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

Some rain this morning but fair from 11 + a fair afternoon + evening. Motored to Philiphaugh Stables to see Mrs McDonald1 + took Sandy McClure2. Came back by Hospital + went to afternoon service (Helen, Eva3 + Sandy). Wrote in afternoon. Sandy + Eva called at The Firs4 + we all had tea at Elmpark5, a big feed it was. John Murray6 broke in upon us. Then I showed Viewfield nursing home + saw some cases after. We had the 3 best bottles of Muscatell7 from the Magic Cave8 for supper + the remains of the port. David [Graham, co-partner] looked in at night.

1 Not identified

2 Alexander Logan ‘Sandy’ McClure (c.1860-1932), Advocate and sometime Sheriff of Argyle, normally lived at 16 Heriot Row, Edinburgh and evidently staying for a few days

3 Jessie Evelyn Ramsay ‘Eva’ McClure née Hotson, Sandy McClure’s wife

4 The Firs, Selkirk was the home of Patrick Smith, advocate, Alice Smith née Paterson and their daughter Alice B S Smith

5 Elm Park, Selkirk was the home of Agnes Mackintosh, née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946)

6 There were several individuals called John Murray in Selkirk at this time

7 The party has has some dessert wines from the ‘Magic Cave’

8 Dr Muir’s name for Agnes Mackintosh’s home, perhaps through synecdoche from her wine cellar

[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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