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

Rain through the night + a misty morning but it turned out about the finest day we have had: calm sunny + warm. I cycled early to Sundhope + Black Andro. There was a moderate wind from S.W. From the 5th to the 10th milestones I took 341/2 minutes going + 211/2 coming. Read in the garden with Dora1 in the afternoon. Jack, Nancy2 + Willie Lindsay3 came to supper + Betty Turnbull4 came back when we were at it. I took Jack + Willie over Viewfield5. Went to evening service: a stranger – a missionary I think – preached, Mr Ross6 being at the Assembly7.

1 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter, latterly working as his housekeeper

2 John Roberts junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966) and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

3 William Fisher ‘Willie’ Lindsay (1887-1951), of Whitehope, Yarrow

4 Unidentified

5 Viewfield was getting close to being ready to open as the new cottage hospital for Selkirk

6 The Reverend Andrew Ross (1871-1942), Church of Scotland minister

7 The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland was held at Peebles in May 1920

[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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