11 May 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Warmer today + very little wind. Hazy + dusty: wind S.W.to S.E. Raining from 6 O’clock. Cycled in town + up to Fauldshope. Heard from Thomson re Mellalieu’s kid1. He diagnoses abdominal Tuberculosis + doesn’t think she will recover. Saw Chalmers re Ambulance. Marked out a lot of accounts. Dora [Muir] went to Gala to see the Patons2 + Jean [Muir] had tea at Elmpark3.

1 See diary entry for 10 May 1920

2 Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), sisters living on their own means [1901 Census] but, to judge by the community appeal for funds to assist in their flit to Galashiels in May 1918, they suffered the fate of many before the Welfare State who tried to survive on a fixed or limited income

3 Home of Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), Dr Muir’s generous friend

[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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