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

Bright morning but gradually duller + wind rose from W.S.W. Barometer falling + a sensation of drizzle at night. Walked to [word deleted] Forest Road, Curror Street, Clifton Road + Home. Went to Morning Service. Mr Hutton of Stow1 preaching from “One thing have I of the Lord desired”2 &c. Saw Miss Dunn after Church. D. [Dora Muir] + Boyack3 went with D. [David Graham, Co-partner] to Deloraine4 + took tea with them. I had a quiet afternoon + put up the rest of the County accounts + did the books to date. David looked in at night.

1 The Reverend John R Hutton of the United Free Church Manse, Stow, 1920 Valuation Roll

2 Psalms 27:4 “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.”

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

4 Easter Deloraine and Wester Deloraine are near Gilmanscleuch, Kirkhope Parish

[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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