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

Weather the same but with a little sunshine. Nice + warm + calm. Mrs And. Wright1 went home from Viewfield. Bella2 was out in the grounds for a little. Saw some town cases walking. Dora + Boyack3 went to Lilliesleaf with D. [David Graham] + then to Friarshawmuir4 where he was buying a gun. They came back to Elmpark for tea + then Boyack went with D. to Bengerburn + Eagles Nest5. Mrs Mack6 was here at supper. I had a very quiet afternoon in the house by myself.

1 Isabella Wright née Johnstone of 6a Clifton Road, Selkirk [1920 Valuation Roll]; she had married 31 December 1897, at Selkirk Manse, Andrew Wright, journeyman tailor, later tailor’s cutter

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

3 Friarshawmuir, Bowden, Roxburghshire (grid reference NGR NT510,265), where Brigadier General James Bruce Jardine was Proprietor [1920 Valuation Roll]

4 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

5 Mountbengerburn (NT317,254) and Eastleigh Nest (NT316,259), both Yarrow and near to Gordon Arms

6 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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