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

A day of constant rain till between 5 + 6. Was in the house all day except to walk to the P.O. before lunch + up to Gatesgarth1 before dinner. Wrote Dav. [Graham], Lennies [?], Mary, Agnes Lagan2 , Patrick3, [and] Helen4. A lot of people left the hotel including Mrs Copland5 [sic] + Miss Foster from Carlisle + the Longges + Mrs Wilson from Birmingham. After dinner Mr Cook of Cockermouth made an appeal for the Cumberland Infirmary6 + asked me to say something. £3 1 6 was contributed.

1 Gatesgarth is the Farm at the south west end of Buttermere at the bottom of Honister Pass and below Fleetwith Pike

2 Unidentified

3 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

5 Susanna Copeland née Foster, widow of the Reverend William Broadbent Copeland (c.1839-1904), M.A., vicar of St James Buttermere Parish 1898-1902 [Sources: his death, Mar 1904, Copeland, William, Whitehaven Registration District 10b 482 and marriage Sep 1862, Copeland, William Broadbent and Foster, Susanna, Islington 1b 473]

6 The Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle

[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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