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

A very nice day + almost no rain, just a slight drizzle about 3. Beautiful evening, calm + mild. Mr Bartie1 seriously ill. Saw him 3ce He looked like sinking at 9.30 p.m. cycled in the forenoon there, Sawmill + town. Motored in Straker2 to Lilliesleaf + Dryden. Jack, Nancy + all the kids but Jock3 (who is in camp at Barry) came in at 8 after being at the Pictures. Dora4 very busy sweeping [and] washing floors + doorsteps + making fair. Sent Bella5 + Mrs Mack6 some strawberries.

1 James Bartie (c.1845-1921), chartered engineer, County Road Surveyor and Sanitary Inspector

2 Straker Squire or Straker-Squire Ltd., also Brazil, Straker (1901-1927), motor manufacturer – see diary entries for 22 May and 18 June 1920

3 John ‘Jack’ Roberts and Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir and their children Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’, Louisa Jane, Stewart Muir and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts, the absentee being John ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Dr Muir’s eldest grandson

4 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

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

6 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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