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

A nice day on the whole with some rain early + about 6. I was in the house all day + finished the accounts. I had to go over to Viewfield after dinner to Johnny Nicolson1 who had retention. Dora [Muir] + Boyack2 motored over to the Patons3 + returned by train at 6. Jack + Jock4 + a friend of the latter = Donald Rutherford looked in at night. Baptie5 noticed [River] Tweed in high flood while Ettrick was comparatively unaffected.

1 John Nicholson (c.1858-1920), woollen mill foreman, retired, of 32 High Street, Selkirk

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 Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), sisters living on their own means

4 John Roberts junior ‘Jack’ (1876-1966) and John ‘Jock’ (1904-1950), Dr Muir’s son-in-law and grandson

5 Thomas Baptie (1860-1929), driver and handyman for Dr Muir


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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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