4 March 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A dull sunless damp mild day. I got quite hot walking with a Burberry. Very little to do. David [Graham, co-partner] is gradually monopolising the work, especially the County. I saw 7 town cases: marked out some paid accounts: cleared some letters of [sic] my table + paid some charities. Helen + Nancy1 walked to Boleside2, crossed the ferry, walked to Melrose + back to Lindean. Helen bought a pair of brass candlesticks for my marriage present to Sarah Twentyman3.

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

2 The Abbotsford Ferry crossed the River Tweed at Boleside, just below the confluence of the Tweed and the Ettrick Water

3 It is not what Sarah Twentyman’s connection is with Selkirk or with Dr Muir (though it may become clear in time when the Editor tackles the pre-1914 diaries) but Sarah Swinburn Twentyman (1877-1963) married Nicholas Stick, June Quarter 1920, Cockermouth Registration District; see 4 February 1920 diary for more detail

[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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