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

A dismal rainy day from E. up till between 2 + 3 + after that it improved + was a lovely evening. Bella1 a shade better but still in bed. Dora2 working like a navvy! Motored round town + to Middlestead3, Firs [?], Hospital &c. + then to Lilliesleaf, Riddell W. Lodge + Dryden. Called at Kirklea + thanked Madge Ogilvie4 for the glass cooking dish6 which she has sent for Jean5. Tina7 was at a sale of work at Parish Church with Mrs MacIntosh8.

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

2 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter, operating as his housekeeper during Bella Paulin’s indisposition

3 Middlestead (grid reference NGR NT452,264) is on the road that runs across the south of Selkirk from South Common to Oakwoodmill

4 Katherine Margaret ‘Madge’ Scott Ogilvie née Anderson (1879-1965), wife of William Henry ‘W H’ or ‘Will’ Ogilvie (1869-1963), author, journalist and one of Australia’s great Bush poets; they lived at Kirklea, Ashkirk

5 Schott AG introduced the first Borosilicate glass in 1893, sold as ‘Duran’, 22 years before Corning produced the ‘Pyrex’ brand launched as cookware in 1915

6 Jane Henderson Logan ‘Jean’ Pike née Muir (1877-1941), Dr Muir’s eldest daughter; she had married on 15 June 1920 (Dr Muir did not attend) so this clearly refers to a wedding gift

7 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

8 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

[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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