20 April 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Clear + sunny at 7 but wet slates + roads showed it had recently rained + after there was a shower more rain in afternoon. Otherwise it was fair but colder N.E. [wind]. Had a big list again but was able to cycle. Dressed Mrs Nichol with nurse at 10 after seeing Ian Turnbull. Saw some Heatherlie cases, Bannerfield, Yair Bridge, Bogle House, Caddonfoot, Bridgelands + Curror Street. Saw some other cases after lunch. Called to say goodbye to Agnes Durnford1 + before dinner was called to Tait, Backrow2 + Baby Mellalieu3. Helen [Muir] left with Agnes D. for London.

1 Agnes Watson Durnford née Harper (1888-1976), she had married in 1918 and, though she appears to have come to Scotland in 1920 specifically to have her baby son, she spent most of the rest of her life living in the Bath, Somerset area

2 Unidentified, there were several Tait households in Backrow, Selkirk in the 1920 Valuation Roll

3 Dorothy Mary Mellalieu, daughter of William Norman Mellalieu, music teacher, and Judith Anne Mellalieu née Hardwick, born 6 November 1919 at Roseneuk, The Glebe, Selkirk

[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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