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

Magnificent day with an almost cloudless sky + wind, though E., very slight. Dear Mousey1 came back tonight looking very well + having thoroughly enjoyed herself. Saw David make the artificial anus in And. Riddell at Viewfield2. Cycled to Forest Road, Glebe, Heathpark + on to Lilliesleaf via Greenhill to see a Mrs Scott whom I saw last Sat. + who lives in Mackay3 the old School Master’s house now called Cheviot View4. Took tea with me + had it between Houdshall + Clarilawmuir5. Then went on via Lindean to Faldonside + back to Hospital. Had some 17 Vaccinations at night.

1 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter

2 See diary entry for 6 June 1920

3 James West Mackay, sometimes McKay (c.1826-), parochial schoolmaster, aged 35 and living at the parochial school house in 1861 Census, he was later the Inspector of Poor and Registrar while his wife Joanna Mackay née Kennedy, formerly MacArthur (c.1838-1903), was the School Superintendent – they had married in 1881 after she had divorced John MacArthur (whom she had married in 1858); James appears to have flitted immediately after his wife’s death

4 Cheviotview, Lilliesleaf, where William Smith was proprietor, 1920 Valuation Roll

5 Houdshall, grid reference NGR NT516,279 and Clarilawmuir, NT512,286, both between Selkirk and Midlem

[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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