1 July 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A day of incessant rain + the mist was down. I never got outside the door + could only smoke + read. It was really rather slow. Wrote Frank Muir1 to ask if he had got the part of the steering gear of the car from the Swift2 people but before I had closed his letter I got a P.C.3 (Loch Skene4) from him to say he had got it + sent it to Selkirk. Got a letter from Tom Alexander5 offering himself for a week in Sept. + wrote him. Had another interesting talk with the Ornithologist after dinner. Nancy + Tim6 walked up to Newlands Hause + got very wet.

1 Francis ‘Frank’ Muir (1877-1972), electrical engineer and Dr Muir’s nephew

2 The Swift was the car used by the Muir and Graham medical partnership

3 Post card

4 Loch Skene, ENE of Birkhill on the Selkirkshire – Dumfriesshire boundary, grid reference NGR NT171,164; the loch debouches into the Tail Burn above the Gray Mare’s Tail

5 Not identified

6 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s daughter and wife of John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior and their son George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005)

[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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