4 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Lovely morning + fair up till about 2 + then it rained heavily with the wind away to S. Was in the house all day making out accounts, except that I had to go down to Agnes Clapperton1 between 4 + 5. Several people in at Consultation! David [Graham, co-partner] was in. Dora + Boyack2 went to Elmpark + had some Tennis with Barbara + Stewart3 who came to tea. Sent in a notice to Dundas4 of a fire at Viewfield which resulted in the destruction of a shelf on which the Steriliser stands.

1 Perhaps Perhaps Agnes Rutherford Clapperton (c.1853-1923), Tenant Occupier at Claremont, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk [1920 Valuation Roll], daughter of Robert Clapperton and Margaret Clapperton née Rutherford

2 Miss Boyack was a friend of Dora’s who stayed with the Muirs from 3rd to 31st August 1920; perhaps they knew one another from wartime nursing (she went on a number of Dr Muir’s calls and assisted on at least one occasion) but she is otherwise unidentified

3 Andrina Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Twhigg (1902-1996) and Stewart Muir Roberts (1908-2003), two of Dr Muir’s grandchildren

4 Assume William Clayton Dundas (1887-1968), solicitor and County Clerk for Selkirkshire, temp. 1920)

[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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