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

Helen left this morning for Chorley1

Very strong S.W. wind but no rain to speak of: Sunless. Cycled in town + to Viewfield in afternoon. Left about 12.45 + cycled to Heatherlie, Yair Farm Cottage (Cairney2) + by the old road (of which I had to walk the first half it was so muddy + rutty) to Peelburnfoot. Found Michael G3 improving. Met his oldest son Willie4 who lives at Clydebank + is a painter. Got back to tea at 3.30. 120 gallons petrol arrived today. Tina Patrick5 had tea at Elmpark. Bella6 in bed with cystitis.

1 It is not revealed in Dr Muir’s diary why his daughter Helen went to Chorley, Lancashire

2 Unidentified but possibly William Cairney who was a domestic groom, aged 17, born Wigton, who was at Old Peel, Caddonfoot, 1911 Census

3 Michael Glendinning (c.1839-1922), tenant occupier, house and garden at Peelburnfoot, Caddonfoot, 1920 Valuation Roll and previously recorded as a farmer at Williamhope, Caddonfoot, 1911 Census

4 William ‘Willie’ Glendinning (1864-1943), master painter, died 1943 in Dunbartonshire

5 Christina Robertson ‘Tina’ Patrick née Rodger (c.1846-1924), daughter of Peter Rodger (1804-1888), of Selkirk, solicitor and local government official; married David Patrick, solicitor; of Hamilton but at Selkirk, 1901 Census

6 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

[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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