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

Fair. S.W. wind: drying. F A Dubs1, Yair died at 4.30 p.m. I was there by 10.15 + found him sinking. Beatson2 stayed all day. Sent Sandy McClure3 a P.C. [post card]. Did also Yair Farm + Bogle House returning via Heatherlie, Dunsdale, Hospital &c. Mrs Pollok4 + a niece (a Miss Muir5 who knows all the Prestwick Connection6) called + had tea.

1 Frank Albert or F A Dubs (1860-1920), engineer and locomotive builder, later of ‘private means’, with nine servants [source: 1911 census], born Anderston, Glasgow but retired 1902 and latterly staying in Yair

2 George Thomas Beatson (1848-1933), K.C.B., K.B.E., D.L., Scottish oncologist, after whom the Beatson / West of Scotland Cancer Centre is named [and from whence, it must be acknowledged, the Editor’s beloved has received fabulous support these last 10 years]

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

4 Christina Jane Pollok née Graham (1864-1948), second wife of John Pollok the Pro. Fiscal of Selkirk

5 Not identified

6 The Prestwick connection (Muir / Rennie / Miller) came via Catherine Stewart Rennie née Muir (1829-1915), Dr J S Muir’s sister, and her family

[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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