 6. Saw Agnes (who came in with the money) 12/- for a marriage present. Yesterday the back wheel of my bicycle was very stiff + Baptie discovered a huge accumulation of mud inside the [mud-]guard which acted like a brake.

Another lovely day but with some cloud in the morning. A tough of frost too + the roads good before the sun touched them + in the shade. Gave the epileptic boy Turnbull chlor[oform] and extracted 3 teeth. Cycled to Tre… Crescent, Goslaw Green, Ashybank, Newark Mill, Bowhill, Carterhaugh + Oakwoodmill. Went to meeting of St Andrews Commttee at [illegible]. Besides myself there were only Johnstone + Carnegie2. Arranged to deliver [?] a circular re the motor ambulance. Helen + Nancy3 had a walk + tea at Thornfield4. Jack5 looked in at night about his elbow.

1 Assume John Hume, draper, at Thorncroft, Lillieleaf, 1915 Valuation Roll

2 David Carnegie Alexander, ‘Carnegie Alexander’ or ‘D.C.A.’ (1856-1928), solicitor

3 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), two of Dr Muir’s daughters

4 Thornfield, Scott’s Place, home of Charles Henry Roberts, manufacturer [1920 Valuation Roll]

5 John Roberts junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966), Dr Muir’s son-in-law, mill owner and Provost of Selkirk, later knighted “for political and public services in Selkirk”

[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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