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

A fresh day + a strong Sou’ Wester with heavy blasts of rain with one or two blinks of sunshine. Message to Beechwood, Bogle House + Caddonlee for all of which I motored. Wrote Sarah Twentyman1 + the Patons (who sent me “The Way of an Eagle” by Ethel M Dell2). Helen + I had tea at Elmpark with Mrs Mack, Lady Belhaven + Lady Napier3.

1 Sarah Twentyman (1877-1963) – see diary entry for 4 February 1920

2 Ethel May Dell Savage (1881-1939) known as Ethel M Dell, British writer, her first book ‘The Way of an Eagle’ was published in 1911 and went through dozens of printings; it was not Dr Muir’s first Ethel M Dell novel, he previously noted reading ‘The Rocks of Valpré’, 1914

3 Agnes Mackintosh, née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk, her sister Georgina Hamilton née Watson (1856-1940), Lady Belhaven and Stenton and her niece Clarice Jessie Evelyn Napier née Hamilton (1881-1951), Lady Napier

[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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