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

A slight rain in forenoon but fine + sunny after. Quite pleasant in the garden. Baptie1 brought in a big lot of black currants + strawberries for jam. The latter are a fine crop. Dora [Muir] jam making. Bella2 a little better at Viewfield. Gave a girl McGuffie3 gas at Viewfield + pulled a tooth. Saw town cases walking + distributed Communion Cards. Felt strangely fagged in afternoon. Finished posting June [accounts]. People in [consultation] from 6 to 7.50 + after dinner I had to go to Paterson, Ettrick Road4 + Johnstone5, South Port for a child Brown6.

1 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir

2 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-?1952), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

3 Not identified

4 James Paterson, gardener, was Proprietor Occupier at 4 Ettrick Road, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

5 James Johnstone, tailor, was Proprietor Occupier at 18 South Port, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll

6 Not identified

[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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