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

A bright sunny morning + sharp frost. Snow lying at Prestwick + till we got to Muirkirk. I had a good sleep. Breakfasted at 9 + left at 10 with Jack + Nancy. Called for Jessie who is looking very thin + worn. We went back as we came via Douglas + Abington + had a splendid run, Jack’s car attaining 50 m.p.h. Got to Moffat at 1 + Stewart came to lunch. Afterwards we went + saw the boys of St Ninian’s at football but it was so cold that I left + started to walk homewards. Jack picked me up between the 6th + 7th milestones + we reached Selkirk at 6 in time for a lot of consultations. There has been nothing the least pressing. I find that the distance from Moffat to Ayr via Muirkirk is 66 [miles] + via Nithsdale 73.

1 John ‘Jack’ Roberts and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir

2 Jessie Logan Miller née Rennie (1860-1920), daughter of James Rennie (1826-1924), Presbyterian minister, and Catherine Stewart Rennie née Muir (1829-1915), Dr J S Muir’s sister, she had married Edward Caird Miller, iron and steel founder, in 1891

3 St Ninian’s Preparatory School was a private preparatory school for boys from 1879 until after the Second World War

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

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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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