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

The last of the snow of this day week on the roof of the hay shed disappeared today. Patches are still visible on the hills. Today was fresh + blowy with slight showers in the afternoon. I cycled to Goslaw Green, Forest Mill, Cannon Street, Beechwood + Bowhill seeing half a doz. town cases. At 3 at the Home gave Jean Oliver chlor[oform] while Dav. incised + drained her knee joint + then I walked to Gibson + Lumgair, Sloebank + Eastfield. Helen cycled to Meigle to see Elsie [?] Elliot who is there with 2 of her kids. Mrs Steedman ‘Phoned me that she had met Jim + Jessie Hayes1 at Fowey2.

1 James ‘Jim’ Hayes and his wife Jessie Geddes Thomson Hayes née Muir (1860-1930), daughter of Alexander Muir and thus Dr Muir’s niece

2 The Editor assumes that the Hayes were on holiday at Fowey [assonant with Hawick], Cornwall, a beautiful coastal town but one with famous literary connections too in Dame Daphne du Maurier, author of Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and Frenchman’s Creek and Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch or ‘Q’, editor of the Oxford Book Of English Verse which became a cultural phenomenon during and after the First World War because its compact edition was so often carried to the Front by soldiers

[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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