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

A dry clear sunny day with a sharp N.W. wind: grand for the hay crop. There was a very slight shower between 6 + 7. After doing Viewfield + a few others I motored to Heatherlie + Peelburnfoot. Went on to Clovenfords + left a message for Pussy Stewart1 to come down tomorrow to see to Gray2. Cycled to Lilliesleaf [and] Vaccinated Mrs Gourlay3 (Grace Alexander) + her sister Jessie4. There was a golf gymkhana going on. Mrs Mack5 went out with Tina6. Saw Bella7 twice at Viewfield. Bell Harkness8 made the black currant jam9.

1 The Clovenfords reference has been no help in clarifying this identity: referred to as Stuart elsewhere in the diary, otherwise unidentified but, conceivably, Dr Muir’s very first locum or, perhaps, John Struthers Stewart (c.1846-1930), L.R.C.P.S., medical practitioner, sometime of Merchiston Place and of Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh who would have been a near-contemporary of Dr Muir at Medical School – see also diary entries 15th and 18th July 1920 – in a 1916 return to the Scottish Medical Service Emergency Committee he was recorded as aged 70 and of 173 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, General Practitioner:- non-panel

2 Assume John Gray, engineer, Proprietor Occupier at 18 Castle Street, Selkirk, 1920 Valuation Roll – see diary entry for 25 July 1920

3 Grace Thomson B Gourlay née Alexander (1878-), she had married Adam Elliot Gourlay in 1904 at Newington

4 Jessie Alexander was a witness at her sister’s wedding; James Alexander was a farmer at Chapelmuir and Harelaw, both Lilliesleaf, 1920 Valuation Roll

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

6 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

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

8 Isabella ‘Bell’ Harkness née Lockie (1859-1929)

9 Thomas Baptie had brought in a good quantity of blackcurrants on 23 July

[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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