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

Perhaps not quite as cold but certainly not warm. Raining in the morning but faired up in the forenoon. Not much to do. Saw 7 town cases. Banked over £40 for M & G [Muir & Graham co-partnery] (balance over £500). Got letter from Sandy McClure1 telling of Huntly Gordon’s2 having been operated on for appendicitis + suggesting I should write him which I did. Spent a few hours over roads + maps in Cumberland3. Betty Turnbull4 went up to Kirkhope for the night. Expected a crowd for Vacc[ination] but only 3 turned up. Wrote Munro5 + Guy6 about Jean7 + Sandy McClure about Huntly Gordon.

1 Alexander Logan ‘Sandy’ McClure (1860-1932), advocate, whose mother was a Logan as was Dr Muir’s mother

2 Not identified, though there was a reference to Huntly Gordon Cowell in Dr Muir’s 5 May 1920 diary but it is not normally Dr Muir’s habit to refer to acquaintances by their forenames

3 Dr Muir was anticipating his holiday in the Lake District

4 Not identified

5 Not identified, but there has been a familiar reference to Munro a number of times previously in Dr Muir’s diaries and the best hypothesis would be that he was a clergyman

6 Gavin Struthers ‘Guy’ Muir (1846-1927), Dr Muir’s brother

7 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter, soon to marry, much to Dr Muir’s chagrin

[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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