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

Breakfasted at 7 left at 8.15 + motored to Craighill taking Boyack1 behind2. It was a lovely morning + I never saw Ettrick Vale more beautiful. Found Mrs Anderson3 better. Got back at 10.40. Dropped off at foot of Ettrick Road + made some calls. The autumn holiday began today + the town was delightfully quiet. Went over to Viewfield + saw D. [David Graham, co-partner] there. Filled up form for insurance claim for fire4. Made out accounts in afternoon. Mrs Mack5 had tea in the garden + the girls went down to Elmpark after. They brought up a hedgehog + put it on a dish with a cover for my dinner! This was a fine day, dry + warm.

1 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

2 The Editor assumes that this means she was in the Dickey seat with Dr Muir and his driver in the front

3 Mrs Grace Anderson née Davidson whom Dr Muir attended on 6 August 1920

4 Dr Muir had a small fire at his home on 4 August 1920

5 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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