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

Another day like yesterday. David had a couple of circumcisions at Johnstone’s, Craigview1 + I gave chlor[oform]. Had to go out to Smedheugh to see Mrs Dagg2. Cycled there. Went fishing, but did very little. Got 5 small ones. The Patons3 were here at lunch + Mrs Mackintosh4 + they all adjourned to Elmpark for tea. Got back from fishing at 7.35 + had to go to Lilliesleaf to see the three sons of a tramp couple + get them sent to the poorhouse.

1 William R Johnstone, mill manager, was at Craigview, 5 Ashybank, Selkirk, 1919 and 1920 Valuation Rolls

2 Elizabeth Malcolm Gardiner née Dagg, widow of Alexander Dagg (1885-1920), farmer, who had committed suicide in July 1920; they had married at Kirkliston, 1907 and she appears to have died 1927 at Cathcart, Glasgow

3 Isabella Clementina ‘Isa’ Paton (about 1838-1929) and Marion Agnes Paton (about 1841-1940), sisters living on their own means [1901 Census], latterly at Galashiels

4 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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