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

Was called up at 1.30 to Mrs Cairney1, Yair. It was all over when I got there + I got back to bed at 3.30. Did not have breakfast til 10. It poured all day without intermission, sometimes very heavily + it was raining at dark. I saw some town cases walking + sat at accounts in afternoon. Bella2 improving a little. Felt some indigestion. Dora + Boyack3 keeping the house going + cheering me with song + music in the evening. David [Graham] was at Deuchar Mill.

1 Robert Goskirk Cairney, born 5 August 1920, Yair, Caddonfoot

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

3 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

[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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