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

A brilliant morning + a very pleasant day but towards evening the wind blew strongly from S.W. + it got duller. It is the nicest day we have had since I came home + no rain. Motored round town + down to Faldonside where I saw Mrs + Ralph Dees1. Found Mrs D. very nice. Called for Dawn + Jessie2. Found the former much better than I expected after David’s report. In afternoon cycled to Viewfield, Firs + Philiphaugh Stables. Called for Mrs Steel + saw her baby, a lovely boy3. Mrs Smith, Ralph + Edith4 have gone to France. Tina5 had tea at Elmpark. Letter from Nancy6.

1 The couple are presumably Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson and her son Ralph Andrew Irwin Dees (1913-1988); Edith’s husband Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) had inherited approximately £90,000 on the death of his uncle Robert Richardson Dees, solicitor, of Wallsend, in 1908 – for which he was known as Robber Dees around Tyneside – and had taken on the tenancy of Faldonside in 1920

2 Dawn Gordon Belle Brack Boyd Wilson, later Boyd Wilson Milne (1894-1980) and Jessie Milne Brack Boyd (1867-1961), of Faldonside, plantswoman and gardener

3 Perhaps James Malcolm Strang Steel, born on 4 November 1919, Chelsea Registration District, son of Samuel Strang Steel of Philiphaugh, later 1st Baronet, and Hon. Vere Mabel Cornwallis; later a Lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards, he was killed in action, 17 March 1943, aged 23, in North Africa

4 Alice Smith née Paterson (1863-1943), wife of Patrick Smith (1858-1930), advocate and sheriff-substitute, and two of their grown-up children Ralph Colley Smith (1891-1957) – very badly maimed during the First World War – and Edith Margaret Smith (1896-)

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 Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948), Dr Muir’s second daughter

[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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